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500+ Hosts in Portugal were rated at least 4.9/5!
Lorenzo and I stayed at Quinta two weeks last August and we enjoyed a lot the experience: Charlie and Lucy were really lovely with us and we surely re...
by Matteo & Lorenzo , 1 Mar 2024
We spent a few wonderful weeks at the Quinta of Anita and Pieter and of course not to forget Domino, Ed and Gina. (the dogs)
A beautiful Quinta with s...
by Adriana M P R & Willem , 1 Mar 2024
My 3 weeks at the shelter were absolutely fantastic! Even though everything has already been said, a big thank you to all the staff members for their ...
by Carole , 1 Mar 2024
super nice, I had a great time and I met a lot of interesting kind people around this place. its felt like a small familiar community in Ferrel. the m...
by Jonas , 1 Mar 2024
We had the most wonderful time with Sabine and Dries in Cercal. It was a great experience to live and work in their great little paradise for 2 weeks!...
by Sandra & Jef , 1 Mar 2024
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From surfing to the cities, Portugal offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation that appeals to all kinds of travellers. Whether you’re on a sabbatical or gap year, backpacker or retiree, there truly is something for everyone. This includes a variety of meaningful projects and volunteer opportunities dotted all over this incredible country. Whether you prefer the vibrant cities of Lisbon and Porto or the charming villages of the Algarve, there are countless highlights and hidden gems waiting for you.
Fun Fact: Portugal is actually one of the oldest countries in Europe and has a fascinating history dating back over 800 years! This means there are plenty of historical landmarks and cultural attractions to explore, many of which are free to visit. Some of the most famous landmarks include Belém Tower, Pena National Palace, Carmo Convent and Jerónimos Monastery.
With over 900km of coastline, it’s no wonder Portugal is also famous for its stunning beaches and surfing. While most visitors flock to touristy spots such as Lisbon and The Algarve to enjoy the sights and sea, there are actually many more budget-friendly – and less crowded – destinations for those keen to head off the beaten track. This includes Alcobaça, Castelo Branco, Santarém, and Viseu.
Travelling on a budget? You’ll be relieved to hear Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in Europe, especially if you avoid the touristy route and live like a local with Workaway. Vanlife is also growing in popularity here thanks to the mild climate and low cost of living. It is one of the most affordable and exciting ways to experience this epic country.
Alternatively, for those who like a little luxury, the stunning Azores Islands are considered the Hawaii of Europe and are a destination not to be missed. Located around 850 miles west of Portugal, they are a group of nine volcanic islands that offer world-class whale watching, unbeatable views, and incredible food.
Best of all, you can make a positive impact while experiencing all that this wonderful country has to offer. Why have yet another beach holiday when you can learn new skills, make friends for life, and truly immerse yourself in a new culture? Find your perfect Portuguese host using Workaway!
If you are hoping to explore Portugal on four wheels, you’re in luck. Vanlife is becoming increasingly popular due to the country’s mild climate, strong camping culture and diverse destinations.
Many people choose vanlife to save on traditional accommodation so why not find a travel buddy to split fuel costs and driving time? Or better yet, did you know many of our hosts accept volunteers with campervans? If you fancy mixing volunteering with vanlife tick the “accepts campervans” box on the accommodation filter!
Highlights for van lifers in Portugal include:
While vanlife and volunteering can help you save money while travelling, being a digital nomad means you can MAKE money while travelling. Digital nomads, or those who can travel and work from anywhere in the world, are increasingly choosing to reside in Portugal. Here’s why…
Sounds good, huh? Check out our beginners guide to becoming a digital nomad if the remote working way of life sounds like your dream career. We also have a tonne of digital nomad tips and hacks for those who hope to make this travel trend their full-time gig.
To help you plan your visit to Portugal, there are seven main regions. Use these regions to find the perfect base for your trip, and then browse over 1300 Workaway hosts all over the country.
If you’re a history buff or wine lover, this is the region for you. Sprawling vineyards are dotted with Celtic settlements, mediaeval castles and imposing monuments. Not forgetting the city of Porto, with its historic centre, lively atmosphere and world-renowned food and wine, it is a definite highlight of the region.
Highlights of Northern Portugal
Central Portugal has it all. From Portugal’s highest mountain peak to coastal seaside towns, the glacier valleys and pine forests in between. It’s also home to one the oldest university cities in Europe, fabulous wine-tasting routes and the birthplace of Portugal’s legendary queijo da serra cheese.
