Launched on February 1, 2021, Madeira Digital Nomads campaign is aimed to to attract digital nomads, remote workers who travel the world while they work, and bolster the local economy and keep businesses afloat by welcoming longer-term visitors.
Developed by the Regional Government of Madeira, in partnership with a local company called Startup Madeira, the village, Ponta do Sol, is situated on the south coast of the Madeira island, and has approximately 8200 inhabitants in its area of 43.3 sq km. The village can host 100 people at the same time, who must commit to staying for at least a month.
The village is a brainchild of Goncalo Hall, a digital nomad consultant, who proposed the village as a source of revenue while bringing together digital nomads. He first introduced the concept at a conference, which was also attended by the Portuguese economy minister.
The first phase of Digital Nomads Madeira is set to begin on February 1 in Ponta do Sol and will run until June 30, 2021. Professionals from around the globe can sign up to stay in this beautiful, sun-drenched destination for a period of one to six months and take advantage of the incredible location, landscape and culture – plus free co-working space, fast Wi-Fi connection, dedicated Slack channel, exclusive events an assigned local host who will help them get acclimated.
The Madeira islands itself were voted the World’s Leading Island Destination for the sixth consecutive year in the World Travel Awards 2020. Nicknamed Pearl of the Atlantic, the tiny volcanic island is geologically dramatic, filled with exotic color and warmed year-round by the Atlantic sun.