3 Best Hostels in Lagos, Portugal – A Backpacker’s Guide to the Algarve Region

Hands up if you’re keen to discover a walled Old Town, Atlantic beaches, and the best hostels in Lagos?

Welcome to the only guide you’ll need for an amazing experience in the Algarve region of southern Portugal.

We’ve found some seriously swanky accommodations that you’re going to love. Solo travellers and backpackers are in for a real treat.

From outdoor pools to pod-beds and boutique design – it’s all here and more.

Your Shortcut:

  1. Bura Surfhouse - best for female solo travelers
  2. Boutique Taghostel - best for solo travelers
  3. Olive Hostel Lagos - best for couples
  4. Extra: Rising Cock Party Hostel - best for partygoers

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It’s also a top destination for party animals – there happens to be an award-winning party hostel in Lagos!

If you’re planning on traveling throughout the cost, we also have a guide on the (relatively) nearby best hostels in Faro.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…

  • are tired of crappy hostels!
  • want a social Hostel to actually meet people
  • are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience

Make sure you have a look at all 27 best hostels in Portugal and epic surf hostels in Portugal.

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Quick Introduction to Lagos

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Lagos cost 14€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 30€ up to 65€ per night. This is a rough average, just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on the season and holidays. Please always check the exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check-Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3 pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11 am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Lagos are …

Let’s jump right into the coolest hostels in Lagos.

  1. Bura Surfhouse – best for female solo travelers
  2. Boutique Taghostel – best for solo travelers
  3. Olive Hostel Lagos – best for couples
  4. Extra: Rising Cock Party Hostel - best for partygoers

These are our favorite hostels in Lagos. We want to make your life even easier, so we put all accommodations on a map for you. We even added our own tips for favorite restaurants, things to see, and more.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Boutique Taghostel
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Bura Surfhouse
🥳 Party Hostel:Rising Cock Party Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Olive Hostel Lagos
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Bura Surfhouse
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Olive Hostel Lagos
🧘 Cozy Hostel: Boutique Taghostel

1. Bura Surfhouse

Bura Surfhouse is a great place to stay for those looking for an unforgettable experience. Bura Surfhouse is comfortable and well-appointed, with private rooms and dormitories available.

Guests can also enjoy a wide range of surf lessons, board rentals, and yoga sessions. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is relaxed and laid-back.

It is also close to a variety of restaurants, bars, and shopping areas. The nearby Algarve region is also home to numerous natural attractions, including the spectacular beaches of Praia da Rocha and Faro.

The surf lessons offered by Bura Surfhouse are tailored for all levels of experience, from beginner to advanced.

In addition to its great surf offerings, Bura Surfhouse also provides a range of activities for guests to enjoy. These include kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and boat trips. 

Book Bura Surfhouse here

Check prices at:
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Have a beer at Bura Surfhouse

Bura Surfhouse Dormitory

They even have an outdoor pool for you to chill out and just enjoy the sun. Staff also organize family dinners so you can meet your fellow travelers. How perfect!

The area is also home to numerous restaurants, bars, and shops, which guests can explore during their stay.

Location: Bura Surfhouse is located 1.8 km from Porto de Mos Beach and 2.2 km from Praia da Forte da Bandeira. It is 2.2 km from Meia Praia Beach and 2.3 km from Batata Beach. Faro Airport is 89 km away, and the accommodation offers a bar and barbecue facilities.

The best choice in Lagos for

  • female solo travelers
Book Bura Surfhouse here

Check prices at:
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Chill out in Bura Surfhouse outdoor pool

2. Boutique Taghostel

Who doesn’t love a good boutique hostel? We do! And we can happily tell you that Boutique Taghostel have done a great job.

Read: 28 Handpicked Boutique Hostels

You’re going to want to book simply for the sea views and old building charm on offer.

“Tag made me fall in love with Lagos immediately!”

Said every guest that has stayed here, ever (probably).

The rooms are certainly the highlight, with their minimalist design, privacy and big spaces.

There’s a lovely selection. Let us show you:

  • 4-bed mixed dorm
  • 6-bed mixed dorm with a sea view
  • 6-bed female dorm
  • 8-bed mixed dorm
  • Double private with a sea view

Not only do you have a ready-made bed awaiting you, but also a towel, lamp and under bed storage.

Good to know: Only cash is accepted for payment on arrival.

On the main floor of the hostel there is a kitchen, living room with TV and an amazing rooftop with those all important sea views.

Oh and guess what? Breakfast is free.

The lovely reception team are eager to sign you up for some fun activities, too.

Talk to them about bicycle rental, dolphin watching, kayaking and surf lessons. There’s so much to do in Lagos!

Location: On the main avenue of Lagos, in front of the marina. Everything you need – beach, food, drinks – is within a 5-minute walking distance.

This is one of the best hostels in Lagos for

  • Solo travellers
  • Adults
Book Boutique Taghostel here

Check prices at:
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3. Olive Hostel Lagos

Gentle and humble – the two words we’d certainly use to best describe the overall atmosphere at Olive Hostel Lagos.

“Welcome to good music and vibes where it is easy to interact with fellow travelers.”

