Where to Stay in Portugal

Portugal is one among my favourite international locations ever! Having lived there for 9 months, I used to be fortunate sufficient to expertise a lot of its wealthy tradition, scrumptious meals, nice waves, historical historical past…And I nonetheless have a lot to see and do!

If you’re planning your holidays to Portugal, you need to take into accounts that every metropolis in each completely different a part of the nation is exclusive and has one thing completely different to give you.  So selecting the place to remain can actually make the distinction as it’s all about what you’re searching for!

That’s why I made this information with the most effective locations to remain in Portugal, together with a vacation spot for any style!

The greatest place the place to remain in Portugal is Lisbon if you’re searching for a effectively rounded expertise. But that’s not all, Porto is a good selection if you wish to attempt its well-known wine, Lagos is ideal should you love the outside, Madeira Island for a tranquil gateway, Sao Miguel (within the Azores) for {couples}, Sintra should you love historical past, Costa da Caparica is the right surf vacation spot and the scholars in Coimbra actually know tips on how to celebration!

For every metropolis on this submit I’ve additionally included lodging choices for various budgets, from luxurious lodges to cozy visitor homes and reasonably priced hostels. But bear in mind to e-book them some months prematurely if you wish to make sure to discover a spot, particularly in the summertime months as lodges in Portugal e-book so quick!

Are you able to see all of them with me? Let’s go!

If you might be in a rush

If you don’t have time to learn the entire submit, listed here are the highest lodges the place to remain in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon:


Mid-Century Apartment

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funds lodge

Zurin Charm Hotel

Best reasonably priced lodging within the heart

Here’s a map for you, so you’ll be able to visualize the place all the most effective cities the place to remain in Portugal are positioned:

1. Lisbon – the place to remain in Portugal for the primary time

0 Things to do in Lisbon

Well if it’s your first time within the nation, what higher place to remain in Portugal than its capital?

Located on the sting of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is among the most full cities when it comes to what it has to supply that I’ve ever been to in my life… And it’s so charming on the identical time.

Here you’ll discover numerous city artwork (which makes town tremendous colourful!) numerous museums,  world-class nightlife, historic buildings, purchasing choices and panoramic viewpoints… There are so many things to do in Lisbon!

Among the issues that I like essentially the most about this metropolis is the traditional tower of Belem, the Miradouro Graça Viewpoint, the Alfama district the place you’ll be able to attend a standard Fado present (take a look at the best places to see Fado!) and drink the Ginjinha liqueur, or the Bairro Alto to bounce the night time away.

This can be THE place to attempt the scrumptious native delicacies. From the candy pastries pasteis de nata, to the everyday baccalao (codfish) ready in any sort of manner, and the petiscos, the portuguese model of the spanish tapas. All ought to be accompanied with a glass of inexperienced wine!

And should you love strolling, that is undoubtedly the place for you. Lisbon is constructed on seven hills, so even when every thing is comparatively shut, you’ll stroll kilometers up and down!

Luxury lodge

Located only a few minutes from Lisbon’s primary points of interest, this 5-star lodge gives a number of swimming pools and a fantastic rooftop terrace from which you’ll be able to get pleasure from panoramic views of Lisbon metropolis heart and the Tagus River. In this luxurious property you’ll even have entry to all of the facilities you want comparable to a shared lounge, a connoisseur restaurant serving Japanese delicacies and an on-site spa and wellness heart the place you’ll be able to chill out. In different phrases, right here you’ll be able to benefit from the metropolis life and luxury on the identical time!

Other lodging choices in Lisbon


This nice lodge has every thing you want: rooms with air-con, free wifi, and entry to an in home restaurant!


Do you need to keep in Portugal on a funds? Then look no additional than this low cost lodge, centrally positioned in Lisbon!


