This is now my second stint living in Porto, Portugal, and I am just as much in love with it as I was the first time! Not only because itâ€™s a gorgeous city, but also because itâ€™s the perfect place for me, as a digital nomad.
So, let me tell you about why I love Porto, Portugal, and why I think youâ€™d love it too!
- The beaches are natural and unspoiled, and despite the fact that I am always here around winter/autumn, theyâ€™ve always been relatively empty, making it the perfect spot for relaxation, walking, and peace.
- There are too many beach restaurants, bars, and cafes to mention, making it such an awe-inspired location to sit, marvel, and to work from a laptop.
- The locals are super friendly, and they will go out of their way to make you feel at home and comfortable.
For example: I arrived in Porto one week before Christmas, and was invited to my friendâ€™s family Christmas dinner. I was treated like part of their family, was given Christmas gifts, and treated to an amazing dinner.
- The majority of Portuguese people in Porto can speak English.
- Itâ€™s incredibly cheap as opposed to many other European countries (I moved here from Switzerland!), which means that you can live a better standard of life on your various currencies as a digital nomad, andÂ you can save more.
For example, you can easily find a really lovely room for rent for under 300 Euroâ€™s a month, bills included.
- There are a ton of shopping malls, making it easy to get whatever you need (or if you just love shopping like I do).
- Even though the Portuguese are very warm and friendly, itâ€™s a generally quiet city.
And if any of those donâ€™t tickle your fancy, you may just adore the architecture â€“ such as the Dom LÃºis I Bridge (a double-deck metal arch Bridge that connects Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia), as well as the many wine tastings available.
Additionally, if you do find yourself in Porto, you should try francesinha â€“ a kind of sandwich originating in Porto, that has cured-ham, sausage, or meat, and melted cheese, along with a thick tomato beer sauce. Personally, I am not a fan (but donâ€™t ever tell someone from Porto)!