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We’re obsessed with Portugal, and we think that you should be too.

Nestled on the south-western edge of Europe, Portugal has more rugged landscapes, empty beaches, mountainside vineyards, ancient cities, and fairytale castles than you can shake a stick at.

It was awarded the Entrepreneurial Region of the Year just last year. Alongside its relaxed pace of life, relatively low cost of living and great internet connectivity, it’s no surprise then that Portugal is becoming a European hub for Startups, digital nomads, and location independent workers.

Airfares from North America and many European cities are dropping and Flystein can get you some great deals on flights to Lisbon, Porto, and Faro. All you have to do is ask. But before you do that, take a look at the list below and take your pick.

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Cool Things to Do in Portugal This Summer for Digital Nomads and Startups

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Kick off your Remote Year

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Have job will travel? Then you’ll need to join the Remote Year gang as they head to Lisbon, Europe’s best work-and-play capital, to kick off the 2016 Remote Year on August 1st.

Remote Year brings together a community of 75 digital nomads from across the globe to spend a year working, traveling, and exploring 12 cities around the world.

Dive and Snorkel! Azores, Madeira, Sesimbra and Algarve Coasts are Waiting for You

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Those interested in diving and snorkel are luck as summer is the best time for diving in Portugal. The Azores, Madeira, Sesimbra and Algarve Coasts are waiting for you!

The outrageous diving competition Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will hit S. Miguel, Azores, on July 9th. This is a beautiful volcanic archipelago located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. These islands are undoubtedly one of the last paradises in Europe and with direct flights from the USA why not to use it as a great stopover while crossing the pond?

Admire “The Tall Ships Races” Regatta

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Happening in Lisbon on from July 22 – 25, this one-of-a-kind event will highlight the celebration of the 60th anniversary of The Tall Ships Races.

If you are not one of the 5,000 crew members you can rock up to enjoy the show. Don’t forget your camera!

Eat, Drink and be Merry at the Olhão Seafood Festival and Ílhavo Cod Festival

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Taking place from August 9-14th in the town of Olhão near Faro in the Algarve, the Seafood Festival is the biggest in Europe and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year. Food, wine, music and amazing views make this one of the country’s best gastronomic events. Tickets cost just €9.

A few days later from August 17-21th, you can enjoy a unique festival devoted to the humble cod fish in Ílhavo. This Cod festival promises cod-related dishes by the bucket, with plenty of regional wines thrown in for good measure.

Get Your Fill of Pasteis de nata

We can’t get enough of these crisp, flaky pastry Portuguese custard tarts dusted with cinnamon. There’s a reason the queues at Lisbon‘s world-famous Pasteis de Belém snake around the pavement and that’s because the custard tarts there really are the best in the world.

If the queues turn you off, go to Manteigaria Fábrica de Pastéis de Nata or simply head to any local cafe or bakery where you’ll find the second best pasteis de nata in the world. You need some good food before you tackle Lisbon’s many things to do.

Get Caffeinated at the Porto Startup Coffee Meetup

Join Porto‘s entrepreneurs and investors for an informal chat at this group’s monthly get-togethers. Looking for a nice cafe with solid wifi and power outlets? Check out the Digital Nomad Café Guide to Lisbon.

Discover ‘The End of the World’

Cabo da Roca is the westernmost point of the European mainland and the spectacular, desolate scenery adds to the allure of the location.

Trivia fact: the windswept cliffs of Cabo de Roca were believed to be the edge of the world up until the late 14th century.

Hang out with the Hacker Paradise in Porto

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The traveling community for developers hits Porto from June 5th to August 27th, 2016.

All Hacker Paradise members get a 15% discount on a Flystein flight search to any destination.

Experience the Avante! Festival

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Taking place from September 2-4th 2016, the Festa do Avante! is as much an icon as the 25th April Bridge and the Christo Rei statue are.

This annual music, food and culture festival is put on by the Communist Party. Don’t worry if your politics do not align. This festival attracts everyone from all walks of life and everyone’s welcome.

Head over to the NOS Alive Festival

Taking place only minutes away from the center of Lisbon, NOS Alive is fast becoming one of Europe’s best alternative music festivals. This year’s lineup includes Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers, The Pixies, Robert Plant, the Foals, and Grimes.

If you attend just one festival this year, make it this one – where else will you get to see Radiohead and loads of other amazing acts for only €56? We’ll see you there at the Passeio Marítimo de Algés from July 7-9th.

Attend the Fábrica de Startups‘ Monthly Events

The Fábrica de Startups hosts several monthly and one of a kind events to get international entrepreneurs together, including The Grid Social and Networking Night (free beer from Sagres!), Entrepreneur’s Breakfast,Fabstart Demo Night and Digital Nomad Meetup.

Head to Festival Sudoeste

Festival Sudoeste (Southwest Festival) is a large, 5-day music festival that takes place every August near Zambujeira do Mar, in southern Portugal.

The festival has several stages and this year’s headliners include Steve Aoki, Damian Marley, James Morrison, and Seu Jorge. Pack your tent, your sunscreen, plenty of water, and head on over from August 3-7th.

Move to Portugal!

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Are you already in love with Portugal and curious about staying longer? Learn more about the quality of life, living costs, salaries, places to work from, and much more using Teleport Cities – and get help organizing your move using Teleport Zen. There are plenty of things to do in Lisbon for under 15 Euro too!

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    16 Comments

  1. Ohhhh, I need to put Portugal on my list now for sure! But so many countries to visit, so little time and $$$. Gotta priortize.

    You should also come to Bangkok, S.E. Asia’s hub for startup and digital nomads as well.

    • Hope you have the chance to visit soon Shayan! Will definitely put Bangkok on our list too :)

  2. I didn’t know Cabo da Roca was believed to be the end of the world. How cool it must have been in the 14th century to gave upon the edge of the world! Could you imagine that?

    • Crazy right! Glad you enjoyed the post Gina and that we could teach you something new! Happy travels :)

  3. I am dying to go to Portugal! We may be planning a trip after next year, so this is super helpful! I really want to work it out so we can see the Tall Ship Races! I can’t believe that the “End of the World” was actually considered the actual end of the world until the 14th century! That’s really interesting!

    • Sounds fab Megan! Portugal for 2018!

  4. I love the idea of a remote year and count me in for the seafood festival!

    • Seafood festival is a definite winner :D!

  5. So many cool things and not that much time to see them all! Those who are spending a gap year will be busy! Definitely festivals food and music sound great!

    • I know right!! Portugal has a lot to offer – it’s a fabulous place to base yourself right now :)

  6. Looks great place to visit! I loved that seafood & Cabo da Roca. In real I would love to go at that end point & wish to spend some time there. Amazing place. Thanks for sharing.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post Mahesh! Hope you have the chance to journey to the “end of the world” soon! :D

  7. Me and my wife are going to Lisbon in april next year never been to Lisbon so looking forward to it got it all planned out.Cannot wait

    • Have a wonderful trip Lee! Lisbon is a wonderful city, I’m sure you’ll love your time there :) Happy travels X

  8. Thamk you guys for your wonderful posts about portugal it really portraits about the country , hope will surely visit the country next summer holiday

    • So glad that you enjoyed the post – hope you have the chance to visit Portugal shortly!

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