There are plenty of accommodation options in Portugal – and some amazing bargains, particularly in remoter places and out of season. Many of these can be found with a quick Google search or via the big travel portals.
Not all Portuguese hotels and guest houses have their own websites and many do not list their rooms with online sites.
Details of these can only be found by checking lists published by the local council/tourist office.
The highlighted links below take you to the relevant listings for each town.
Where town names are not highlighted, I have been unable to find an online accommodation list. In which case, try a site like Booking.com or Tripadvisor.
As with other parts of the site, listings are divided into the following regions (see map):
- Northern Portugal (everywhere north of the Douro)
- The Beiras
- Lisbon & Central (includes the Ribatejo and Estremadura regions)
- The Alentejo
- The Algarve
There are also some listings for individual hotels etc. that have been recommended by fellow riders or that offer specific deals for cyclists (more recommendations always welcome).
***Dead links: please, please, please let me know so I can update them!***
Bikotel is a Portuguese sustainability project promoting lodging offering “specific amenities to answer the needs of those who consider cycling the best thing in life (road or mountain biking)”.
There are hundreds of participants in the scheme – ranging from some very upmarket hotels (mansions) to rural manor houses, small guest houses and campsites.
Members must offer: a secure bike garage, bike washing facility, cyclist menu (carbs, fruit and veggie), overnight cycling clothes laundry, a ‘mini-bike repair facility’ and details of local routes, plus other optional extras.
Optional extras that may also be on offer range from bike hire and transfer services to massage for cyclists!
You can help your fellow cyclists by passing on your recommendations. If you’ve stayed somewhere you really liked, please share the knowledge.
Use the ‘Leave A Reply’ box at the bottom of the page or email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMARANTE – select from alojamento local, campismo and hotéis…or scroll through the whole list.
BRAGA – click on ‘Visit’ and scroll down to ‘Accommodation’ – then select the type of accommodation wanted.
BRAGANÇA – use the map or select the choose the type of accommodation wanted by clicking on Escolha uma categoria.
CASTELO DE PAIVA – links to various guesthouses on left
CELORICO DE BASTO – click where it says aqui (here) to see detailed listings
CHAVES – select from Empreendimentos Turísticos (hotels etc.) and Alojamentos Local (guest houses, self-catering etc.)
Hotel Katia – small hotel in the centre of Chaves. Address: Rua do Sol 32, Chaves. Tel: 276 324 446 Pedal Portugal recommendation. We stayed here in October 2014 and it was one of our favourite stays in northern Portugal. Friendly, recently renovated, good breakfast and very reasonably priced.
FREIXO DE ESPADA À CINTA – scroll down and click on “dormir”
GERÊS – scroll down to see the options
GUIMARÃES – scroll down for types of accommodation
MIRANDELA – choose from list of types of accommodation on left
MONTALEGRE – accommodation is listed for the local area – look for places with a Montalegre address to stay in the actual town.
PESO DA RÉGUA – search via the map or using listing of different types of accommodation.
PINHÃO – accommodation is listed for the wider Alijó district, which stretches to the north-east. Look at the addresses to find places in Pinhão itself
PONTE DE LIMA – select from list of different types of accommodation
TORRE DE MONCORVO – use the map or click on the headings on the left for different types of accommodation
VIANA DO CASTELO – select from the list on the left under alojamento
VILA DO CONDE – covers the surrounding area as well as Vila do Conde itself
VILA REAL – the map on this page may not load correctly but accommodation options are listed to the left
AROUCA – site for the wider Arouca Geopark area. Choose from different categories using the drop down menu.
AVEIRO – scroll down or select type of accommodation from the list under the Alojamento heading
BARCA DE ALVA – see Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
CASTELO BRANCO – select from the list of accommodation types
CASTELO RODRIGO – see Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
COIMBRA – information on restaurants and accommodation choices on one page
COVILHÃ – click on Dormir then choose from the different types of accommodation
FIGUEIRA DE CASTELO RODRIGO – includes options for Barca de Alva and Castelo Rodrigo
GOUVEIA – select from links on the left for different accommodation types
IDANHA-A-NOVA – scroll down or filter by type of accommodation
LUSO – includes entries for the wider Mealhada district
MÊDA – scroll down or look at list of categories to the right
MONSANTO – see Idanha a Nova
TRANCOSO – click on the names of the establishments under the picture
VILA NOVA DE FOZ CÔA – click on alojamentos from menu on left
VILA NOVA DE PAIVA – only four options listed but it’s a beautiful and very unspoilt (quiet) area
VISEU – scroll down and there’s even a suggestion of where to stay if you’re travelling with a pet!
Parreira do Minho – simple pensão and restaurant (Portuguese only spoken) in the centre of the old town. Address: R. Direita 174, 3500-116 Viseu. Tel: 232 424 721 Pedal Portugal recommendation. If you’re looking for luxury forget it, but if you want an absolute bargain in the centre of the old town a double room costs €20-25 and a three-course lunch is €5 (prices in 2015).
