Travel in Portugal, Europe: city and beach trips

Nice weather and warm temperatures all year round, good quality of life and low cost of living are some of the main allures attracting travelers, tourists, expats and digital nomads to Portugal in Europe. What is more, it is considered to be one of the most affordable destinations in the world, and many choose it not just for a quick stop along their European travel itinerary but as a retreat or vacation that may last several months or more. Others seek to move permanently to places like the Algarve, Porto or Lisbon and so invest in holiday homes and other types of property there. In this post, we gather previous articles where we recommended accommodation in the aforementioned Portuguese cities. If you would like to visit and explore potential places to live close to the Atlantic Ocean, scroll down and pick your favorite.

Where to stay on your trip to Porto, Portugal

There are many reasons why you might have already heard about the second largest city in Portugal: Porto –or Oporto. Perhaps you ticked Lisbon off your bucket list some time ago and your traveller friends have started prompting you to go up north and visit Porto, or you are a football fan already acquainted with Porto FC. If you are wine lover, you may be attracted to this destination for its worldwide-popular cellars and tasting tours, or because it is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the Portuguese path of the Way of St. James if you enjoy historical landmarks or plan to complete the Camino. Even sea lovers can find their own little piece of paradise in Porto, since its westernmost area is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. Click on our pin below for suggested hotels and accommodation.

Holiday apartments in the Algarve, Portugal

There is no need for you to be a surfer to fall in love with the Algarve in Portugal: this increasingly popular destination is attracting more and more travellers every year, especially those who seek a peaceful retreat by the sea, amazing landscapes and fine cuisine. Algarve is the region occupying the most southern section of the Portuguese territory, served by Faro airport and well-connected throughout by an effective bus network. Its sunny weather and mild temperatures all year round make it an optimal place for winter escapes and summer trips alike. Whether you are travelling solo, with friends or family, here you can find the perfect accommodation in Algarve.

Hotels in Lisbon (Lisboa), Portugal

When visiting Lisboa, travellers get the chance to tick off some of Europe’s most instagrammable landmarks on anyone’s bucket list: St. George’s Castle, the Alfama neighbourhood, the Praça do Comercio, the Belem tower, the Monastery of St. Jerome, the Oriente railway station and the Vasco da Gama bridge. Accomplishing this sightseeing tour in just a couple of days is even possible if they stay in downtown Lisbon and get around by bus, underground or tram, as the city centre is really well connected to these points by the different transportation networks and Portuguese travel cards are quite inexpensive. Our recommended hotels below are all within short walking distance or very well connected by public transportation to the most beautiful and lively spots in this city of Portugal, Europe.

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Hotels near Parque das Naçoes and Oriente train station in Lisbon, Portugal

The district known as Parque das Naçoes in Portugal was originally the landmark where Lisboa’s World Expo 98 was held, today converted into a strategic part of the city that houses office buildings, parks, residential areas, educational and cultural centres and the International Fair of Lisbon, the facilities in which many exhibitions, congresses and big events take place.

Precisely because the FIL pavilions are set on this location, the vicinity boasts some of the best hotels in Lisbon for a business stay, yet there are some other perks to enjoy when choosing it: for instance, how close it is to the Gare do Oriente or Oriente railway station, which enables you to travel by train to Porto, Faro and Madrid as well as to other alluring destinations, and also to reach any point of Lisbon by underground and bus. The station is just a couple of minutes away on foot, and one of the ways to arrive there is by going through Vasco da Gama shopping centre.

Read below to find accommodation near Oriente train station in Lisbon and the Feira Internacional de Lisboa pavilions.

The Tivoli Hotel next to Oriente underground station in Lisbon

This hotel in Lisbon, a member of the Tivoli hospitality chain, has been rated 4 stars not only thanks to its unbeatable situation –the airport is only three subway stops away-, but also for its unrivalled services and facilities. Guests can enjoy an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a spa. As far as rooms are concerned, when making a reservation with the Tivoli Hotel Oriente, you may choose a suite, a double or twin room, a family one or even the bridal suite. Some offer stunning city views while others overlook the river.

Inside your room, you will be granted free WiFi access, and you will be able to get some good rest, use your private bathtub or order breakfasts and meals to the room service. The whole premises are adapted for guests with reduced mobility and are non-smoking throughout. Moreover, the staff will be happy to assist you with currency exchange, car hire, safety boxes and any other needs you may have during your stay.

Ibis Lisboa Parque das Naçoes, 3 star hotel in Lisboa, Portugal

Located in the aforementioned business district, this Ibis hotel in Parque das Naçoes is a 10-minute stroll away from Lisbon Casino and the popular exhibition venue known as the “Atlantic Pavilion”. It is surrounded by restaurants where you will have the chance to try both modern and traditional Portuguse dishes.

This functional budget hotel in Lisbon (offering really good value for money) puts totally equipped double or twin guest rooms at your disposal, all of them with ensuite bathroom, complimentary WiFi and an in-room working desk. A varied buffet breakfast is served every morning, and you can also get light meals, drinks and snacks from the snack bar during the day. The rest of services provided include laundry, fax, daily press, and car rental, to name just a few. A 10-minute car ride separates it from Portela airport.

