Madeira launches ‘Digital Nomad Village’ with free workspace

The Digital Nomad Village is a haven for remote workers on the shores of Madeira, offering free workspace for those staying a month or more. Olivia Palamountain reports

The digital nomadic village of Madeira is a utopia for remote workers, welcoming up to 100 people anytime at its base in Ponta do Sol, a short drive from the capital, Funchal.

Created in partnership with the Government of Madeira, StartUp Madeira and acclaimed digital nomad Gonçalo Hall, the decision to create a refuge for remote workers follows a sharp increase in demand accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Digital Nomad Village has been hailed as “Portugal’s most impressive offering for the remote working community” to date, dedicated to welcoming a growing community of workers who appreciate the flexibility and freedom of the digital nomadic lifestyle. .The pilot program, which runs until June 30, offers travelers free common workspace, wifi and exclusive events from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at the John dos Passos Cultural Center.

Members also have access to a Slack community and a village reception team that is on site to promote exchanges between nomads and residents. (Remote work can be lonely, so the social aspect will be compelling.) The catch? Residents must commit to staying for at least one month.

According to Planet alone, “Gonçalo and his partners hope to implement a second project in Madeira and similar initiatives in several rural areas of Portugal”.

Crowned “Europe’s top island destination 2020 | at the World Travel Awards for the seventh time, Madeira has had a successful year despite the pandemic, with travelers drawn to its year-round heat, striking scenery and easy access from the rest of Europe.Ponta do Sol, MadeiraThe recent boom in boutique hotels, independent boutiques and craft businesses is attracting younger audiences to the shores of the archipelago, inspiring the nickname “The Style Isle” as coined by Time in December.

Thanks to the investment in art and culture, Ponta do Sol is known as a kind of cultural center, providing the community with a vibrant lifestyle alongside beautiful beaches, excellent local restaurants and bars, and walking trails. scenic hikes.The rise of digital nomadism is spawning a new wave of offers and incentives from brands, resorts and destinations around the world. Before the pandemic, this industry was booming – today it is booming, fueled by a tribe of newly laid-off and tired entrepreneurs and workers in search of a more fulfilling lifestyle.

In October, the Selina hotel group acquired Remote Year, a company specializing in organizing “work from anywhere” programs abroad, in order to combine its global portfolio of coworking hotels with a network of thousands of digital nomads.

The partnership offers new avenues for digital nomads and those working remotely during the pandemic to explore new cultures and destinations, while staying connected at work.

Mauritius has created a Renewable Premium Visa for Visitors, which means remote workers can stay on the island for up to a year, the Anantara Veli Maldives is tempting remote workers with an “unlimited stay” package for $ 30,000 US, and Finland are tempting tech workers with a free 90-day relocation package to the capital Helsinki.

Ocean Builders – even converts a cruise ship into floating offices, providing entrepreneurs with a one-stop business and pleasure hub docked off the coast of Panama.

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