If you’re planning on exploring Portugal on a budget and want to meet interesting people along the way, book a few nights in some of the best hostels in the country. Sure, the majority are located in Lisbon and Porto, but these two cities are perfectly situated to act as base points for visiting many beautiful and historical towns. To help get your planning in motion, here are a few great hostels in Portugal.
Pilot Design Hostel & Bar
Pilot Design Hostel & Bar organises tours during the day and pub crawls at night | Courtesy of Pilot Design Hostel & Bar / Hostelworld
Pilot Design Hostel & Bar was rated as the number 1 hostel in Porto in 2017 by HostelWorld, making it a no-brainer when visiting Portugal’s “capital in the north”. Customer reviews boast everything from the organized pub crawls to the “at home” ambiance and many mention wanting to return. It is also ideally located, a few blocks from the Aliados metro stop (ideal if visiting for New Year’s Eve) and a short walk from many historical landmarks.
Who wouldn’t love a hostel themed around Porto’s famous sweet wine? | Courtesy of Porto Wine Hostel / Hostelworld
A hostel inspired by Porto’s famous Port wine? Yes, please! Not only are rooms in the Porto Wine Hostel inspired by the favourite local vino, but the rates are attractive too, beginning as low as €18 per night. While there, be sure to visit Piolho Café, just a few minutes walk away and one of the most popular and historical cafés in the city.
Discover the birthplace of the country while staying at an adventure hostel that enjoys both garden and city views. In addition to various room categories, from studio to dormitory and family style, GuimarãesLiving offers cozy living spaces and bike rentals. Guimarães is a great city to learn about Portugal’s history and explore the wild outdoors, and the hostel is near a few hiking paths.
One of central Portugal’s most popular large beaches and beautiful fishing villages is also home to another great hostel called The Paintshop. The spot is ideal for backpackers wanting to explore central Portugal but return oceanside. Plus, the extra amenities include (but are not limited to) internet café, bike rentals, billiards pool table, surfboard rentals, and a book exchange.
Lisbon has developed a reputation as one of the best cities in the world for staying at a hostel and Goodmorning Hostel is a top choice that stands out among the many options. Since it is located conveniently close to the Rossio train station and metro stop, it’s easy to reach many other parts of the city, as well as the outskirts.
Would you feel at home inside a 200-year-old building? Stay at Home Lisbon Hostel and find out. Bookings begin around €20 per nigh and increase depending on the room chosen and the season you visit, but with home-cooked meals by the owner’s mother and the extra perks (like designated co-working spaces), the hostel can be a fantastic deal.
Despite the beautiful countryside, stunning beaches, vineyards, and fantastic cuisine, the Alentejo region continues to be one of Portugal’s hidden gems. Located in the northern point of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa, the Alentejo Surf Camp & Vila is surrounded by rugged wildlife. It’s also close to the coast since surfing is the hostel’s main theme and accommodations include surf packages with lessons.
Discover what life in the Algarve is all about by booking a week or two (or more) at the Bura Surfhouse located in Lagos, one of the region’s most beautiful coastal towns. The hostel organizes surf and yoga groups, so it’s possible to meet like-minded travelers and have fun in the process. Situated in a villa, the accommodations are set up to provide a family-style feeling, but the hostel is within a half hour walk from the local beaches, including the stunning cliff-fringed Praia do Camilo.