COWORKING & COLIVING PORTUGAL

The COWORKING VILLA

The spacious coworking & coliving villa is located in a lovely, laid back location just two kilometers from the ocean.
It has a super relaxed, welcoming vibe.
Surrounded by the Costa Vicentina Natural Park it is embedded in a beautiful coastal landscape.
Your dip in the pool is just an arm’s length from your coworking space!

COWORKING SPACE

  • Say goodbye to the daily commute
  • Bright, spacious, naturally lit coworking office
  • Comfy ergonomic office chairs
  • Sunny terrace and outdoor space

Also included:

  • Use of fixed and mobile internet
  • Free tea, coffee and water

SURF’S UP

  • One of the most consistent surfregions in the whole of Europe
  • South- and Westcoast of Portugal within easy reach – offering super wide swell window
  • Optional Surf lessons offered by cooperating quality surf-schools in our neighborhood
  • Optional surfboard and wetsuit rental
  • Pleasant air and water temperatures year round
  • Two high class surf-spots just a 5 min drive away
  • 20 surf spots accessible within a 40 minute drive
  • Tips on where and when to surf

COLIVING SPACE

  • Modern premium coliving villa with pool and panoramic view into the countryside
  • Super laid back location right at nature’s doorstep
  • Free of noise and road traffic
  • Private rooms and shared rooms: comfy beds w/ new mattresses and office desks.
  • Fully equipped kitchen / opportunity for communal cooking
  • Plenty of top-notch amenities:  60’’ TV screen w/ Dolby Surround, Netflix, cable TV, fans, massive BBQ, etc.
  • Supermarket, restaurants and bars at walking distance
SERENDIPITY HAPPENS HERE, NOT IN A RECLUSIVE HOTEL ROOM

SERENDIPITY HAPPENS HERE, NOT IN A RECLUSIVE HOTEL ROOM

STOKEWORKS LOCATION

COLIVING & COWORKING PORTUGAL

Leave the grey concrete jungle behind

Your home away from home – a haven of greenery

Stokeworks Coworking Portugal is located in the midst of the Costa Vicentina National Park, which is undeniably the most beautiful part of the Algarve – far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Algarve’s built up tourist areas, giving little opportunity for distraction, noise, sensual overload and the stifling proximity of the city. The property is situated in a lovely, laid-back location. It offers a relaxed, welcoming environment and is situated in a beautiful unspoiled coastal landscape.

The coworking & coliving accommodation is bright and flooded with natural light. It has the relaxing ambiance of a subtropical, countryside oasis which helps you to gain a fresh perspective, realign your focus, allowing you to recharge and to rest your mind. Get off of your office chair and jump straight into the refreshing pool.


Proximity to urban amenities

There is absolutely no road traffic here. However the quaint town of Aljezur, the west coast beaches as well as Lagos – the tourist hub in the region – are all within easy driving distance.

Arrifana with its world famous surf beach is only a 4 mins drive away and offers a number of excellent bars, cafés, and eateries.
Different wind patterns? Changing swell conditions? No problem! Monte Clérigo, another picturesque beach, is also just a short drive away. A small supermarket, a few restaurants, and bars are easily accessible by foot.

Perfect starting point for surfsessions, trips and exploration

The south-western Algarve is a mecca for people who like to be physically active and share a passion for the great outdoors. With it’s unique geography, the two coasts, it’s wide swell window and the, all-year-round, mild climate it is literally designed for surfing. With one coast facing predominantly west and the other south, if there is any swell around, there’s usually good waves somewhere – the surf here is very consistent.
Our accommodation offers the ability to travel between both of Portugal’s south and a west- facing coastlines, in a relatively short time – a major benefit from having both south and a west- facing coastlines is the likelihood of finding the right swell size in combination with offshore wind conditions.
Within a 5 – 40 min drive, from Stokeworks, you can choose from over 20 beaches! With so much choice available you could even score multiple sessions in one day.

