It was formed by local couple Manuela Defrancesco and
Alex Freire, who were inspired by the soaring number of digital nomads choosing
to settle in Portugal to develop an online platform that unites the local and
remote-worker communities in Portimão, while also fostering regional commerce,
especially during slower times of the year.
They joined forces with three of the group’s earliest
members, communications manager Jenifer Messina, tech entrepreneur Eduardo
Pinillos and community growth officer Kat Logan, who contributed their
expertise to shape the online group into the recognisable brand it is today.
Lively meet-ups take place every two weeks and
frequent events including seminars, workshops, and volunteer opportunities are
planned. Additionally, partnerships have been formed with other Portimão
businesses to benefit members and stimulate regional trade.
Group founder, Manuela, explains that the goal is to
help make nomads feel at home and assist them to assimilate into the
“We also boost year-round economies by bringing activity to nearby companies during the slow season. We foster networking opportunities for locals as well, and we give back by sponsoring activities like beach clean-ups, animal shelter volunteering, and financial education”.
The group's efforts are paying off and have placed
Portimão on the map, quite literally.
At the beginning of 2021, the website NomadList.com ranked
Portimão as the 105th best city in the world for digital nomads. Since then, it
has climbed to 10th position and has been mentioned in news stories
across the globe.
Notably, Portimão Digital Nomads will open its first
co-working facility in the town of Alvor in early 2023, with the support of the
Alvor Municipal Parish, which will have space for up to 20 workers.
Umberto and Tatiana, remote digital designers who
relocated from Italy to Portugal a year ago, had originally intended to live in
Albufeira but changed their minds after attending a Portimão Digital Nomad
meet-up and decided on Portimão instead.
“It was clear in our minds that we wanted to live in
the Algarve but knew nothing about it”, they explain, adding: “We attended a
meeting and fell in love with the spirit shared. After many years of travelling
and living in different countries we have found the community we were looking
Fellow group members Johanna, from Finland, and Gina
from Hungary, both content writers, and translators, said: “We chose the Algarve
for the climate, kind people, and relatively low cost of living. We chose
Portimão as it’s an ideal-sized town with all the necessary services and good
possibilities for outdoorsy hobbies. Through the group, we have been able to
meet and connect with a lot of people whom we otherwise might not have met”.
Future-wise, Portimão Digital Nomads is seeking more
opportunities to integrate with the local community and promote Portimão as a
unique and desirable place to live, work and have fun all year round. It hopes
to draw support from local government, entities and businesses to create
large-scale events and attract even more visitors.
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