The Best Hostels to Book in Faro, Portugal
You'll find hostel rooms with views across Faro marina in the Algarve capital | © Life's Like That / Alamy Stock Photo
There’s not much better than relaxing on the beach with the sun on your skin. Do exactly that in Faro, Portugal, and enjoy your stay at one of these arty and welcoming hostels, bookable with Culture Trip.
Algarve’s capital Faro is at once historic and modern – bars and restaurants fill the plazas and harbour, while Ancient Moorish walls line the historic centre, Cidade Velha. Want to discover nature? Day-trip to Benagil Caves and Lagos’ picturesque cliffs, or take a boat to one of the island beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and Ria Formosa saltwater lagoons and mudflats with rare wildlife, including flamingos. Stay a while at these central Faro hostels, offering good vibes and home comforts.
Pirate Backpackers Faro
Backpackers Asylum rooftop | Courtesy of Pirate Backpackers Faro / Hostelworld.com
This centrally located hostel is the brainchild of a Portuguese seasoned traveller who knew exactly how to create the right vibe. Chill out in the bar and lounge or take your drink to the rooftop, strewn with crates and cushions, to chat with fellow travellers. The authentic family townhouse is small, friendly and fun, plus it boasts high speed wifi and a great location by the famous Carmo Church and Bone Chapel.
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This B&B is bright, like its name. Touches in art deco style sweep throughout the shared areas and rooms (some ensuite), which pop with pastel colours and funky fabrics. The B&B, run by two young locals, has a zero-waste policy and any food not consumed is donated to homeless people living in the area. There’s free parking at Sunlight, though the bus and train stations are minutes away. Don’t miss breakfast or relaxed evenings on the sea-view terrace.
Casa da Madalena Backpackers Hostel
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Two shared dorms with two common bathrooms make up this welcoming hostel, where the friendly owner will cook up a mountain of excellently reviewed banana pancakes for your complimentary breakfast. Come evening, rustle up your own grub in the brightly tiled, fully equipped kitchen, before kicking back at sunset in a rooftop hammock with new friends. Staff (travellers who speak four different languages) are on the front-desk round the clock, so you needn’t worry about anything.
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Staff in this traditional Portuguese town villa will make you feel at home and foster a lively atmosphere. The chef rustles up generously portioned and well-priced dinners in the open kitchen – you’re in for a treat if you’re there for sangria and barbecue night. Shared areas have well-stocked beer and wine fridges, a dart board, guitar, board games and books. Fancy exploring? Rent a hotel bike and follow routes and trails designed by staff.
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Hostellicious is right by Faro’s bars and restaurants but promises a quiet, relaxing stay. All beds come with personal storage space, plugs and fast, hotel-wide wifi. Private double rooms have colourful walls and brightly tiled bathrooms, while some twin rooms feature juliet balconies. There’s a communal kitchen and a spacious and trendy lounge area that’s great for chilling or working. You’ll appreciate the bicycle parking and hire, 24-hour reception and washing machine.
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You can’t miss Tilia – not least because the classic building is painted a beautiful bright yellow. Stylishness continues inside: ornate windows let light into dorm rooms; private rooms come with coloured statement walls. You’ll feel luxurious in the bathrooms, complete with shiny tiles, round countertop basins and trendy globe-shaped lamps. Travelling in a group? Book a family room where fluffy rugs and plush seating add colour and comfort. Elsewhere, don’t miss the evening entertainment, which includes movie nights.
This is a rewrite of an article originally by Nina Santos.
These recommendations were updated on September 15, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.