Even if you haven’t caught the ‘Surf bug’ yet, don’t worry, there is always something to do here. With the Costa Vicentina National Park on your doorstep, there is so much to discover. Go hiking or rent a bike and explore the surroundings. Horse riding is also quite popular here. On flat days stand up paddling tours and kayaking are great fun.
If you are into golf this area is heaven for you. There are three exclusive golf courses within a 40mins drive. Dolphin & whale watching tours are also a big attraction, just to mention a few. Or check one of the many flea-markets in the region, explore Lagos, visit the Monchique mountain range, etc…

More info see FAQ

Rooms

You can choose from four different type of rooms – either as single or shared accommodation
starting from 206€ week/pax.
Book a cosy twin-room at a particularly low price or a spacious en-suite bedroom
with an extra office desk + direct access to the terrace and pool.
Depending on your desired length of stay, we can offer you nightly, weekly and monthly rates.
We also offer discounts on long term stays.

Set yourself up for a productive day

Set yourself up for a productive day

Summer is here! - Where are you?

Stokeworks Coworking Portugal has moved to the west-coast! We’re super psyched to present you our new awesome coliving villa.
Get on board, digital nomads!
Turn your back on the grey city and take an inspiring workation @Stokeworks coworking & coliving in Portugal / Algarve.

TEAM RETREAT

Treat your team to some sun and surf.
Come and enjoy some of the best weather and waves in Europe whilst supercharging your team-work and productivity.

The brave, ThE Bold AND tHE bRAINy

MEET OUR COWORKING GUESTS & MEMBERS

Amber van Mieghem
Graphic Designer
http://www.amberlink.be

I had a really good time at Stokeworks. It’s the perfect place to get your work done and enjoy the beauty of the Algarve.
The workspace is big, light and comfortable to work. I also met some great people during my stay. At Stokeworks they are always in for a good laugh. Thanks for showing me beautiful and (also) hidden places around Burgau!
If I get the chance, I’ll come back for sure!

Amy Gottenbos
B
randing specialist, marketer
https://www.amygottenbos.com/

Living and working at Stokeworks means: new friends, awesome meals, great office facilities, and last but not least a lot of sun, sand and waves. I absolutely enjoyed this beautiful and peaceful destination in the countryside of Portugal. Work hard, travel harder! The magical beaches and the stunning surroundings that the Algarve has to offer inspired me a lot. A must for next year.

Michael Stachurski
Frontend-Developer, Entrepreneur
https://wanderdiary.exposure.co/

Stokeworks meant to me working in a little paradise with perfect weather and beautiful surroundings. What made my experience even better was our host Marius. He is a very capable and a helpful person who tries everything to make his guests feel happy and satisfied.

Luis Fuentes
Data Analyst & Digital Marketer
https://luisfuentes.me

I needed a change of scenery from the cold Scandinavian climate and Stokeworks in the southwest of Portugal offered me everything I was looking for.  I really enjoyed the beaches and the beautiful countryside surrounding the estate. Working at Stokeworks was absolutely fantastic. The coworking space is very comfortable and the laid back atmosphere helps a lot to focus on things. Finishing the day with a nice dip in the sea is something that I will definitely miss.

Angela Sabio
Art Director / Creative
www.angelasabio.com

Spending 1 month at Stokeworks was really a great experience. I found an interesting community of coworkers, made some new friends, and exploring the stunning natural surroundings was awesome too. Marius is a really fun guy, I was made to feel very welcome. Very recommendable if you are looking for a comfortable and quiet base camp from which to explore the area and work in a good atmosphere.

Wouter Van de Wille
WordPress Developer
http://wouterwideweb.be

Really lovely place to get stuff done while still being able to enjoy the beauty of the Algarve.
I highly recommend staying here!

Stokeworks offers the perfect antidote to a mundane urban worklife

Stokeworks - Vale da Telha

Urbanização Vale da Telha 11
8670-156 Aljezur
Portugal

Tel. (+ whatsapp): +49 178 6040631

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Everything else you always wanted to know but didn't dare to ask - FAQs

What is the coworking environment like?
Participants work on their own tasks whilst sharing an open plan office. Mutual exchange and support takes place on a voluntary basis. Etiquette in our coworking space is no different to what’s expected in any office environment or collaborative hub.
Do I need to consider certain opening hours?

