It stands out from all the great hostels in Porto for lots of reasons. It starts with eye-popping design that the photos don’t even do justice, and continues with the great team that gives this place its soul.
It ends with the “good vibes only” feeling.
We love the bar on the ground floor, it’s the place to mingle, play board games, have a delicious cold drink, you name it.
And if you are looking to splurge, then please go with the Suite.
The suite also has 2 additional private rooms complete with ensuite facilities. The other rooms have a shared bathroom.
You will be staying in an old house, completely renovated for all the guests. You will be staying literally in the heart of town. So many bars and restaurants around, it might be even hard to choose form.
Just ask the receptionists. They really know their city. Take advantage of the black board since guests leave comments here and activities they plan to do.
The city of Tomar is a Templar city with history and interesting monuments in every corner, from Unesco heritage sites, to the unique Matches Museum.
It is just a 1.5 hours drive from Lisbon, and you can get here by bus or train as well.
A comfy, cool hostel with simple decor, inspired by popular Portuguese culture.
All rooms feature different, unique design, big windows and balconies with views of the castle. You can also and many facilities such as free WiFi and computers, an outdoor terrace to chill out, and a fully-equipped kitchen.
All year around you have the opportunity to meet interesting people with different interests that come to Tomar to enjoy a local experience, away from the tourist crowds.
Hostel 2300 Thomar is located close to both the bus and train stations, on a pedestrian street near the main square. It is a great home base from which to enjoy Tomar, as all the main attractions are within easy reach.
A narrow house with blue windows and a dark-red front door in the Peniche Coast.
The Castaway Guesthouse is the new 5 Star Hostel in Ferrel, located near Baleal Island, Portugal. Your wooden coast shelter.
All the social spaces of the house were thought out so that all the guests can be comfortably together at the same time.
As Peniche, Baleal and the surrounding area are surfer destinations, the guesthouse has teamed up with local surf schools.
You can learn to surf here as well as rent equipment. The accommodation also partnered up with a diving school and a handpicked tour agency for guided visits to the Island of Berlenga.
Berlenga is a beautiful, popular nature reserve next door.
Ferrel is a small town and a hot spot for surfers in search of the challenge of the Atlantic waves.
From here you can access excellent beaches and surf spots that are part of the WSL – World Surf League (Supertubos and Pico da Mota), the Berlengas nature reserve, beach bars, restaurants and local businesses to dive into Portuguese culture.
Reasons are numerous. At Sunset Destination you can find an on-site bike rental service, a 24-hour self-service bar, a yummy breakfast, and a staff who loves the job and can recommend the coolest local things.
The rooftop terrace with its swimming pool at Sunset Destination Hostel is just the tip of the iceberg. Just chill out on the rooftop terrace at the stylish Zebra Bar. Enjoy your cocktail with your new hostel friends. From the hostel you can enjoy a, well, beautiful sunset over the bridge of Lisbon.
The name is no coincidence!
What about the location?
You will be staying inside an architectural heritage building of the train station, a place full of history. Centuries ago, many of the Portuguese explorers’ ships were built here.
Now, remember, you can stay inside the train station in Lisbon and in Porto.
Nice Way Sintra is set in a renovated picturesque ancient palace, in the heart of Sintra, overlooking Mourish Castle and Quinta da Regaleira.
The hostel is a quick five minute walk from the National Palace and within a short walking distance of the best restaurants, bars and walking trails Sintra’s Natural Park has to offer. A top location in Sintra.
This is the best hostel in Sintra for backpackers!
Here’s the best Bed and Breakfast in Sintra you will enjoy for sure: The Five House!
The Five House is a rustic and charming house, traditionally and simplistically decorated. The property is located in a XVIII Century Villa, 5-minute walk from the train station and 15-minute walk from Sintra’s National Palace.
This is your answer on where to stay in Sintra!
Furthermore, the house has a large living room, a terrace, a fully equipped kitchen, two double rooms with a shared bathroom located on the ground floor and, two dorms with four beds and a common bathroom located in the attic.
You see, this accommodation is marketed more like a B&B, yet also offers dorms and private rooms. It is a great option for couples and small groups.
Starting in Porto, you will enjoy amazing food, culture and architecture.
Of course you cannot miss the wine here. Join a wine tasting for the world famous Port Wine.
After that, head North to the city of Braga and Guimaraes. Braga is a students city with rich history. The city of Guimaraes is known as the birth place of Portugal. Wander the small city center and climb up the castle.
How to get around Portugal?
Portugal is fairly easy to get around.
Our favorite way to get around Portugal, the train. Although you will need to take buses too, we just love the train. It is fast and takes you along amazing routes.
The official website for train schedules and tickets is www.cp.pt.
At least take a train from Porto to Lisbon (or a town we recommend in this list!)
When you take a train from Porto to Lisbon, you can literally walk from one hostel to the other.
You can buy tickets directly online and on the train stations. We did not see any differences in prices here. Anyway, it’s always worth it to check the official website first so you can compare it.
Portugal is a huge hub for van life.
You will for sure see a lot of vans from all over Europe here, especially Germany, France and the Netherlands.
The good news is, you can also rent your very own caravan and get around.
The van makes this list of best hostels in Portugal almost useless, since you will be bringing your own van and bed with you.
Renting a Car
Renting a car is actually really easy in Portugal and can be quite cheap. We like to check discovercas.com to rent a car.
We paid 18€ for a day renting. Make sure you check all conditions when renting a car. We always play it safe and get the full over insurance. It is always more expensive obviously, but in case you have any damage, you won’t pay a Dollar for it. You are fully covered!
Good to know: The highways in Portugal come with tolls. It is not expensive, but you have to know about it.
Okay, after finding all these super cool places, it’s time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack.
Make sure you check as well the weather. Portugal in summer is hot, and in winter you will need a good jacket. The north has more rain, so you really should bring a rain jacket. Most hostels offer umbrellas too.
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.