10 incredible Porto airbnbs under £100 you need to stay in
Last updated: 19/08/2019 | From UNESCO-protected apartments to uber contemporary lofts; when it comes to ridiculously cool, super beautiful airbnb accommodation Porto has it all. We've rounded up the 10 best Porto airbnbs to stay in for under £100!
If there's one thing the Portuguese know how to do well, it's seriously well-designed buildings.
They also know how to do mouthwatering food, cultured cities, and stunning landscapes brilliantly too, but we digress.
Seriously though, when researching airbnbs in Porto for a recent winter weekend getaway, we were blown away by the pages and pages of insanely cool, uber hipster listings that popped up. From urban lofts to rustic old-world getaways, we now have an entire airbnb wishlist called Porto Design Goals, dedicated to all the apartments we could see ourselves living in permanently one day (or at the very least, stealing ALL the design inspo from).
To help you choose the perfect fit for you, we've put together our pick of the coolest Porto airbnbs for under £100. Even better: sign up using our Airbnb code below, and get up to £30 / $40 off your booking! Win win.
The 10 best Porto airbnbs to stay in for under £100
1. this 'Loft Alegria' in BolhAo
We stayed at Loft Alegria, Bolhão during our visit to Porto, and it's honestly one of our all-time faves. The apartment is bright, light, beautifully decorated, and close to absolutely everything. In fact, this was our Airbnb review at the time, and we still stand by every word:
"This was one of the best AirBnB experiences we have had. Communication was brilliant and the home was exactly as described (and more). Right in the heart of Porto, Tiago's place was perfect - we even got a bottle of wine on arrival, now that's service! All amenities are close by including transport, shops and restaurants. The main part of the old town is a five minute walk away and having the option to use the bikes provided is wonderful. Overall, we couldn't rate Porto or Tiago's place highly enough."
Bolhão is right in the heart of Porto; the loft is situated just 75m from Bolhão Metro Station, and a mere 50m from the bustling Santa Catarina Street, Porto's main shopping area. It's also dangerously close to the Confeitaria do Bolhão, which if you've read our Porto itinerary, you'll already know is a gorgeous bakery full of all the deliciously sweet Portuguese treats you could ever wish for!
Cost | from £50 a night
Location | Bolhao neighbourhood
2. this charming apartment right next to Bolhão Market
This charming, minimalist apartment in Porto’s historic centre is the perfect spot to base your adventures from. On the outside, Porto’s iconic tiles (azulejos) decorate the building; on the inside, a recently refurbished apartment full of absolute design goals awaits.
Located just a few short footsteps away from the Mercado do Bolhão, Porto's historic 19th-century marketplace, the flavours of this city and its people are right on your doorstep. Wander down to the market to pick up fresh fish and smoked meats, local cheeses and delicacies, and our personal favourite: grilled octopus on a stick, or stroll along Rua de Santa Catarina and sip coffee in the famous Belle Epoque-style Café Majestic.
When you're exhausted from exploring the city (or eating all the pasteis de nata!), simply flop down on that comfy-looking couch (which doubles as a sofa bed for extra guests!) and enjoy that afternoon sun streaming through the window. Heaven!
Cost | from £68 a night
Location | Bolhao neighbourhood
3. this porta33 downtown penthouse in historic Porto
Guys. We've been trying to find a way to do this Porto airbnb justice, and we just can't. Look at all this light-bright-ridiculously-well-designed perfection!
Seriously though, when it comes to location, you really can't get much better than this Porta33 penthouse apartment. Situated on Rua de Flores right in the heart of the UNESCO-protected historic centre of Porto, it is literally across the road from famous (and stunning) São Bento station. We're of the firm belief that if you go to Porto and don't see the iconic azulejos-decorated station, you've done Porto completely wrong - and you can see it from your kitchen window here!
As it's a penthouse, you've also got 360* views of the whole city centre, and a short hop step and skip away is Avenida dos Aliados, the Ribeira district, Bairro das Artes (the arts district), Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos tower), Sé do Porto (Porto Cathedral), and sooo much more. Did someone say perfect couples retreat?!
Cost | from £72 a night
Location | Central Porto
4. this beautiful, airy apartment near São Bento Station
Have you ever seen photos of an apartment and thought; this place was literally made for me?
That's basically what we feel every. single. time. we see Luis' beautiful wide apartment right near São Bento station. Airy, full of light, and immaculately designed with a retro twist, it's surprisingly large for an apartment in the centre of Porto - and the perfect home away from home too! São Bento is at the end of the street, and it's an easy walk from the airbnb to the main Porto attractions of Clérigos Tower, Ribeira, Sé do Porto, Livraria Lello Bookstore, and Palácio da Bolsa.
Cost | from £72 a night
Location | Central Porto
Transport | 3 min walk to São Bento Railway Station.
3 min walk to São Bento Metro Station.
3 min walk to taxi rank
8 min walk to Douro cruises (depart from Ribeira)
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5. this Porto city view apartment in Vila Nova de Gaia
Do the names Sandeman, Calem, Grahams, Ramos Pinto, Rozes and Porto Cruz mean anything to you yet? They definitely will after your stay in Matt and Max's city view airbnb in Porto's port wine cellar district!
Across the Douro river from the Ribeira district lies Vila Nova de Gaia (Gaia, to locals). Technically a separate city founded by the Romans, today it's easily accessible via the Dom Luis I Bridge and is home to many of Porto's top wine houses. Located in the Santa Marinha neighbourhood in a beautifully restored building from 1893, this airbnb boasts epic views back over the river to Porto and the Ribeira district - and the interior is just as divine!
