Where To Stay

Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in Europe for visitors and offers accommodation options at both ends of the price (and comfort) scale.

For those on a budget, it’s fairly easy to find campsites (see below) for less than 10 Euros a night, while private rooms (quartos) and basic B&Bs (pensaos) can come in at under 30 Euros.

Out of season, it’s also possible to get good deals on holiday apartments – whether for one night or several. It’s also worth looking for last minute deals online at sites like Booking.com

Staying with people through a hospitality network like Warmshowers or Couchsurfing (see below) can also make a pleasant change and provide an opportunity to get some local knowledge.

These are some general ideas. See the Accommodation entry under Directory & Listings for specific information – and please don’t forget to add to the listings if you know of anywhere that’s worth adding.

There’s also a glossary of useful Portuguese words and phrases relating to accommodation.

Hospitality networks

Warmshowers is “a free worldwide hospitality exchange for touring cyclists”. We’ve used it in a number of countries and met many lovely people. 

CouchSurfing is another internet-based hospitality network. Never used it personally but many others seem to think it’s great. 

Camping

Portuguese campsites can be heaving in July and August – that’s when most of Portugal seems to go on holiday. Other times of the year you can find huge sites with only a handful of people using them. Camping in Portugal is cheap.

I’m trying to develop a comprehensive list of Portuguese campsites – I’ve got 50+ sites listed as of February 2014 (and more coming).

If you know of other sites – or have comments on any listed – please let me know! Use the ‘Leave A Reply’ box below or email pedalportugal@gmail.com

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2 thoughts on “Where To Stay

  1. Is wild camping allowed? We are cycling from Lisbon to Faro over 8 days in July. (I know, we’re crazy) and wondered if it is easy to camp along that coastal route. Thanks.

    • Yes… cycling in July is more than a bit crazy!
      Wild camping is generally ignored/tolerated if you are sensible about where you camp and for how long.
      Plenty of people do it. I think that officially the coast between Lagos and Vila Nova de Milfontes is all part of the Vicentina Natural Park, so wild camping is not allowed. But there are lots of beaches and quiet corners…
      Also, if you just ask at a farm if it is okay to put your tent up for one night, they will often say yes. Just don’t leave a mess.

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