“I’m a young entrepreneur running a successful food business, with employees based in the UK and the US. I’m looking to set up the best base from which to work. It needs to have good travel connections (as well as internet connectivity), a great lifestyle, excellent weather and a strong food scene. Where would you suggest?”
JOANA VILA NOVA, SENIOR CONSULTANT, SAVILLS PORTUGAL
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“Lisbon offers a wonderful quality of life. We have 270 days of sunshine a year, brilliant beaches just 20 minutes away in Cascais and in Caparica, and a busy, buzzy social life. The food scene is burgeoning – we’re home to some of the best restaurants in Europe – and there is a well-connected international airport. In fact, Lisbon ranks No 1 in the Savills list of locations for an executive nomad to live.”
Lisbon is growing in popularity as a business hub. Co-working space is plentiful, wifi is widespread in cafes and restaurants, and mobile 5G coverage is strong. Real-estate costs are low, too. Digital executives typically rent apartments in historic city-centre areas such as Baixa, Chiado, Santos and Príncipe Real, which have been restored over the past 10 years. English is widely spoken here, and air, rail and road connectivity is excellent, with direct links to the rest of Europe and America. The Portuguese food scene is lively, with a well-developed street-food culture, the more traditional petiscos and inventive high-end options. And great wine is plentiful, particularly from the Douro and Alentejo regions. Lisbon is a gastronome’s paradise.
For Joana Vila Nova’s insider tips, read Call My Agent: Lisbon
Pictures from top: sunrise in Barbados (Alamy); a stunning new development in central Lisbon; one of Lisbon’s famous trams (Getty)