Accommodation in Portugal

If you are planning a trip to Portugal, accommodation is going to be high on your list of priorities. However, rest assured that Portugal has an enormous range of accommodation in all price brackets, starting with campsites, rooms in private houses and small pensions, right up to the grandest of castles and top hotels. There is a unique category of accommodation in Portugal known as pousadas, which are a series of 45 government-run hotels in converted historical monuments, including castles, convents and monasteries, with a high level of service and design but a surprisingly low price tag (upwards of €60).

Across the whole of Portugal there are villas and apartments available for hire, even in the smallest towns, and if this is the type of accommodation you are looking for you will find yourself inundated with choice. Try to narrow down your criteria before searching for a villa or apartment rental as this will help to reduce the amount of time it takes to find one. Decide roughly on your preferred location, whether this is near a beach, in a town or up a mountain, and how many people will be staying.

Various types of rentals are available, including fully serviced rentals where someone comes to clean the property, or more usually there are plenty of self-catering options available. In fact, self-catering is hugely popular these days as an alternative to staying in a hotel and the range of properties on the market increases every year. Expect to find apartments, villas, cottages and castles all available to hire.

Ever popular in Portugal is camping, and there are about two hundred official campsites to choose from. From as little as €4 per night per person, camping is clearly the cheapest and most reasonable accommodation type in Portugal. If you prefer to sleep in a room rather than a tent but are still on a tight budget, look for rooms in private houses across Portugal (there will be a list at the local tourist office) where prices start at around €15 per night.

Of course, hotels may be facing more competition these days but they are perennially popular with tourists and the range of hotels in Portugal is vast. Every type from boutique hotels with individually decorated rooms, to large chain hotels with regimented accommodation, to exclusive and luxurious hotels are in evidence in Portugal.

With such a wide choice of accommodation in Portugal, the only problem is deciding where to stay!

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