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Have you been there?
yup, 3 months and a half
cool, how was it?
will go back for sure
I was looking for lisbon but this looks really nice, thanks for mentioning ๐Ÿ™‚
Lisbon sucks ๐Ÿ˜‚
full of covid as well now
Iโ€™m thinking about going to Caparica now
not so many nomads though, more tourists
Haha yeah not very familiar in Portugal :sweat_smile:, Caparica is looking great aswel!
caparica is awesome for beach, surf and sunset
lots of tourists now though
and covid from lisbon ๐Ÿ˜‚
Why not go back to Madeira ๐Ÿ˜› ?
later, now is too expensive
off season is best
from Feb to June there were from 200 to 500 nomads there.
now not even 50
oh yes understandable
I just applied for the slack group โœŒ๏ธ
I will go there in 2 weeks. I am sooooo excited!
where r u staying?
in funchal, Sao Martinho. i took an apt for one year there.
one year?? jesus christ
yes, I setup my freelance in PT
but ur staying there for a year?
yes, I am planning to do it. Anyway I will travel a lot for work and maybe I will spend some months in Europe and South America
Hey all -I'm considering visiting Portugal for a "test-drive" this fall for a month or two. Is surfing possible, even if I have to wear a wetsuit? I've read the fall season can be good (I'm a beginner by the way). Besides surfing/swimming/beach, would you generally recommend visiting Portugal in the fall? Or should I really save it for Spring / Summer?
if youโ€™re in lisbon you can surf at cascais which is approx 30 mins away by train (if i recall correctly). I went last November and temperature is really nice + not crowded. I visited the last two autmuns and both times really nice although havenโ€™t been in the spring so canโ€™t comment although I would imagine its unbearably hot and crowded in the summer
Surf is possible all year round depending on location. Caparica has waves all year long, learning to surf right now.

Portugal is incredible on fall, imo the best time of the year. ๐Ÿ™‚
yup, less tourists, cheaper , less crowds.
Peniche and Ericeira u always have crowds in the waves though
pbsbdsgutwcwi thanks for the response! Why would you say fall is the best? How long have you been living in Portugal?
All his life joyjoy
Same here
ohbouqfb ahh ok cool, I was going to say, haven't heard of many people nomading in Coimbra hehe
Yeah no one.
any recommendations/cities for a first timer who has 1-2 months to get a feel for everything?
thanks U028E5NLMJN!
For surfing, google:
Costa vicentina
Baleal / Ferrel

For main cities

For nomads

For island
Hey guys, do you know if there any restriction to cross borders between Portugal and Spain ?
border is open
Just crossed it today with no problem
thank you
I agree with U02SYJFDZ;)br />
I lived in Lisbon until 19, then all around Portugal and now al around the word ๐Ÿ˜‰
Cool, and back in Portugal for now ?<@U01G3EPEMT9>
yes, until mid-September ๐Ÿ™‚
Learning how to surf and creating a community in Caparica ๐Ÿ™‚
Iโ€™m in Mercรชs, would also love to meet up!
Just been to one of the meet-ups, it was great!
Anyone know if for non-EU citizens who want D7, they need to go the Portuguese embassy in their country or can just fly in and do it with Portugal gov?
Yep, for a D7 โ€œthird-country nationalsโ€ need to apply from their country of residence. I got mine in the US a month ago (finally!) and it took just over 2 months. Thereโ€™s another route (not D7) to apply for residence from Portugal but it can take a long time and only applies to freelancers. The โ€œAmericans & FriendsPTโ€ Facebook group has detailed instructions for both.
Currently applying from South Africa and yeah Iโ€™ve been advised by lawyers that it needs to go through local embassy.