Past guests have commented on how wonderful it is that people join together to enjoy food at dinner time.

It’s not surprising when a hostel has been designed like a home.

And even more so when the staff care so much for each person that walks through that door. Wow.

Let’s have a quick glance at the wonderful inclusions:

  • Cosy lounge area w/ guitars, books
  • Communal kitchen
  • Free coffee & spices
  • Yoga sessions (mats provided)

Note: this is a child and pet friendly hostel.

The old building which it is in still holds so much character and it’s evident in the room design.

All of the rooms – double, twin, female dorms and mixed dorms – are all super cosy thanks to the thoughtful details.

Looking to book some fun excursions? Just ask at reception and they will be happy to help.

Location: Stay here and you’ll be right in the heart of the Old Town – a great central location. That means all of the best bars, restaurants, shops and monuments are really close-by.

This is one of the best hostels in Lagos for

  • Couples
Book Olive Hostel Lagos here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

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4. Rising Cock Party Hostel

Rising Cock Party Hostel is a great option for travelers who are looking for a fun, lively, and affordable place to stay. 

The Rising Cock Party Hostel is popular for its lively atmosphere and fun events. The hostel hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including live music, karaoke, and more. 

The hostel also has restaurant, where guests can enjoy a variety of local dishes and drinks. The staff at the hostel is friendly and helpful, and they are always willing to help guests with any questions or queries they may have.

The rooms at the Rising Cock Party Hostel are clean and comfortable. There is also a lounge area, where guests can socialize and relax. The hostel also offers a variety of activities, such as outdoor games, movie nights, and more.

Overall, the Rising Cock Party Hostel in Lagos, Portugal is a great place to stay for travelers who want to enjoy a lively atmosphere and have fun. The hostel provides many amenities and services, and the staff is friendly and helpful. 

Location: Rising Cock Party Hostel is set in the centre of Lagos, a 5-minute walk from Praia da Forte da Bandeira. Santo António Golf Course is 17 km from the hostel and Algarve International Circuit is 19 km away.

The hostel is also close to Batata Beach, Meia Praia Beach and Dona Ana Beach and the nearest airport is Faro Airport, 91 km from the hostel.

A great choice for

  • partygoers
Book Rising Cock Party Hostel here

Check prices at:
Hostelworld | Booking.com | Hostelz.com

Rising Cock Party Hostel Dorm

Party hard with Rising Cock Party Hostel

What about cheapest hostels in Lagos?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Lagos.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Lagos
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Party Hostels in Lagos

Jump up and down because it’s time to discover the best party hostels in Lagos Portugal! It’s time to join a party in Lagos.

Actually to tell the truth, you only need one recommendation here and that’s enough.

Especially when you find out that Rising Cock Party Hostel is world famous!

Obviously there is good reason for this. Many reasons, in fact.

Thanks to its intimate atmosphere and spacious layout, it’s more like staying at your best friend’s beach house than at a hostel.

Save your energy for:

  • An exclusive FREE Lagos pub crawl
  • FREE breakfast
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Common lounge with perfect hangover sofas

In the words of energetic staff at Rising Cock Hostel: “It’s our business doing pleasure with you…!”

It’s just one of the many best party hostels in the world.

Book Rising Cock Party Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Rising Cock Party Hostel is one of the best party hostels in Lagos, Portugal

Best Hostels in Lagos for Backpackers

We quickly realised that Lagos, Portugal is a mecca for backpacker hostels. Seriously.

That means fun events and a young traveller vibe all mixed in with that hostel vibe – woohoo!

Here is a collection of Lagos Portugal backpackers we just had to include:

  1. Old Town Hostel Lagos
  2. Top City Hostel Lagos

Old Town Hostel

Old Town Hostel is all about those fun activities to bring people together.

Get ready for family dinners, pub crawls, boat parties and sunset tours. That’s just the start of it. Solo travellers will have no problem meeting people here.

We should tell you now; there is a maximum stay of 14 days. Just in case you start to get too comfortable here.

When you fancy just relaxing, head to the common room and jump on the sofa.

From here, it’s a mere 7-minute stroll to Batata Beach.

Book Old Town Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Old Town Hostel is one of the best hostels in Lagos, Portugal for backpackers

Top City Hostel & Suites

The main promotion found at Top City Hostel & Suites is family and fun; pure and simple.

By far the main place you’ll want to hang out is at the superb rooftop pool. It has sea views and everything!

The interior design of this hostel really gives off that true Portuguese feeling. Each room has been cleverly designed to stay cool on hot days.

Other things you’re set to enjoy is a bar, free wifi, kitchen and communal lounge.

Book Top City Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Top City Hostel & Suites is one of the best hostels in Lagos, Portugal for backpackers

Best Hostels in Lagos for Younger Travellers

This one is for the younger travellers because they have an age limit – 18 to 30 years only.

Hutch Hostel Lagos is a small, super friendly hostel that prides itself on being a home-away-from-home.

It has everything you need to generate your own personal experience.

Make use of the kitchen, outside terrace and cosy lounge that’s set up with a TV and a bunch of movies.

The owners are heavily involved and love to have a chat with their guests. 

