Hostels in PortugalHostels in Portugal

You are looking for hostels in Portugal? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Portugal hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Portugal.

All Cities in Portugal

We list every single hostel in Portugal and the world. In total, we have 214 cities in Portugal for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Portugal hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Portugal. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Portugal

Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. Once a renowned robust nation that commanded the merchant routes to the Orient, Portugal today is a friendly, subdued country with a laid-back hostel vibe. Known for its cobble-stoned streets, castles, vineyards, and primarily for its fantastic coastline, it is a country perfect for exploration.

Portugal's charms come from lackadaisical days spent on the beach, the savory seafood, fine wine, and beautiful sunset over the Atlantic. Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and one of its most historic cities. Situated atop the River Tagus, Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. Some of the best hostels in Portugal are located here and they are within easy access to some of the best spots this country has to be explored.

The ideal time to visit Portugal is in the spring, where one can have the opportunity to witness the hillsides covered by dazzling flowers and the countryside lit up by almond blossoms. Or early Autumn around October when the weather is pleasant and the summer crowd is sparse.

Accommodations in Portugal are pretty good value. Some hostels are a bit on the basic side, and others geared towards schools and groups, but nearly all are in convenient locations for sightseeing. Some of the newer hostels at in Lisbon, Lousã, and Guimarães are very well designed while many others have wi-fi, cafés, bars, and bike rental as standard. Hostel prices vary according to season, location, and facilities (high season is basically July, August, Easter, Christmas and other public holidays).

Lisbon is the largest city in Portugal and is known for its beguiling back streets, old world shops, Maneuline or Portuguese Gothic cathedrals, colorful neighborhood, echoing traditional fado music, and clubbing scene. The resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama at Jerónimos Monastery is a good starting place to commence your tour of this historic city. Other places to visit are the Moorish castle of São Jorge in the Alfama district, which offers the best views of the city; the Berardo Musuem, which houses the works of Rembrandt, Monet, etc.; The Chapel of St. John the Baptist, the most expensive chapel; or just climb onto one of the vintage trams and get enmeshed in the historicity of Lisbon.

Another main attraction of Portugal is its beaches, and Algarve is its epitome. Lagos with its seafaring heritage is one place to visit as it offers the opportunity to witness most scenic beaches, medieval castles, and the heart-stopping rock formations which are in contrast with the lazuline waters. Also available are sightseeing cruises and dolphin safaris. In eastern Algarve is the town of Tavira, a town's legacy shaped by the Romans and then the Moors. Known for its castles, bridges, and monuments, Tavira is also one of the few islands where camping is permitted or you could just sign up for a sightseeing cruise along the beautiful Ria Formosa.

Snuggled up between the Sintra Mountains is the town of Sintra, popular for its royal heritage. Filled with castles, palaces, villas, and royal retreats, this is a place to envision the Portuguese royal family. The ancient ruins of Castle of the Moors atop the highest hill is a sight to behold along with the exotic and romantic palatial villa, Monserrate Palace.

Another charm of Portugal is its vineyards. And if you are craving a taste of fine wine, there is no other better place than the city of Porto, world famous for its production of fine port wine. The city also features the main tourist attraction of the Ponte Dom Luis, a metallic double-deck arch bridge which connect Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia, well known for its port wine cellars. Some of the finest hostels in Portugal are located within easy access to these famed vineyards and wine tasting spots, so you can enjoy the best that this country has to offer, while enjoying comfortable accommodation at reasonable costs.

expert for Portugal hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Portugal hostels Joy Barboza

Travel Tips for Portugal - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Portugal. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Portugal. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Portugal

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Portugal?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Portugal here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Portugal safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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