The VIP executive Arts hotel in Lisbon

This 4 star hotel in Lisboa is integrated into the Parque das Naçoes Area, within short walking distance to the FIL pavilions and Oriente metro and railway station. All spaces are soundproofed and any traveller staying in one of their individual, double or twin rooms or suites is equally granted access to the complimentary daily breakfast and the free WiFI internet connection.

Strongly business-oriented, the VIP executive Arts hotel provides eight rooms to held meetings and events, as well as a larger venue which can accommodate over 150 participants. It has an onsite bar and a restaurant, and is connected to the airport by underground trains departing from Oriente all day through. If you would rather use private transportation, you may book an airport transfer in Lisbon.

Couldn’t find what you were looking for? Check other available hotels in Lisbon, Portugal.

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The best located hotels in central Lisbon, Portugal

If you are planning your first trip to Portugal, we advise you to look for strategically situated accommodation in central Lisbon, in such a way that it will be easier and cheaper for you to explore its beautiful downtown. This post will help you find and book some of the best hotels in Lisbon for first-time visitors.

When visiting Lisboa, travellers get the chance to tick off some of Europe’s most instagrammable landmarks on anyone’s bucket list: St. George’s Castle, the Alfama neighbourhood, the Praça do Comercio, the Belem tower, the Monastery of St. Jerome, the Oriente railway station and the Vasco da Gama bridge. Accomplishing this sightseeing tour in just a couple of days is even possible if they stay in downtown Lisbon and get around by bus, underground or tram, as the city centre is really well connected to these points by the different transportation networks and Portuguese travel cards are quite inexpensive.

4-star hotel in Lisbon city centre: Lisboa Pessoa

Located in the heart of Lisbon and only 6 kilometres from Humberto Delgado International Airport, this establishment provides guests with free WiFi all throughout its premises, and comfortable rooms equipped with flat-screen TV that are cleaned daily and can accommodate solo travellers, couples, groups or families.

The Lisboa Pessoa hotel has an onsite bar, an indoor swimming-pool, parking spaces available, a wellness centre and complimentary services like left-luggage, safes and daily buffet breakfast. You may check nightly rates and availability here.

Accommodation in Lisboa: Turim Terreiro do Paço

This hotel is situated in Rua do Comercio, within short walking distance to the Commerce Square (Praça do Comercio) and the Lisbon Cathedral, an ideal spot to enjoy the views to the river and hop on a tram. Guests staying here may choose single, twin or double rooms with TV, free WiFi access and assorted breakfast included in the price.

The Turim Terreiro do Paço has its own bar and restaurant, although it must be said that it is surrounded by a varied range of typical restaurants and cafés, and provides other paid services such as dry-cleaning, ironing, laundry and airport transfers.

3-star hotel in Lisbon downtown: Lisbon Sao Bento

Another conveniently located hotel in Lisbon, near to some of the most important landmarks as well as to Lisboa underground stations and bus stops, is the Lisbon Sao Bento Hotel. Among the perks of booking a room here we would like to highlight the stunning city and river views and the gluten-free variations of their breakfast.

Fashion lovers prefer this area because of its proximity to the shopping avenue known as “Avenida da Liberdade”, and may book double rooms, twin ones or suites with WiFi, safety deposit box and private bathroom with amenities.

*If you travel to Portugal strictly for work and need a business hotel in Lisbon, see Hotels near Parque das Naçoes and Oriente Railway Station.

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Hotels near Lisbon airport (Lisboa, Portugal)

Lisbon international airport (IATA code: LIS) receives different designations such as Humberto Delgado, Portela or simply Lisbon airport, however, all of them refer to the gateway welcoming international travellers into the city. Furthermore, LIS also serves as the main headquarters of TAP Portugal in Europe.

Accommodation options to sleep near the terminals of Lisbon airport (for different travel budgets)

The greatest advantage of staying in a hotel near Lisbon airport in Portugal, whether for tourism or business purposes, is the fairly short distance between it and the city centre (7 kilometres) allowing us to travel from one point to another quickly and smoothly by using the ground transportation system (metro lines, city buses or the Aerobus service) .

Tryp Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel close to Lisbon airport

This hotel –managed by the Tryp brand– is a 4-star establishment located just 100 metres away from Humberto Delgado airport, as well as within walking distance to several underground stations and the financial district, known as Parque das Nações.

The 168 rooms of this hotel in Portugal feature air-conditioning, cable TV channels, safety deposit box, mini bar and ensuite bathroom with shower, apart from the usual complimentary toiletries. Categories are divided into individual, double and presidential suite, which can be upgraded to Premium, or enhanced with city views and wellness experiences.

