Homestays in Portugal: A Great Option for Travelers

by Jennifer Ranking
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Many people have a bucket list of countries they’d love to visit and explore. We have an innate desire to learn more about our world, a yearning that takes us across the globe in search of new adventures. Portugal is one of the most popular countries for holidaymakers in Europe. The rich culture, impressive architecture and spectacular beaches make it a hotspot for those seeking a varied holiday. So, what’s the best way to explore a country as diverse as this? With homestays,  of course. Homestays in Portugal will give any visitor  special insight as to what it’s really like to live in the country, offering a unique experience. Here’s why you should consider a homestay the next time you’re traveling to Portugal.

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What Are Homestays?

Whether they’re Portuguese locals or expats who’ve made the country their home, they’ll welcome new guests into their home with open arms – often for about half the price of a hotel. Homestays are currently battling against the flurry of tourist resorts that have dominated areas of Portugal in recent years. It’s a way to bring charm back to the country, by giving visitors a stay in traditional Portuguese households.


A Budget Way to See Portugal

Portugal has many areas that are particularly tourist heavy; namely Algarve and Lisbon. Because of this, many developments of luxury Algarve villas and all-inclusive hotels have popped up along the coast. Though this has brought a lot of tourism to help the economy, it’s also hiked prices up for prospective visitors. By using homestays, travelers are guaranteed find a place to stay that’s just a fraction of the hotel or villa prices. Often, backpackers or those who want to travel up and down the country simply don’t have a budget that extends to exclusive hotels, making homestays an ideal option.

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Learn About the Country And Live Like A Local

Travelers who are keen to explore more of the undiscovered side of Portugal will greatly benefit from a homestay. The homestay family will essentially act as hosts, giving tips on where to visit and what to do during your stay. They will be able to recommend all of the best restaurants, beaches and any areas where you can escape the crowds of tourists to discover more of the traditional Portuguese life. There will be unspoiled landscapes, independent coffee shops and derelict castles to explore.

Furthermore, many travelers who choose the homestay option are also keen to learn more of the language. Hosts are often more than happy to help guests perfect some phrases and some basic Portuguese words. Depending on the length of the traveler’s stay, they might even be able to grasp a solid understanding of the language!

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How to Find The Best Homestays

Portugal is full of families ready to prepare the guest bedroom for explorers passing through their idyllic towns. There are many websites with the sole purpose of helping to match travelers up with their ideal homestay. BedyCasa is a universal site, with locations all across the world. However, if you’re travelling to learn the language too, then Lingoo is an excellent site. There’s also an organisation run by the government that promotes historic homestays called Solares de Portugal. The rooms range from a stay in a manor house to agricultural farms, a wonderful way for travelers to see the real Portuguese lifestyle.

Why Choose To Homestays In Portugal?

Portugal is a fantastically diverse country, meaning that whatever type of holiday you’re searching for – you’ll be able to find the perfect place to stay. From beach holidays in the Algarve to exploration in small fairy tale towns like Sintra, it really does have it all. The people are friendly and helpful, always willing to go the extra mile to ensure you have a memorable stay in the country that they are so proud of.

There are other countries to explore around the world that also offer homestays too.  Enjoy!

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Mary Charlebois March 11, 2019 - 8:36 am

Thank you for this useful story. I enjoyed it very much and will consider a homestay in Malta.

Jennifer Ranking March 11, 2019 - 10:34 am

Hello Mary,

I’m glad you found the article useful. A homestay really is a great experience if you ever get the chance to do it 🙂

Nancy Zaffaro March 11, 2019 - 10:55 am

Thanks for your comments and agree, this could be a good option for your visit to Malta!

Becky Breshears March 11, 2019 - 9:47 am

I would love to try a homestay sometime. Thanks for the great resources.

Jennifer Ranking March 11, 2019 - 10:35 am

Hi Becky

No problem at all, I’m glad you found it useful. You should definitely try it!

Samuel Yau September 20, 2020 - 10:06 am

Do you have info on homestay in Spain and other European countries too? Thank you.

Nancy Zaffaro September 22, 2020 - 5:58 pm

HI Samuel, Thank for writing! I’d recommend; they’re one of the largest. Take a look at another article we published on home stays: as well. Best of luck in finding that place that is perfect for you!

Hebe Adventures July 21, 2021 - 10:29 pm

I am thankful to this blog giving unique and helpful knowledge about this topic.

Nancy Zaffaro July 27, 2021 - 8:52 am

Thanks so much for your kind comments. We’re glad you find the information useful! I have no direct experience with your own organizations, but sounds like people might want to look at your site as well;



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