Have a tranquil getaway on this fashionable home with vintage furnishings, wood furnishings, and parquet flooring, plus a eating space for cooking

Things to do in Lisbon

  • Go to have a lunch in one of many scrumptious eating places of LX factory
  • Just stroll across the charming and hilly metropolis heart
  • Check out the traditional tower of Belem!
  • Have the most effective metropolis views from the Miradouro Graça Viewpoint
  • Attend a standard Fado present at Café Luso in the Alfama district
  • Dance the night time away within the many golf equipment of Bairro Alto

2. Porto – for the most effective wine in Portugal

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Located on Portugal’s northwest coast, the traditional metropolis of Porto is ideal for a tranquil metropolis break, providing as many points of interest as Lisbon however with a smaller and extra laid-back vibe. Here all of the fascinating sights are inside strolling distance of one another!

And, evidently, that is the place the scrumptious port wine was invented (should you don’t comprehend it already, it’s a sturdy pink candy wine), so you can’t depart town with out making an attempt it. Check out the Calem Cellar, the place you are able to do tastings of their port wine cellars and study their ancestral traditions.

Other than its conventional wine, there are loads of different points of interest and actions in Porto. Get prepared for stunning and historical buildings like the enduring Livraria Lello bookshop or the neoclassical Bolsa Palace, gothic structure, sandy seashores within the surrounding space, and rather more.

But truthfully, simply strolling across the historic heart itself is one among the best things you can do in Porto. I recommend you stroll by the tranquil waters of the Douro River, reflecting the lights at night time, and the historic district of Riberia with its winding streets and historic buildings!

Luxury lodge

Located in Porto’s previous city, solely a 10-minute stroll from the Douro riverside, this 3-time award-winning 5-star lodge has every thing you want for a luxurious vacation! Here you’ll be able to chill within the out of doors pool, hold your self in form on the health heart or get pleasure from panoramic views over town from the rooftop terrace.

Other lodging choices in Porto


This nice lodge gives a restaurant, an outside swimming pool, a health heart, and a bar… plus free WiFi on the entire property


Check out this funds lodge in Porto, that includes spacious rooms with entry to a terrace, free wifi and free parking


Feel at dwelling on this cozy studio totally outfitted with a residing/consuming space and kitchen, providing beautiful views of the river Douro!

Things to do in Porto

3. Lagos, Algarve – the place to remain for the outside

7 Where to stay without a car in Lagos

Lagos is a coastal metropolis positioned alongside the Western Algarve Coast in southern Portugal. Its historic metropolis heart is stuffed with outlets, eating places, and bars, plus sandy seashores, and buzzing nightlife. But there are additionally many different cool areas to stay in Lagos with completely different points of interest and lodging choices!

Anyways, the most effective factor you are able to do right here is certainly to attempt some adventurous sports activities! In reality, its place dealing with the Atlantic Ocean makes it excellent for kayaking, scuba diving, and browsing should you’re into watersports or mountaineering within the stunning inexperienced space simply close by!

And in solely a 20 minute drive, you’ll discover the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, one of many largest parks in Portugal, wealthy in wildlife, inexperienced forests, pristine wind-blown sand dunes, mountaineering trails, and rather more… This is THE place for nature lovers!

Other pure spots you need to undoubtedly take a look at are the scenic rock formations on the Ponta da Piedade, the spectacular Praia do Camilo seashore (probably the most stunning seashores in Portugal), and the legendary Bengali Caves, reachable on one of many many boat excursions.

Luxury lodge

If you might be searching for a luxurious keep in Lagos, then cease right here! In this 5-star lodge they are going to deal with you want a king, with a concierge service, a lovely out of doors swimming pool, and a restaurant serving scrumptious native delicacies! All the rooms are brilliant and spacious, they usually include a personal toilet, a seating space, and room service.

Other lodging choices in Lagos


This 4-star lodge gives nice worth for the value, internet hosting a swimming pool, a backyard, and a bar on web site. And a few of the rooms even have sea views!


If you need to avoid wasting cash with out renouncing high quality, that is the lodge for you, positioned near the famend Port Wine Cellars


This charming little home is positioned in a tranquil avenue proper within the metropolis heart. It’s near the most effective eating places, and bars, and has a big balcony!

Things to do in Lagos

  • Join a boat tour to the scenic rock formations of Ponta da Piedade
  • Spend a tranquil day on the spectacular Praia do Camilo seashore
  • Check out the legendary Bengali sea Caves on this boat trip
  • Try kayaking on a bunch journey from Lagos

4. Madeira – for a tranquil getaway in nature

2 best month to visit madeira

Madeira is a stunning island in the midst of the Atlantic Ocean, close to the coast of Morocco only a 2-hour flight from Portugal.