When you book your stay at the Tryp Lisbon Airport Hotel, you have the option to choose a “breakfast included fee”, as a buffet breakfast is served daily inside the facilities. At lunch time and in the evenings, their restaurant offers traditional Portuguese dishes alongside with international meals, and even vegan and gluten ones. There is also a cocktail bar, a Spa, a gym, a swimming pool and a business centre.

Other perks for travellers are: WiFi internet connection (free of charge), parking, round-the-clock front desk, ironing and laundry service, Fax and available spaces for the arrangements of meetings and conferences. The staff can provide assistance in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French.

4U Lisboa III Guest House near Lisboa airport

When looking for affordable accommodation in Lisbon which, at the same time, gives us good value for money, this small and cosy guest house situated 1 kilometre away from Lisbon international airport seems just ideal, and all the more so when we find out that they also offer us the possibility to be picked up at the airport and driven back on the day of departure.

Every room in the 4U Lisbon III features a heater and free WiFi; the bathroom is shared with the other guests, as well as a kitchen where we can cook our own meals. Several metro stations, Bela Vista Park, the “Oriente” station, the financial district and Lisbon Casino are few kilometres away (between 1 and 3) from the building.

In case we rent a car to get around the city, we will be able to use a nearby public parking for a small fee. The staff speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and French. Are you interested in this cheap hotel in Lisbon? Check availability for your trip here.

The Lisbon Airport Hostel

This affordable accommodation near the airport in Lisbon is situated 1 kilometre away from Humberto Delgado International Airport, and it offers both individual and double rooms –which can be standard or deluxe ones- equipped with coffee maker, flat screen TV and WiFi without any additional cost. A continental breakfast is served daily for their guests.

You can choose a room with a balcony or sea view. The kitchen, the toilet and shower and a communal sitting room with TV are shared with the rest of guests. The building has a lift and smoking is prohibited in all areas. The staff speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. Check availability and prices for this hostel near Lisboa airport.

Centrally located hotel in Lisbon, Portugal (budget-friendly)

Formerly known as Princesa Lisboa Centro and recently renamed as Stay Hotel Lisboa Centro Saldanha, this hotel in central Lisbon is a member of the Stayhotels Portuguese hospitality chain situated at number 130 of Rua Gomes Freire in Lisboa. Its convenient location enables guests to visit the most emblematic landmarks of the city after a short bus ride, a nice stroll or a quick journey on Lisbon subway trains, while it also guarantees a good night’s sleep since, unlike other accommodation options in the lively Baixa neighbourhood, this one has much quieter surroundings.

The fastest and most inexpensive way to transfer to this hotel in Lisbon is by metro trains departing from Humberto Delgado airport (LIS), where you are allowed to keep your luggage with you. The Lisboa metro system is simple and services run rather frequently. The concourse of the Red Line of Lisbon underground is clearly signposted right before you exit the arrivals hall of Terminal 1, so go downstairs, buy your tickets from the self-service machine and hop on the next train headed towards São Sebastião. Get off at the Saldanha station and change to the Yellow Line towards Picoas: this is as close as you will be to the Princesa hotel main entrance, 5 minutes away on foot.

Checking in at the Stay Hotel in central Lisbon

A nice and efficient member of the staff welcomed us upon arrival, processed the payment and gave us all the information we needed, even providing directions to get around the city, which proved really helpful during our trip. The front-desk area is rather small, but we appreciated the fact that it featured large mirrors on the wall.

Our hotel room in Lisboa

Our twin room at this centrally located hotel in Lisbon was on the third floor, offered views to the city streets and was surprisingly ample: there was enough space to walk as well as to open and handle our suitcases. It had both a window and a balcony. Complimentary bottled water, tea bags and facilities to prepare hot drinks awaited us on the desk, and we could also enjoy a spacious wardrobe, a full-length mirror, a flat-screen TV and an ensuite bathroom with tub/shower, soap, shower gel and clean towels changed daily.

Breakfast at the Stay Hotel Lisboa Centro Saldanha in Portugal

Each morning, guests of the Stay Hotel Lisboa Centro Saldanha in Lisbon are offered a continental buffet breakfast served in a cosy dining area of the ground floor. It may be already included in the nightly rate when you make your reservation or paid for separately. It consists of a choice of cereal, milk, coffee, hot chocolate, the typical “pasteis de nata” and other pastries, yogurt, cheese and cold meats. There were loaves and slices of bread and a variety of pieces of fruit, and both a toaster and a squeezer were made available for us to use them freely. The premises were clean and the still sleepy guests could eat their first meal of the day to the beat of music videos or while watching the news on a TV screen.

Recommended accommodation in Lisboa

The overall experience was quite positive, and we would like to place emphasis on its ideal location in terms of tranquillity and public transport options. The unexpectedly large room with lots of natural lighting was a plus, which adds up to the hearty breakfast and the in-room amenities.

Their WiFi did not work on my Android phone, something that was not unusual according to the staff. This was the only disadvantage for us, but it has to be said that the staff made every effort to solve the problem and, since we did not spend much time at the hotel, this was not truly relevant.

You can check availability and prices here or, otherwise, search for other hotels in Lisbon.