Lisbon & Central
ABRANTES – provided by the town council the list at the top breaks down the accommodation by freguesia (parish). The bottom heading (União de Freguesias de São Vicente, São João e Alferrarede) covers the actual town. Otherwise, select by type of accommodation (below)
ALCOBAÇA – select from restauracao (restaurants) or alojamento (lodging)
ALENQUER – scroll down, click on alojamento and then choose
BATALHA – click on onde ficar (where to stay)
ERICEIRA – see Mafra
LEIRIA – click on tipologia to choose type of accommodation or set your budget
MAFRA – use map or choose from categories
POMBAL– choose the type of accommodation from picture icons
SÃO MARTINHO DO PORTO – click on alojamento from top menu.
ALCACER DO SAL – five pages of listings (at present) or use the drop-down lists on the left to select location (includes Alcacer and other nearby towns/villages) or type of accommodation
ALJUSTREL click on ‘hoteis‘ or other types of accommodation on the left and zoom in on map
ALMODÔVAR – select onde ficar from menu on left and then choose from vila (town) or concelho (parish)
A Casa da Cerca – excellent new guesthouse (opened June 2021) just off N2 in centre of town. Address: Travessa do Mártir e Santo 4 & 6A, 7700-021 Almodôvar. Tel: 917 380 094 Email: email@example.com Pedal Portugal recommendation. Lovely conversion of older house to provide 6 very comfortable, modern rooms. There’s also a beautiful pool/garden area hidden away behind the house and the owners will be providing safe storage for bikes and an area for bike maintenance.
ALVITO – also has listings for the nearby village of Vila Nova de Baronia
BEJA – select from different types of accommodation
BORBA – use the map to zoom in or choose from different types of accommodation
Casa do Infante – attractive turismo rural property in the centre of town. Address: Praça do Comendador Infante Pessanha 22, 7900-571 Ferreira do Alentejo. Tel: 284 083 004. Recommended Oct 2015 by Robin Watkins who said that if he had to suggest one place from his trip through Portugal it would be this one: “A lovely building, nice pool, great room and fantastic breakfast.”
MERTÔLA with five pages of links
MONSARAZ – see Reguengos de Monsaraz
MONTEMOR-O-NOVO – choose accommodation types from menu on left
MOURÃO – not to be confused with Moura (above)
ODEMIRA – select from accommodation types listed on left and then chose from those listed under Odemira
REGUENGOS DE MONSARAZ – everything in alphabetical order for Reguengos and surrounding villages, including Monsaraz.
SERPA – also includes options in several nearby villages
VIANA DO ALENTEJO – also includes nearby villages of Alcáçovas and Aguiar
VILA NOVA DE BARONIA – see Alvito
VILA NOVA DE MILFONTES – see Odemira, select accommodation type and scroll down to find headings for different locations
ZAMBUJEIRA DO MAR – see Odemira, select accommodation type and scroll down to find headings for different locations
ALCANTARILHA – see Silves
ALGOZ – see Silves
ALJEZUR– also see Carrapateira below.
ARMACÃO DA PÊRA – see Silves
Pensao das Dunas Recommended May 2016 by Michiel van Dam who says: “A must in the Costa Vicentina for cyclists (and hikers and all other outdoor active leisure fans).Owner Eduardo Santos is a great biker himself, and the best source for the best roads and trails. Highly recommended. And yes, their breakfast is famous.”
FARO – select from different types of accommodation
Hotel 3K – only 500m from Faro airport. Tel: 289 822 051 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Recommended Oct 2015 by John Williams: “Ideal for overnight on arrival or departure. Very reasonably priced and offered secure and safe parking of bicycles.”
MESSINES – see Silves
PORTIMÃO – click on link at bottom of page for PDF list of accommodation
Hotel Zodiaco – member of the Bikotel network set 600m from the beach. Pedal Portugal recommendation. Address: Fonte Santa, 8125-618 Quarteira. Tel: 289 381 420 Email: email@example.com
SAGRES – link to Vila do Bispo site, which is the main town for the area
SÃO BARTOLOMEU DE MESSINES – see Silves
SILVES – click on link at bottom of page for list of accommodation in town and surrounding area – including Alcantarilha, Algoz, Armação de Pêra, Messines and Tunes.
TUNES – see Silves
VILA DO BISPO See also Carrapateira above.
4 thoughts on “Hotels, guest houses etc.”
I can recommend 2 hotels for cyclists in the Algarve area of Porutugal. I used these hotels on a cycling holiday in April 2015.
Hotel 3K, 500yards from Faro airport. Ideal for overnight on arrival or departure. Hotel Vasco de Gama in Monte Gordo. Ideal to explore Eastern Algarve and over the border in Spain. Both hotels were very reasonably priced and offered secure and safe parking of bicycles. I booked these hotels through Travel Republic which may be cheaper than booking direct. John
Thanks for those tips, John. I’m expanding the list of accommodation with recommendations from fellow cyclists so will add yours to the list.