Being the largest island within the Madeira Archipelago, this magical place gives numerous biodiversity, marine life, dramatic cliffs, panoramic factors, forests, and a rocky shoreline… If you need to join with nature, there’s no higher place to remain in Portugal than this one!

The issues to do and tours in Madeira are numerous, however a few of the greatest ones are for certain exploring the Laurisilva forest, swimming with dolphins, and mountaineering from Pico Arieiro to Pico Ruivo!

FUN FACT: Thanks to the gorgeous climate of the island, Madeira grows distinctive (and peculiar) fruits that you just received’t discover wherever else on this planet, like ardour fruit with a tomato style, banana ardour fruit, and lots of extra. Don’t miss the possibility to attempt them on the Farmer’s Market!

And should you really feel like having a metropolis break, you’ll be able to go to the capital Funchal, one of many best areas to stay in Madeira, brimming with cobbled streets, conventional homes, historic buildings, and scrumptious eating places the place you’ll be able to attempt the native delicacies!

Luxury lodge

This is among the greatest lodges in Madeira should you’re searching for luxurious, positioned in a beautiful spot in Funchal the place you’ll have unimaginable sea views! Staying right here means getting access to a restaurant and bar, an enormous infinity pool, a health heart, and night leisure each night time. Other services you’ll discover at this property are room service and concierge service, together with free WiFi.

Other lodging choices in Madeira


Check out this seafront 4-star lodge in Madeira, with an indoor and out of doors swimming pool, a Turkish bathtub, a sauna and a scorching tub!


If you need to get monetary savings, take a look at this low cost lodge within the north of Madeira, the place you’ll have a scrumptious breakfast included


If you need to really feel at dwelling away from dwelling, this home with open sea views is ideal for enjoyable on an unforgettable vacation!

Things to do in Madeira

  • Explore the marine life round Madeira Island on a Snorkeling and Kayak tour 
  • Try all of the unique, and peculiar fruits at Mercado do Lavradores
  • Explore the Laurisilva forest and the evergreen Rabaçal valley on a tour
  • Go swimming with dolphins!
  • Hike between the Pico do Arieiro and Pico Ruivo

5. Sao Miguel, Azores – greatest island in Portugal for {couples}

Sao Miguel Island in Azores where to stay in Portugal for couples

Azores is one other archipelago within the mid-Atlantic Ocean, of which the principle island is Sao Miguel. This is among the greenest locations you’ll ever see in your life, which makes it the right setting for a romantic vacation along with your particular one!

In reality, it’s not by likelihood that they name Sao Miguel “The Green Island” (in Portoghese Ilha Verde), and while you get right here you’ll perceive why. You received’t see something aside from inexperienced hills, mountains, and verdant fields.

Compared to Madeira, Sao Miguel is far more tranquil and much less crowded, so that you received’t discover huge resorts however stunning visitor homes and comfortable lodges overlooking the Atlantic ocean… Ideal for {couples} that need to get pleasure from some privateness and escape the true world!

And you’ll be able to already think about the sort of actions you’ll do there, all related to nature. You can observe off-the-beaten-path hikes, immerse your self in pure scorching springs, go scuba diving or whale watching… And you’ll be able to even surf on some seashores.

So, in just a few phrases, Sao Miguel is an actual dream!

Luxury lodge

If you need to get up with open ocean views and the sound of the waves, you’ll love these luxurious suites and villas in Sao Miguel! The property gives an incredible rooftop terrace the place you’ll be able to benefit from the solar, chill within the infinity pool, or get pleasure from a cocktail whereas gazing at breathtaking sunsets.

Other lodging in Sao Miguel Island, Azores


This beautiful and calm lodge is ideal for a tranquil keep, positioned in a really peaceable space. It gives a pleasant pool and a scrumptious free breakfast!


