Portugal has an enormous range of accommodation to suit everyone’s budget from campsites through to luxury manor houses and castles. Portugal has a vast array of pensions (pensãos), hotels, boarding houses and historic manor houses. Prices can range from 20€ a night for a basic pension up to over 200€.
As well as hotels and pensions Portugal has over 40 Pousadas, government run hotels which have been converted from monasteries, castles, manor houses. Most are traditionally furnished with elegant features and some have swimming pools and tennis courts. Often you will see signs for an ‘Estalagem’, which simply means an inn. Other forms of accommodation which are becoming increasingly popular in Portugal are ‘Espaço Rural’ and ‘Turismo Rurals’.
The Portuguese tourist board is keen to promote these establishments, which are generally privately owned manor houses and working farms. You can always find ‘rooms to let’ in most towns, villages and cities. Watch out for ‘aluga’ or ‘quartos para aluga’.
There are many villas, private houses and cottages for rent throughout Portugal, with prices ranging from 250€ per week through to a couple of thousand.
Portugal has a large network or government run and privately owned campsites throughout the country, with many providing excellent facilities for very little cost. Away from the coast and tourist resorts it is always best to double check opening times with individual campsites if you planning to travel out of season. However camping outside of official sites is legal in Portugal. Though there are a few restrictions including no parking in urban areas or close to protected water sources.
There are also a large network of youth hostels (Pousadas de juventude). Most of which remain open all year round.
If you are looking for accommodation for a longer term, check out properties for rent in Central Portugal, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .