It may seem like all of Europe is a bargain thanks to the declining euro, but some countries are still significantly cheaper than others—and Portugal is among the best values across the pond. In Porto, the country’s second-largest city, visitors can eat fresh-off-the-boat seafood in sidewalk cafes and swill bottles of port for a fraction of the price you’d pay in major European metropolises.
Porto has its share of trendy hotels that cost $100-plus per night, but by renting an apartment, you can experience life in the heart of the historic city for right around $50 a night.
Like most cities in Europe, Airbnb has already gained a strong foothold in Porto, and it truly is a renter’s market. It’s not difficult to find a spacious, stylish apartment in a great location for a price that seems too good to be true. (If you’re not sure, check out the reviews.) Forget the days of bunking up in a grimy hostel, and consider checking in to one of these Airbnbs in Porto.
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This roomy space (above) sits right across from Praça do Infante, home of the Palácio da Bolsa, also known as the Stock Exchange Palace. Floor-to-ceiling doors and windows flood the main living area with light, and a wrought-iron balcony looks out over the street below. The kitchen and bath seem fairly basic, but there are two bedrooms with space for six guests. A recent guest raves about the restaurant downstairs, which serves a “dish of the day” for under five euros. At around $50 per night for this apartment, you should have plenty of cash to spare.
The sunny terrace is the star of this little modern studio, situated five minutes from the Trindade Metro Station. The kitchenette is equipped with a mini fridge and espresso machine (with coffee included), and there’s a sofa bed for extra guests. The rental agency, which owns dozens of properties in the area, offers a free app to guests along with concierge service and a luggage room. The current cost is $53/night.
Mario’s thoughtfully decorated flat looks out over Porto’s red clay rooftops. Inside, the vibe is minimalistic and serene—the perfect place to relax after a gut-busting Francesinha lunch (that would be a sandwich packed with ham, sausage and steak topped with melted cheese and tomato and beer sauce). There’s no kitchen, but breakfast is provided, and it’s just a short walk from Avenida dos Aliados, a bustling street with plenty of shops and restaurants.
Nearly 100 five-star reviews say everything you need to know about this elegant apartment in a 19th century building. Located about 10 minutes from the city center in an artsy district, the space has all the necessities and some nice extras, including a kitchen, access to laundry, TV, free parking and even welcome snacks and drinks. Guests rave about the helpful owner, a local art teacher.