Check out this seaside visitor home, excellent if you wish to keep on a funds in Sao Miguel, with a shared kitchen, a shared lounge, and a terrace


This fashionable visitor home will give you a personal and luxurious keep, that includes an infinity pool, a totally outfitted kitchen and residing house

Things to do in Sao Miguel Island within the Azores

  • Go on a boat tour to see whales within the Azores!
  • Relax within the thermal hot springs of the Azores in Furnas
  • Try browsing on the Santa Barbara seashore

6. Sintra – the place to remain in Portugal for historical past buffs

Sintra Lisbon places to stay

The previous city of Sintra, positioned only a 30-minute drive from Lisbon, is among the most unusual and eccentric cities in all of Europe. Nestled in lush greenery, Sintra hosts historic palaces successful UNESCO world heritage standing, just like the Pena Palace and the Quinta de la Regaleira palace!

Even if lots of people go to it simply as a day trip from Lisbon, I consider it’s undoubtedly value it to remain right here should you actually need to expertise its distinctive vibe and go to all its historical points of interest with out being in a rush.

Also, the inexperienced hills surrounding Sintra are superb if you wish to spend a while in nature. If that’s the case, you need to undoubtedly take a look at the Sintra Natural Park, wealthy in vegetation, mountaineering, mountaineering trails, and caves!

Last however not least, right here you’ll be only a quick drive from some unimaginable seashores for browsing, like Praia Grande or Guincho, and to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost level in all of Europe (you most likely comprehend it for its well-known lighthouse) the place you’ll be able to get pleasure from a wide ranging panorama!

Luxury lodge

If luxurious is what you’re searching for, there’s no higher place than this lodge in Sintra. Divided throughout 2 big buildings, this elegant property is a former Nineteenth-century manor home, positioned in Sintra metropolis heart and surrounded by a 14.000 m2 backyard, with views proper over the Moorish Castle.

Other lodging choices in Sintra


These villas have an ideal location in Sintra, inside 2 km of Quinta da Regaleira, 1.4 km of Sintra National Palace, and 1 km from Moors Castle!


Check out these villas set in Nineteenth-century buildings, nestled in landscaped gardens, that includes native crops and an outside pool.


This cozy condominium is snug and enjoyable, with an open house on the bottom flooring, a lounge, and a totally outfitted kitchen.

Things to do in Sintra

  • Have a full-day tour to Sintra Cascais Natural Park and Cascais Beaches
  • Book this skip-the-line ticket to the Pena Palace
  • Go browsing in Praia Grande or Guincho
  • Enjoy the breathtaking panorama in Cabo da Roca, the westernmost level in Europe!

7. Coimbra – the place to remain in Portugal for nightlife

0 Ceremonial hall view things to do Coimbra

The picturesque metropolis of Coimbra, positioned proper between Porto and Lisbon, is definitely the former Portuguese capital, with wealthy historical past, tradition, and exquisite buildings. While this will not instantly sound like someplace to go if you wish to celebration, hear me out!

Hosting one of many oldest universities in Europe (be sure to go to it!), Coimbra attracts A LOT of scholars and younger individuals, which makes it very vigorous at any time of the day, however particularly at night time. Everyone is aware of that college students know tips on how to celebration and since this whole metropolis revolves across the college, there are numerous bars the place you’ll be able to have enjoyable and meet lots of people!

Plus, should you occur to be in Coimbra throughout spring, be sure to don’t miss its loopy festivals, just like the one on the 2nd Sunday of May, when senior college students have fun the top of educational life with colourful parades and sponsor the entire metropolis to get drunk!  Yep! This is simply one of many cool issues you are able to do in Coimbra, examine them out on this post!

Luxury lodge

If you need to splurge a bit, take a look at this historic palace-hotel that includes botanical gardens and a state-of-the-art spa with panoramic views throughout Coimbra. Here you’ll sleep in fantastically elegant rooms, eat in one of many 2 scrumptious eating places on-site, or chill out at its Bamboo Garden Spa, the place you will get luxurious remedies and sweetness therapies.

Other lodging choices in Coimbra


Check out this lodge just a few steps from the University of Coimbra, with spacious household rooms, free WiFi, and a scrumptious breakfast!