Stay here and you’ll be located just 10-minutes from the beach, right in the centre of the Old Town.

Book Hutch Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Hutch Hostel is one of the best hostels in Lagos, Portugal for older travellers

Are you adults/older travellers travelling with children or as part of a small group?

You might consider staying at Lagos City Center Guest House, in that case. They offer a wonderful apartment for upto 5 people, and it boasts a balcony and private bathroom.

This is a budget, no-frills option.

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How to book?

The most popular booking platforms are Booking.com and Hostelworld.com. On both platforms, your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included some handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

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We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Lagos best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Lagos hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Ponta da Piedade
  • Praia do Camilo
  • Porto de Mos Beach
  • Mercado Municipal de Lagos


Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

What are the best hostels in Lagos?

You can find the best Lagos hostels in this article!

  1. Bura Surfhouse – best for female solo travelers
  2. Boutique Taghostel – best for solo travelers
  3. Olive Hostel Lagos – best for couples
  4. Extra: Rising Cock Party Hostel - best for partygoers

What is the best party hostel in Lagos?

Rising Cock Party Hostel is world famous party hostel for many reasons. Thanks to its intimate atmosphere and spacious layout, it’s more like staying at your best friend’s beach house than at a hostel.

What is Lagos best known for?

Lagos is one of the most visited cities in the Algarve and Portugal, due to its variety of tourist-friendly beaches, rock formations (Ponta da Piedade), bars, restaurants and hotels, renowned for its vibrant summer nightlife and parties. Here are the Lagos main tourist attractions:

  • Old Lagos
  • Ponta da Piedade
  • Santo Antonio Church
  • Camilo Beach
  • Lagos Fish Market
  • Lagos Zoo
  • Sagres and the Cabo Sao Vincente
  • Praia do Camilo
  • Fortaleza da Praia da Luz
  • Mercado de Escravos - Núcleo Museológico

Are hostels in Lagos safe?

Not all hostels in Lagos are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run and safety measures.

So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Lagos. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!

If you are not secure, you can also send us an email and ask us!

How much are hostels in Lagos?

According to Hostelz.com, prices start from $14 for a dorm bed in Lagos.

Prices may vary depending on season.

What are the best sites for finding hostels?

Of course, the best site to find hostels is Hostelgeeks.com

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Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Lagos.

We did the leg work for you and bring you more hostel guides to destinations in Portugal:

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Do you have any questions left, maybe doubts? Then please leave it in the comment below. We are very keen to help you - and actually you would even do us a favor!

Your question will help us to improve this Lagos guide.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.

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A complete guide and overview to the best hostels in Lagos, Portugal for solo travellers and backpackers

Camone Hostel – CLOSED

Update: Sadly, this hostel is permanently closed. 

What is the best hostel in Lagos? You’ve found it!

Our #1 choice, Camone Hostel, is the kind of place for…

“…all those who find the party hostels too noisy and the hotel rooms too impersonal and lonely.”

This carefully decorated and modernly equipped hostel is overflowing with high quality and a friendly atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.

It’s without doubt the best hostel in Lagos for solo travellers.

The on-site cafe is wonderful. You can order healthy foods, snacks and juices, with outdoor and indoor seating to choose from.

Each morning kick starts with yoga and pilates on the rooftop.

What better way to warm up before a complimentary breakfast?!

If you’re keen for some super fun daytime activities, just speak with staff at reception.

They can help you with booking all sorts of watersports activities such as SUP, kayaking and surfing.

One very important thing to know about Camone, is that they do not offer private rooms.

Instead, a total of 28 single beds are spread over:

  • 2 mixed dorms (with 6-beds each)
  • 3 female dorms (with 5-6 beds each)

Some of the rooms have pod-style beds, whilst others are standard bunks. Each room has it’s own fun sea theme.

What stands out is the huge windows that let natural light flood in!

Everyone gets their own towel, linen, double plug socket and reading light to help you feel right at home.

Location: Situated in the very heart of Lagos Old Town, just steps away from great restaurants, bars and cultural sights of Lagos city center. It’s very easy to explore on foot from here.

This is one of the best hostels in Lagos for

  • Female solo travellers

CLOSED: Suite Thing Hostel

Update: This hostel has permanently closed. We’ve kept this content here for your information.

When the team is made up of backpackers, travellers and surfers, you know you’re in for a good time at Suite Thing Hostel.

What are possibly some of the things you’re hoping to find? Perhaps…

  • An outdoor pool
  • Free breakfast
  • A cute hostel dog and
  • Organised activities?

No point wasting anymore time then: get hitting that book button.

CLOSED: Algarve Surf Hostel

Update: This hostel has permanently closed. We’ve kept this content here for your information.

The staff at Algarve Surf Hostel pride themselves in keeping a wonderful balance between having a fun house, and getting up early in the morning to hit the surf!

This is not a party hostel and is located in a quiet residential area.

The design of this place is gorgeous – we love the wooden bunks built with privacy in mind.

Look outside and you’ll spot a big outdoor swimming pool. Score!

A full breakfast is also included in the price.

Algarve Surf Hostel is one of the best hostels in Lagos, Portugal for backpackers

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