No, access to the coworking space is available at all times. However, we do have core-working-hours (9am – 6pm) inside the office where we ask you to be considerate of your coworkers needs.

Is Stokeworks a good place to socialize with your fellow coworkers?
Definitely, we encourage a communal spirit as this is basically the pivot-point of a coworking/coliving place, both work-wise and in your downtime. However there is no obligation to partake in common dinners, surf sessions, etc. You decide for yourself when and how long you want to work, etc. We have lots of local knowledge and activity partners to help you get the most out of your free time.
What’s included in the coworking & coliving package price?
Shared office space, accommodation, ergonomic office chairs, internet (fixed and mobile), printer, coffee/tea, and loads of Stoke!
Can I book your workspace without accommodation?
That is unfortunately not possible as we can only offer a “work and stay” package.
What is the minimum stay at Stokeworks?
There’s a minimum stay of five nights. Depending on your desired length of stay, we can offer you nightly, weekly and monthly rates
Who is the typical Stokeworks participant?

Basically everyone who has the chance to work remotely and is keen to be in an inspirational and collaborative environment. Regardless of whether you’re an: employee, contractor, graduate student working on your thesis, freelance worker or an entrepreneur – if you are looking for a change of scenery and are longing for the great outdoors, then we are the right place for you.

If you are a group/company/startup working on a specific project, we're also happy to offer you team retreats. The premises are available to be used exclusively by you.

Is there a schedule for the day or week @Stokeworks?
No, flexibility is the key. You alone are responsible for how you schedule your day. Work as long as you like, actively manage and plan your free time to your own needs and requirements.
Joint surf-sessions, workouts, local exploration, mastermind sessions, skillshares, group meals and socials are all actively encouraged but in no way obligatory.

 

 

 

What matters most is that you are truly keen to dedicatedly work on your projects and contribute to a motivational and productive atmosphere.

Where is Stokeworks coworking/coliving located?

Stokeworks is located in Vale da Telha, a valley in the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, about 15 minutes drive from the historic town of Aljezur and 10 minutes drive from the Atlantic Ocean. The closest beaches, Monte Clerigo, Arrifana and Amoreira, are popular for their good surfing conditions.
The natural park - one of the biggest in Portugal - can be accessed from our backyard! It offers numerous hiking trails as well as spectacular viewpoints from the cliffs along the coast. Due to environmental preservation efforts, construction is very restricted and the region remains rural - please note that there is no public transport in Vale da Telha, so a car is very useful for exploring the area!
Aljezur has the nearest bus stop for long-distance coaches heading south from Lisbon and busses coming from Lagos.
The closest airport is in Faro but you can also travel to Lisbon.
We will, of course, provide you with all kinds of info regarding transportation to Stokeworks. There is a number of options!

This is the location of the villa on Google Maps:
https://goo.gl/maps/q8NGjWWtkHq

If your car has GPS, use the following coordinates, as the official address is probably not listed:
Latitude:           37°18'30.5"N  (37.308459)
Longitude:          8°51'24.5"W (-8.856817)

 

How far is it to the nearest beach?
The renowned beaches of Arrifana and Monte Clerigo are only a 4min drive away (15min by bike)
What do I need to bring?

 

Most importantly, you should bring your laptop along with you unless you don’t need it for your work.
Throughout the year, the area is exposed to lots of sun, resulting in an overall dry climate. But, even in the middle of summer, winds coming from the Atlantic can result in cool evenings and nights. We, therefore, advise you to bring sunscreen and clothes for both hot and cool weather!
In the winter months (Nov-March) the weather becomes distinctly more variable. Bring a warm winter-jacket.
A beanie or something similar to protect your ears from strong winds will do no harm.
We provide all bedrooms with fresh linen including bedding and towels. Please bring your own beach towels.
If you like listening to music/podcasts whilst working then please bring your headphones

What will my coliving accommodation be like?
We have several bedrooms in the villa (pick a single, a double or a twin). You can choose from a whole range of accommodation starting from a twin-room at a particularly low price up to a spacious en-suite room with a double-bed and direct access to the terrace and pool.
All mattresses are new and super comfy. The rooms are cleaned on a weekly basis, linen and towels are changed at regular intervals.
Do I have to share a toilet/bathroom?
Depending on the price range of your room, you will share the bathrooms and toilets with your coworkers.
But don’t worry, common areas such as toilets are cleaned regulary.
When can I arrive/depart?
There is no prescribed time, unless all rooms are full.
How do I get to Stokeworks Coworking Portugal?