Though I have heard stories of folks going to Portugal on a Schengen and applying there. But doesnโ€™t seem like the norm and given the amount of paperwork required it seems like potentially more of a hassle.
๐Ÿ‘† Agreeโ€”it took me 2 months to do the paperwork and then 2 more months for them to process the application.
Australian citizen here, but had been resident in San Francisco for 4.5 years. Was supposed to apply for the D7 at the San Francisco visa processing center but it was closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, and the other embassies/VFS offices in other states wouldnโ€™t accept it because itโ€™s out of their jurisdiction. After much back and forth and explaining our situation (and impending expiry of our US visas), the Portuguese consulate in Sydney said we could send our application to them, but still required a FBI background check and proof of US residency. Returned to Australia to submit the application and picked it up in person, took about 6 weeks processing time.
```hi all, didn't see a madeira sub-channel so I'm posting here. Going on a workation in Madeira soon from lisbon (next Wed) and debating if I should stay in Funchal or Ponta do sol. The DN village initiative seems to have died down a little - the free coworking space offer ended on Jun 30th, according to the official website - and I emailed the digital nomad madeira ppl a few times and no reply. Funchal seems a lot more lively with city stuff, compared to the village feel of ponta do sol. If you have been there recently or still on the island, where do you recommend I go to find other solo travellers to do exploring stuff with? Thanks a ton!```
I'm in Funchal. Feels for me good as a base. There are still people in Ponta do Sol. So both might work.
Hey, the free coworking is still offered as the project was extended for several more years. I know of many solo travelers who ended up in Ponta do Sol after Funchal due to the community there. Funchal has a lot more to offer, but there isn't really a community like in Ponta (with a lot more events and gatherings). It depends a bit on what you're looking for, but Ponta might be a better option if you want a community feel (just note that accommodation right now is very expensive in both Ponta and Funchal) :)
Yes, PdS coworking is on for at least 3 more years.
Now is tourist season so most people left, barely 20 people now there I guess, prices ridiculously high for rentals and cars.
Funchal would be better for now since u don't need a car, no idea about the community there though.
My advice get a house/hotel for a week in funchal and go a couple of times to Ponta to spend the day.
Also join their slack, is where everything is communicated
I know there is some community in funchal and they organize hikes and parties
Are there any other short term rental sites to check out other than AirBnB for Portugal? Was planning on spending 2-3 months starting September to check out the country :slightly_smiling_face:

Side note plug your favorite place to check out. Weโ€™re young family with a 2 year old that like to be active outdoors, play tennis and prefer a more chill place and nice restaurants. Thanks!| but I don't see the point as Airbnb works fine
๐Ÿ›ฌ vyfnujox just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Madeira, #portugal
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๐Ÿ›ฌ peiadoetfvtewdt just arrived in :boat:๏ธ Lisbon, #portugal
Does portugal require US driver's to have an IDP with them to rent a car or motorcycle?
lkvxekhpjg Maybe saving money ๐Ÿ˜‚ But yeah, you're not the low budget traveller haha ๐Ÿ˜„
It doesn't really mattter what platform you use, it's a free market. Prices converge regardless and are generally the same
Airbnb, Booking .com Apartments and VBRO all same prices generally for short term
If you want to save money house sitting sites might help or go offline
thanks a lot jjnhquftjac and U02SYJFDZ! and you're right that prices are ridiculous there atm, I'll go for a short stint and back in the low season. What is a good low season where most ppl come back and the weather is still ok?
I arrived in April and was in the ocean every day :joy:
No idea about before but many nomads were there since Feb
๐Ÿ›ฌ lukajek just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Porto, #portugal
๐Ÿ›ฌ zbhjdshqocqf just arrived in :boat:๏ธ Lisbon, #portugal
Itโ€™s worth checking all of them. There is a bit of luck, on which day and on what platform your will find the cheap enough deal you will like.

First place we booked on|, it was good and cheap, but gets quite expensive to not have a kitchen and eat out every day. Now we booked Airbnb with a private kitchen in Cascais for next 9 days.

So depends on your needs and what good deal you will catch that day, for that period.
๐Ÿ›ฌ ipkbazkendakekrq just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Porto, #portugal
If you go from Spain to Portugal via land now, is there a testing requirement? How about if it is via plane?
Hello, I went from Tavira to Sevilla and back by land borders and no PCR test was requested. Actually nobody asked me anything ๐Ÿ™‚
no idea about requirements if you fly
Gotcha. Thanks.
Anyone has a good lead for an apartment around the centre of Lisbon with a nice terrace? Looking to stay three months (Oct-Dec), currently searching on Airbnb, but itโ€™s been hard to find the right place.
I stayed in an Airbnb in Alfama that had a reasonably sized roof terrace with a little bit of river view. Personally I wasn't the biggest fan of Alfama (although the views are stunning!), but otherwise would be happy to stay there again
Can send you more info if that sounds interesting to you
Terraces aren't a big thing in Lisbon, if they have one it's usually standing room only, is there a specific reason you want one?
Does he mean balcony?
I assume so
If you need it to smoke, the tiny balcony works fine
If you want to hang out on it while having breakfast and such I think you'd be better off on a city with newer housing stock
A big balcony should also work, itโ€™s not for smoking more for catching some sun while meditating.
Can you send me the link to this one glmmthwipbnccvug ?
Iโ€™ve been here since Nov
weatherโ€™s been ok pretty much the whole time, one or two storms, granted im comparing against london weather ๐Ÿคฃ
Hey hey, Ponta is with around 40 people nowadays, still parties and events going.
Funchal has all the restaurants and city stuff, I do agree with dlfnlawp without a car in high season, Funchal is better, but the community in PdS is really cool.

Everything should be back to normal by the end of September ๐Ÿ™‚| has more focus on medium term housing with good internet| the roof terrace is actually a lot bigger than it looks in the pictures (there's a small one and a larger one) Can send you the host's number if you wanna save on AirBnB fees
I recommend Uniplaces, where i found my 3 month flat
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