If you might be on a funds, take a look at these flats with personal loos, free wifi, and entry to a shared kitchen


These flats are excellent for exploring the gorgeous metropolis of Coimbra and supply breathtaking views of town and the Mondego River

Things to do in Coimbra

8. Costa da Caparica – the place to remain in Portugal for browsing

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If you’re a surf junkie like me, you’ll fall in love with the agricultural village of Costa da Caparica. Located on the coast solely 20 minutes drive from Lisbon, it gives 30 km (19 miles) of sandy seashores overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Here you’ll be able to actually surf on a special seashore each day, and if you’re a newbie, there are numerous surf schools open in the summertime, the most effective interval to apply your expertise!

If you’re not into sports activities, no worries. In the world there are numerous stunning and untouched seashores to simply chill, swim, and revel in a sunny day, like Fonte de Telha or Lagoa de Albufeira. If you need to uncover extra, examine my travel guide to Costa da Caparica!

Last however not least, right here you’ll get pleasure from a few of the greatest sunsets you’ll ever see. I lived in Costa da Caparica for 9 months and each day was treasured!

Luxury lodge

This stunning beachfront lodge has a fantastic location in Costa da Caparica, just a few steps from the principle browsing seashore, and gives flats with personal balconies, totally outfitted kitchens with barbecues, and free parking. And if you wish to uncover the world on 2 wheels, the lodge can prepare a bicycle rental service for you!

Other lodging choices in Caparica


This beautiful lodge is simply 3 minutes strolling from the seashore and gives a shared lounge and terrace


Check out this low cost hostel with clear dorms and funky services like a swimming pool and a shared kitchen!


This condominium has direct entry to the seashore and can make you are feeling at dwelling, providing a lounge and kitchen.

Things to do in Caparica

  • Book a surf lesson and trip some waves!
  • Go kayaking in Lagoa de Albufeira
  • Have a relaxing seashore day at Fonte de Telha

FAQs about the place to remain in Portugal

0 Incredible Neighborhoods Where to Stay in Lisbon with Hotels for Every Budget

📍 Which are the most effective locations the place to remain in Portugal?

🌆 Which is essentially the most stunning city the place to remain in Portugal?

The greatest cities the place to remain in Portugal are both the capital Lisbon, providing many cool points of interest and lodges like Lagos Atlantic Hotel, or the extra laid again Porto, the place you may also attempt the scrumptious Port wine.

💑 Where to remain in Portugal for {couples}?

The greatest place to remain in Portugal for {couples} is Sao Miguel Island, a part of the Azores archipelago, providing untouched nature, out of doors actions, marine life and exquisite visitor homes, and comfortable lodges overlooking the Atlantic ocean!

🏖️ Where to remain in Portugal for seashores?

The greatest place to remain in Portugal for seashores is the small city of Lagos, the place you’ll discover the spectacular Praia do Camilo (probably the most stunning seashores in Portugal) but in addition the Bengali Caves and the scenic rock formations of Ponta da Piedade.


Where to stay in Portugal for beaches

So, have you ever determined the place to remain in Portugal between the capital Lisbon, the laid-back Porto, Lagos with its out of doors actions, the pure Madeira, the romantic Sao Miguel Island, or the historic Sintra?

We have simply been via all the most effective cities to remain in Portugal, each providing completely different points of interest, vibes, and lodge choices, so by now, you need to have made your selection!

But if you’re nonetheless undecided, take a look at my 2 favourite lodges in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and among the best locations the place to remain within the nation:

  • Epic Sana Marquês Hotel – This 5-star lodge gives a number of swimming pools and a fantastic rooftop terrace from the place you’ll be able to get pleasure from panoramic views of Lisbon metropolis heart
  • Urbano FLH Hotels Lisboa – Check out this nice lodge providing every thing you want together with rooms with air-con, free wifi, and entry to an in home restaurant!

If you want these lodges as a lot as I do, e-book one thing proper now or at the very least some months prematurely, so that you’re certain you’ll discover availability and possibly additionally some good gives!

I hope my information will enable you to discover what you might be searching for, and you probably have any questions for me, please drop them within the feedback beneath. I’ll reply you in a blink of an eye fixed!

Have an incredible vacation in Portugal!


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