If you are a keen surfer and want to have access to all the surf spots the South-Western Algarve has to offer then having a set of wheels is definitely a good idea. Most of our guests rent a car. The ones who don't, try to carpool with the housemates who have rented a set of wheels - which usually works out well.

We recommend to pick up/return the car at the airport in Faro or Lisbon as this is the easiest and cheapest option. Outside the peak season they are dirt cheap and having a ride gives you much more opportunities and convenience.  You'll get a small car already for around 5€/day when you pick it up at the airport. For a whole month, you sometimes pay less than 125€.

It's best to book a car through a Rental Car Comparison website (take insurance from them and don't let yourself get talked into buying an additional insurance from the local car rental company at the airport!)
For cheapo deals check out Rental Car Compare Websites like:

https://www.autoeurope.com/
https://www.billiger-mietwagen.de/ (German language by default but can be switched to English)
https://www.skyscanner.net/carhire/
https://www.kayak.com/
https://www.cardelmar.com/de
https://www.autoescape.com

Not only we appeal to our guests to share costs for rental cars and petrol, if desired we also help you to connect with your fellow coworkers already before your arrival.
That way you can offer/ask for shared transport on arrival/departure or even sharing a rental car for your entire stay.
Make it as convenient as possible for yourself and cut down on costs by teaming up with your housemates!

Should you object to the idea of renting a car/sharing a rental with others then there is of course also public transport.
Aljezur - which is only 8km from Stokeworks - has the nearest bus stop for long-distance coaches heading south from Lisbon and busses coming from Lagos.
For schedules, prices and rates check out:
https://www.rede-expressos.pt/en/
http://eva-bus.com/index.php?lang=uk 

There is also a rail connection between Faro and Lagos.
https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/train-times
In Lagos, you will have to transfer to the bus going to Aljezur.

For the last bit from Aljezur to Stokeworks, you can take a taxi.
Call +351 91 75 74 630 for our local Taxi driver Luis.

Our address is:
Urbanização Vale da Telha 11
8670-156 Aljezur
Portugal

This is the location of the villa on Google Maps:
https://goo.gl/maps/q8NGjWWtkHq

Tel. (+ WhatsApp): +49 178 6040631

As an alternative to public transportation, you can pre-book an airport-shuttle from and to the main bus station in Lagos. That is a fairly inexpensive option (15-20€ per person) to get from Lagos to Faro-Airport and vice versa.
Bookings need to be made at least 24 hours in advance.
We recommend these two bus-operators:
https://www.faroshuttlebus.com/
https://www.greenbus.pt

 

Another way to travel comfortably and cheap is by using BlaBlaCar.
https://www.blablacar.pt/

BlaBlaCar is an online marketplace for carpooling. Its website and mobile app connect drivers and passengers willing to travel together and share the cost of the journey.

We know of at least two Facebook groups where people share lifts in the Algarve (also to and from the airport in Faro!)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/136311339726341/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/sharemyride/

By the way: also hitchhiking works very well in this area!

Do you offer car parking?
We’ve got plenty of room to park your car right in front of the villa.
What is the food situation like?

A small supermarket, a few restaurants, and bars are easily accessible by foot. Vale da Telha offers a number of eateries ranging from take-aways to exclusive cuisine.
Our neighbouring seaside localities Arrifana and Monte Clérigo round out the culinary range.
In Aljezur, which is only a 15min drive from us, you'll also find plenty of nice restaurants/cafes and a well-assorted Intermarche Supermarket. A big plus is the local markets where one can get fresh fish, seafood, and meat. Every Saturday there is a local farmers market in Aljezur. A large selection of delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables are offered there at a very cheap price.
Lagos, which is a 40min drive from us, offers a virtually inexhaustible choice of take-aways , pubs, restaurants, and cafes.
In Lagos, you also find all kinds of well-stocked supermarkets.

