Portugal

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  • zaq

    I am planning a trip to Portugal in July / August.
    This is my first time there. Looking for some tips where I can stay and maybe do some work ( remotely ).
    I would prefer to stay away from tourist traps. Maybe stay at a little town.

  • shapesalad2

    Coimbra.

  • OBBTKN1

    A cheap apt. in Lisbon or Oporto and move by car from there?

    • There is a qbner living there...OBBTKN
    • You could ask him... if qbn had a PM system fo their usersOBBTKN
  • shapesalad4

    You could get a camper van and go along the Atlantic coast above Sagres. Some nice surf vibe quiet towns and beaches. It's a protected area. Beautiful wild beaches and nice countryside.

    Algarve area would be hell at that time of year. Too many tourists of a certain type. And isn't nice anyway. Lagos would be the furthest west you'd want to go from Sagres.

    If it's your first time to Portugal you'll want to at least see Lisbon and Porto.

    The small towns and villages might not offer enough to keep you interested. Nazare is good, some of the worlds biggest waves, but too touristy and lacking a vibe. Aveiro is small and could be ok, but a week would be enough. There's a Airbnb in an old film directors house that could work for you as place to work remotely too.

    Coimbra is small, but pretty old university town with really old library. Bit touristy the library. Inland so no beaches. Along the river that passes the city it's lovely and has a Paris feel.

    Lisbon and Porto have plenty of coworking spaces. Also Lisbon has some excellent libraries that have high speed wifi, power sockets and good desks. Safe too. And free. One has a lovely old room with a city/river view. Lisbon also has some beaches within an hour and enough cultural things to keep you busy. Plenty of meetups, and a digital nomad meetup. Everyone speaks English. Watch out for burglars.

    • shapesalad, this is awesome. Do you live there?zaq
    • Yeah. But not sure for how much longer. I'm planning on making an ebook/blog with all the info I've discovered about Portugal.shapesalad
    • awesome. It would be great if you can start that within the next 2 monthszaq
    • ^ I'll do my best. And post link hereshapesalad
    • +zaq
  • canoe1


    • From The Wire Tapper series, The Wire magazine... fell in love with Fado thanks to that great magazine.canoe
  • dmay2

    Braga is a beautiful small city near Oporto, with some coworking spaces.

    Great small cities nearby, Guimarães, Viana do Castelo, Ponte da Barca, Ponte de Lima, the Peneda-Gerês National Park.

    The northern part of Portugal is not as warm (25 - 30 °C) as the southern part but is a lot greener and has a lot to see.

  • zaq0

    shapesalad, how is your blog coming along?

    • errr.. soon.. planned it out, written drafts for a few posts, got a url... just need to get some time to finish it.shapesalad
    • ^ hehe... "some time..."OBBTKN
  • wordssssss2

    Been here for the past three weeks. First two and a half were in Arouca south east of Porto. Quite beautiful with nature being its primary draw. Geoparks, mother rocks (large stones that give birth to tiny rocks) they only exist in a 1km square part at the top of a ridge, Trilobite museum - that kind of stuff. Spent many days lazing by a river swimming and reading. Went to Lisbon for a night and told our waiter where we were staying and he found it an interesting choice. Next part is by the sea in Porto. Quite lovely. Beautiful country. Mountain roads are crazy.