10 Affordable Airbnbs in Porto, Portugal

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10 Affordable Airbnbs in Porto, Portugal

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.

Note to reader: Descriptions correspond to the images just above text. And, please make sure to double-check prices and details before booking your stay.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Take a spiral staircase to this charming apartment in the city’s historic heart, La Ribeira, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heavy wooden shutters on the windows and stone walls reflect the age of the building, while an updated kitchen and bath make the stay a comfortable one. Several past guests mentioned the noise from nightlife in the evenings—which could be a good or bad thing, depending on how you travel.

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This bright and basic first-floor spot overlooks a busy pedestrian street. It’s located near the famous bookstore Livraria Lello & Irmão, where J.K. Rowling is said to have worked—and drawn inspiration for Hogwarts—when she lived in Porto.

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This central apartment is at the upper end of our budget—$67/night—but just look at that terrace, which boasts a dramatic view over the city and the Douro River (and has a shower too, just in case). Inside, the space is cozy and contemporary, with a bed, foldout couch, and a fully equipped kitchenette.

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Karolina’s apartment near the Douro River has a charming little balcony with a garden view. The space itself has modern and stylish furnishings and amenities, and it’s an easy walk to the peaceful Jardim de Sao Lazaro.

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Stay in a building that was nominated for the ArchDaily Building of the Year in 2015. The Cristal Apartment is a fifth-floor duplex just a few minutes from Porto’s Cristal Palace and the Soares do Reis National Museum. Every square inch of space is put to good use, with a cozy loft upstairs, a modern and efficient kitchen, a little dining nook, and a siting area with a fold-out couch. The balcony looks out over the city and the Cristal Palace gardens. Guests praise the accommodating host, who has plenty of suggestions for things to do nearby.

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Sharing a building with seven other rentals, this second-floor apartment looks directly out onto the city’s ancient winding streets. The space is simply decorated, and guests are typically greeted with a bottle of port. It’s an easy walk to classic Porto eateries like the art deco Café Majestic.

Lead photo by Rob van Esch

Writer Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia. She likes fancy cocktails and red lipstick, and she’s currently planning a fall trip to Paris and Portugal.

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