As the country’s capital city, the colourful cobbled streets of Libson are a major cultural and economic centre. Beyond the city, the region is home to a range of natural attractions including the charming coastal town of Cascais, the rugged cliffs of Cabo da Roca and the stunning Sintra Mountains which are dotted with historic palaces and castles. You can’t leave the region without trying the traditional dishes like bacalhau (a seafood dish) and pastel de nata.
Highlights of The Lisbon Region
Now it’s time to escape the city for Portugal’s rural heartland. The Alentejo region is ideal for those who seek peace and tranquillity. Here you will find rolling sunflower fields dotted with the famous cork trees and olive groves. Thanks to picturesque mediaeval towns, fishing villages and unspoiled beaches you can expect a much slower pace of life here.
Highlights of The Alentejo Region
With its sunny climate, wide choice of beaches and striking natural beauty it’s no wonder the Algarve region is Portugal’s most popular destination. Although tourists flock here for the beaches, the region is also famous for its impressive rock formations, including the Bengali Cave. Golf fans should also take note, as the region boasts over 30 courses all with beautiful coastal views. Finally, the Algarve is a foodie’s paradise with a range of specialty seafood as well as sweet desserts including the renowned almond-based marzipan.
Highlights of The Algarve
With its rugged landscape, lush forests and inviting waters it’s easy to see why the island of Madeira is a popular tourist destination. However, the island doesn’t just attract hikers, mountain bikers, bird watchers and water sports enthusiasts, it is also a popular hub for digital nomads. It is a paradise for those who love to work as well as play. The warm locals, delicious food and world famous wine will make you want to return again and again.
Highlights of Madeira
On the topic of natural beauty, you cannot visit Portugal without a worthwhile detour to the Azores Islands. With volcanic craters, hot springs and diverse marine life the Azores offer visitors an unrivalled opportunity to explore the region’s untouched landscape.
Highlights of The Azores
Now you’re clued up on the different regions in Portugal, it’s time to get planning your trip of a lifetime. Why have yet another beach holiday when you can be part of an unforgettable cultural exchange? Learn about the unique Portuguese culture, stay with friendly locals and enjoy an authentic experience – all for less than the price of a night in a hotel room!
As the world’s leading community for volunteering and cultural exchange, Workaway is the perfect platform to connect with locals in Portugal. Whether you are a solo backpacker trying to find a travel buddy, recently retired or setting off on a grown up gap year – we can help you find your perfect host. Best of all, you can join as a solo traveller, as a couple, or even as a family!
In exchange for a few hours of work each day, your host will usually provide free accommodation and meals. Whether you want to make your digital nomad dream a reality, improve your surf skills, or master how to bake those irresistible Pasteis de nata custard tarts, with Workaway you can enjoy it all at the click of a button by signing up today!
Thanks to the gigantic waves of the Atlantic ocean, Portugal is a Mecca for surfers. This means it is a dream destination for those who want to volunteer with surf camps, schools or retreats. Simply enter keywords such as “surfing, surf school or water sports” into the host search box.
For those who prefer dry land, you can give off grid living a chance with eco-farms, permaculture projects and sustainable construction. There are also many Hosts in Portugal that are passionate about animal welfare, with volunteer opportunities in dog sanctuaries, farms and pet sitting.
There are also opportunities to make a difference behind the scenes, with many hosts requiring help with marketing, social media and web design – particularly within the tourism industry. While we pride ourselves on being a cultural exchange, Workaway is also a great way to boost your CV, learn a new language and make friends all over the world. With over a thousand hosts in Portugal alone, there are so many ways you can share your time and make a difference while enjoying this epic destination.
As well as using the regions above as a guide, you can use your skills and interests as keywords in the search box to find your perfect host in Portugal. Whether you’re enticed by the cobbled streets of Porto, the vanlife culture or have digital nomad dreams for Madeira – your perfect host is literally a few clicks away.
Best of all, when you join Workaway you are not limited to one project or region. For a small membership fee you have access to over 50,000 volunteer opportunities across 170 countries. After Portugal, why not hop over the border to Spain? Another sunny destination popular with eco warriors, animal lovers and surf enthusiasts ready to make a difference.
With its breathtaking landscapes, rich history and vibrant culture, Portugal offers endless opportunities to make memories as well as give back to the community. Whether you want to support local NGOs, surf all day and party all night or simply eat Pasteis de nata for breakfast lunch and dinner, with Workaway you can do it all.