During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, a flurry of globally mobile remote workers (known as ‘digital nomads’) from all over Europe arrived in Madeira to wait out the lockdowns. Many were so captivated by the island that they decided to stay for the long term, some even buying properties. Unlike most of Europe, life in Madeira has carried on much as normal throughout the pandemic. This has largely been due to the island’s proactive virus management measures.
In Funchal, bars, cafes and restaurants, such as the Ritz Cafe, have stayed open, while in Porto Santo, visitors can still enjoy the long golden beach and surrounding hikes. For those wanting something more unusual, Praia Formosa, with its mix of black volcanic sand and pebbles, is just a short drive away from central Funchal. You can view Praia Formosa on the Sunset Bar Centromar live webcam.
For specialty coffee lovers, the island’s only roaster, Greenhouse Coffee, is tucked away up on the mountainside, next to the Monte Cable Car.
For digital nomads and remote workers who rely on good WiFi, Madeira’s speedy internet is a particularly appealing feature of the island.
To find out more about why Madeira is such a great destination for digital nomads, you can read the full article on Digital Émigré.