Lagos in Portugal has everything from spectacular Atlantic Ocean-side beaches to a buzzing nightlife circuit. Spend days on powdery sands, or kayak through blue waters by picturesque cliffs at Ponta de Piedade, and dance in clubs and bars until the early hours. Historic Lagos sits within ancient Moorish walls, so you’ll also find impressive churches and a 17th-century fort. Check into one of these hostels – bookable with Culture Trip – for a budget-friendly trip to remember.
Prepare for nightly free pub crawls and legendary booze cruises at this party-centric backpackers’ destination, which endeavours to give you “the best time of your life that you will never remember”. There are drinking games in the common room before you hit the town for an evening of challenges – involving shots. If that’s not enough alcohol for you, booze cruises come with unlimited beer and sangria, and party games like beer pong. Chef Mama is on hand to ease hangovers with unlimited breakfast crepes and lemon tea.
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Expect to make friends for life at this central hostel. Meet fellow travellers at organised meal nights, themed parties and limbo dancing nights in the garden bar. Talk about the night before by the rooftop pool with views of the ocean and, if you’re up long enough, sunrise. There’s also a trendy sofa-strewn common room, large shared kitchen and terrace for al fresco dining. Book a dormitory bed with locker storage or, if you want a little privacy, a private room or suite with coastal-themed wallscapes and a sea-view balcony.
Take it easy at Hutch Hostel: the chilled-out team will organise your daily activities from yoga and surfing classes to dolphin-watching and late-night beach bonfires. Fancy exploring the wider area? The hostel has its own tour van to take guests to Benagil or Alvor for days or nights out. Expect colourful dorm rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a common room with a Nintendo Wii and a big TV that’s perfect for movie nights. You’re also next door to all the bars and only 10 minutes from the beach.
Simply decorated but with everything you could need, these suites promise a comfortable and private stay. There are only three rooms: all large with TVs, private bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens. Choose the balcony room, and you can enjoy a home-cooked breakfast al fresco with lovely views over Lagos Old Town. The three-star guest house is near bars, restaurants and sites, with Meia Beach no more than 10 minutes away.
Book into this centrally located four-star destination for a room with stylish accessories, a private bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette. Some rooms even have balconies, plus there’s a rooftop terrace for all. Downstairs, kick back in the large chill-out spot, complete with sofas, hanging chairs and good wifi, and reserve a table at the onsite Italian restaurant. Heading out to the beach? This pet-friendly hostel rents out surfboards, and you can borrow a bicycle free of charge.
Gather friends old and new to hit this B&B’s rooftop, where you can chill in a hot tub, lounge on a canopy-topped sofa and fire up a barbecue grill. Cosy, balcony-clad rooms have homely touches like TVs, kitchenettes in the studios (there’s also a big communal kitchen), plus private bathrooms featuring tubs and toiletries. Make the most of the buffet breakfast here before heading out to nearby Ana Beach or the town, five minutes by car.
When you’re not luxuriating by the pool and sipping sangria at this adults-only guest house, take refuge from the sun in the games room with a pool table and library. Your mornings should begin with continental breakfast – but leave enough space to graze on treats like pastel de natas (Portuguese pastry), offered day-long at the hostel. Individually decorated dorms or private rooms (some with ensuites) come with free toiletries and handy in-room wifi. The town is a half-hour walk away, while Porto de Mós Beach is reachable within just 15 minutes; to speed things up, rent a hotel bike. If you’re travelling by car, there’s also free off-site parking.
Meia Beach is only a five-minute walk from Cloud 9 Hostel. After a day by the ocean, head to the common room, grab a beanbag, and take a break from the sun in front of the TV. Expect colourful wall art throughout the place, which is as bright as the atmosphere. As the evening draws in, enjoy sangria nights on the rooftop terrace with city and sea views before heading out on a bar crawl through the main strip in Lagos, right on your doorstep.