Food is not included in the Stokeworks package. You will be given allocated space in the fridge and cabinets to store your personal food items. We offer you a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your meals. Coffee and tea are free of charge for our guests. Given we are a community and wish to interact we encourage communal dinners/BBQs and try to host them at least once a week.

Do you offer surf classes?
Nope, but we are happy to recommend qualified surf-schools in our neighbourhood with whom we collaborate.
You can also rent surfboards, wetsuits and other surf-gear from trusted rentals nearby.
Do I have to surf to join the Stokeworks?
No. Even though we are avid surfers ourselves, surfers and non surfers are equally welcome.
What matters most is that you are keen to work on your project(s) and contribute to a good productive vibe.
What is the best time of the year to come to Stokeworks?

Basically, every time of the year is good for a stay at Stokeworks as every season here has its highlights.
The Algarve has a well-deserved reputation for being an all year round destination.

Surfwise:
The winter:
The winter is great for surfing as swell is guaranteed, and even though the west-coast often gets maxed out in winter a number of south coast gems come to life! Another benefit is that the waves are less crowded in winter.

Weatherwise:
Throughout the year, the area is exposed to lots of sun, resulting in an overall dry climate. But, even in the middle of summer, winds coming from the Atlantic can result in cool evenings and nights. We, therefore, advise you to bring sunscreen and clothes for both hot and cool weather!

In winter:
In the winter months (Nov-March) the weather becomes distinctly more variable. Bring a warm winter jacket.
A beanie or something similar to protect your ears from strong winds will do no harm.
Although the nights, mornings and evenings can get chilly, wearing short sleeves at midday, even in January, is not uncommon.
The coworking space/lounge has a very powerful wood burning stove, which provides a super comfortable indoor climate.
All bedrooms have modern and efficient convector heaters.

 

 

What is the surf like?

The Algarve coastline offers an endless range of surfing experiences to accommodate all levels of expertise.
Not only are we blessed with one of Europe’s mildest climates, the region also has one of the widest swell windows in the continent as it has two coasts. It is these two very different coasts that make for such a special surfing location. With one coast facing predominantly west and the other south if there is any swell around, there will always be waves somewhere, as the Atlantic ocean picks up swell from an array of angles, from different weather systems. The surf here is very consistent.

Our accommodation offers the ability to travel between both of Portugal’s south and a west- facing coastlines, in a relatively short time – a major benefit from having both south and a west- facing coastlines is the likelihood of finding the right swell size in combination with offshore wind conditions.
Within a 5 – 30 min drive, from Stokeworks, you can choose from over 20 beaches! With so much choice available you could even score multiple sessions in one day.

In order to save you from driving around for hours, wasting time and fuel we are of course happy to give you hints on where to go.

If you are not a surfer yet, but want to learn, then we are happy to recommend qualified surf schools nearby.

What is there to do besides surfing?
The south-western Algarve is a mecca for people who like to be physically active and share a passion for the great outdoors. With it’s unique geography, the two coasts, it’s wide swell window and the all-year-round, mild climate it is literally designed for surfing.
Even if you haven’t caught the ‘Surf bug’ yet, don’t worry, there is always something to do here. With the Costa Vicentina National Park on your doorstep there is so much to discover.

 

 

 

Go hiking or rent a bike and explore the surroundings.
Horse riding is also quite popular here. On flat days stand up paddling tours and kayaking are great fun.
If you are into golf this area is heaven for you. There are three exclusive golf courses within a 40mins drive.
Dolphin & whale watching tours are also a big attraction, just to mention a few.
Or check one of the many flea-markets in the region, explore Lagos, visit the Monchique mountain range, etc…

What better way to start your day than taking a cool dip in the surf?