Enjoy perks like views of the Ria Formosa Natural Park and home-cooked meals while staying at one of these excellent hostels in Faro, Portugal.
Faro, the regional capital of the Algarve, is a great starting point for a holiday in Portugal’s sunny south. If you’re looking for accommodation, these hostels will help you see and experience more of the city. Located in and around the centre, they are perfectly situated near the main sights and easily reachable via different forms of public transport. If you’re looking to visit Faro on a budget, check out our pick of the area’s best hostels.
This pirate-themed hostel was created for travellers by travellers, so it’s chock-full of cozy features designed to help guests relax. Slightly on the smaller side with three dorms, it fits up to 14 people and offers a personal and homey setting. There is a hammock for napping and a rooftop terrace that’s perfect for mingling. The hostel is a short walk from the train station and down the road from a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and cafés.
Steps from the marina in Faro’s historic heart, Well’Come! To Algarve Hostel is perfectly situated for visitors who are interested in taking a boat ride through the Ria Formosa and learning about the area’s history. Built inside a centennial house in downtown Faro, the hostel boasts private and shared rooms as well as dormitories and two terraces. It’s across the street from the bus station, surrounded by restaurants and bars, and down the road from some of the local museums and attractions.
Sunlight House is actually a bed and breakfast – instead of finding large dormitories, guests can enjoy more private lodgings comprising private, double, and triple bedrooms. Inside a traditional building, the accommodation is beautifully decorated in bright colours and offers modern amenities including a lovely terrace where guests can gaze across the sea while eating breakfast. Close to Faro’s medieval walls and surrounded by centuries-old churches and the city museums, it’s perfectly situated for exploring Faro.
Enjoy cooking from the hostel’s shared kitchen and then share a drink with other guests on the rooftop terrace that looks over Faro’s marina. Designed to look more like a Mediterranean home than a hostel, it’s a cozy and relaxing spot near the centre of the city. Ask the staff about the bike rentals and maps that are available to help you scout the area.
If you want accommodation that’s near public transport, Hostel 33’s train station-adjacent location is ideal. Designed by a Portuguese team, the hostel showcases traditional decorative touches like azulejo walls and locally inspired murals. Socialise with other guests and staff in the common areas, or lose yourself in a book from the hostel’s library. Among the highlights is the daily breakfast.
As the name suggests, this hostel was built in 1878 and originally used as an institution for girls. If you like vintage decor, this is the hostel to look into, and although the building has been completely renovated, it still benefits from old-world touches like hints of the original stonework and iron railings. Continental breakfast is included with each booking, and guests can use the piano and guitar, enjoy the terrace, and socialise in the two living room areas. Solo travellers may also like the social events that are scheduled by the 1878 Hostel staff.
Casa d’Alagoa, Faro | Courtesy of Casa d’Alagoa / Hostelworld
Not only is Casa d’Alagoa considered one of the top hostels in Faro, but it has been considered among the best in all of Portugal. Once a traditional villa, the lovely building facade is typical among the homes in the Algarve. Inside, the hostel has been designed with a mix of comfort and colourful in mind. Spend evenings chatting with other guests while attending the sangria and barbecue events or the weekly dinners.