If you’re keen to get a better understanding of Porto’s significant and unique wine history, we’d recommend jumping on this 3-hour Porto wine cellar and tasting tour.
Because the apartment is outside the busy main Porto area, you'll also get a real local taste of authentic northern Portuguese life here too; the sweet scent of port wine, relaxing afternoons spent on sunny terraces, fresh linen hanging from neighbouring apartments, and wafts of delicious coastal cuisine can be enjoyed everywhere you look! If sitting on your balcony in the sun with a glass of wine and watching the world go by sounds like your kind of holiday, this apartment is calling your name.
Cost | from £90 a night
Location | Vila Nova de Gaia
6. this porto by the river apartment in Ribeira
We're pretty sure that the french doors, soft light, and insane river views are reason enough to book this Porto by the river airbnb - but then it has to go and be located on one of the Ribeira district's most iconic streets, Rua Cimo do Muro.
This narrow laneway set back from the main promenade dates back to the 14th century as a part of the medieval Fernandina walls that defended Porto and its castle.
The views over the river Douro are, understandably, spectacular, and from here it's also only a short walk to one of Porto's most famous attractions, the Dom Luis I bridge. Those looking to indulge their taste buds in some port wine, you'll basically be able to pick which cellar you'd like to visit from your own balcony!
Breakfast is also offered in the nearby Peter Cafe sport on the Ribeira waterfront, which means lazy holiday mornings are all yours.
Cost | from £76 a night
Location | Ribeira
7. this fabulous old world flat in porto's historic centre
Culture vultures listen up: we've found your perfect airbnb.
This (insanely beautiful) UNESCO-protected flat is over 200 years old, and was the birthplace of celebrated Portuguese author Joaquim Antunes Leitão in 1875. It's also been lovingly decorated by owners Kurt and Teresa, and is absolute old-world perfection from every angle.
All of the best Porto attractions are just a short walk away, including the best shopping areas and markets, delicious restaurants, lively bars and cafes, main tourist attractions, plus all your transport needs.
It's the perfect spot for someone who loves the vibe of a lively city as much as they love relaxing in a calm retreat-like home.
The airbnb also has 2 bedrooms and can comfortably house up to 4 people - so it's perfect for your next group getaway too!
Cost | from £73 a night
Location | Rua do Almada in the centre of Porto
8. this authentic stay in clérigos
For centuries, Porto's Torres do Clérigos (Clérigos tower) has been one of the city's most recognisable landmarks - and you can practically touch it from your bedroom window in this lovely airbnb in the Clérigos area. It's also super peaceful here too, with views over the green Jardim das Oliveiras (olive garden)
This is the perfect spot to base yourself from if you're keen to explore all that Porto's art district has to offer, with the photography museum, Livraria Lello, and lots of independent art galleries, designer boutiques, concept stores and cute cafés all close at hand. In keeping with the art theme of the area, this airbnb's also been furnished and decorated using products made by young local designers and artists - so you can't get a much more authentic Portuguese experience than that!
Cost | from £67 per night
Location | Clérigos neighbourhood
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9. This greenhouse loft in central porto
This central Porto airbnb is part loft, part cubby house, and ALL of the cool.
Yet another example of Porto's absolutely awe-inspiringly creative interior design genius at work, this loft/mezzanine style apartment in the centre of town is kind of like an oversized cubby for grown ups - and we love it!
Another airbnb right in the heart of the city; from this apartment's balcony you can see the Clérigos Tower and Igreja de Santo Ildefonso (St Ildefonso Church), enjoy a lazy morning coffee at one of the many coffee shops on Rua Santa Catarina, or take in a show at the National Theater just a few minutes away.
Cost | from £67 a night
Location | Central Porto (50m away from São Bento)
10. this quiet studio with balcony & garden view in downtown porto
Looking for all the 'cool' of Porto, without the noise of staying on a busy central thoroughfare? This quiet studio overlooking the Aliados town hall could just be the answer to your prayers.
Located on one of the most famous streets in Porto, Almada street, the area used to be known for its collection of hardware stores. Today, there are only a few left, replaced by trendy new boutiques, galleries, and shops dedicated to arts and vintage products. It's a walking distance from here to most of Porto's other main attractions, and the best advantage?
The studio is at the back of the building, so you'll have sweet, quiet, peaceful slumber. Hooray!
Cost | £63 per night
Where | Aliados, Porto
where to stay in porto
The beauty of travelling in Porto is that its historic and general tourist areas are quite compact and close together, which means most things are only a stroll away and less time wasted sitting on public transport. And yet, despite its smaller centre, the neighbourhoods in Porto are diverse and fascinating, each bringing something unique to your visit. Here's some info on where to stay in Porto to get you started:
BAIXA / SÉ
Above the Ribeira district are the Baixa and Sé areas, where you'll find the majority of Porto's attractions, including: Mercado do Bolhão, Majestic Cafe, Rua Santa Catarina, Palácio do Bolsa, and so many more. It's also where we stayed during our time in Porto, and we found that it had a great vibe, without becoming a party area or being too noisy at night.
Clérigos and its surrounding areas have transformed into the art district of Porto, so expect lots of independent galleries, stores full of art supplies, and designer boutiques mixed in with cute cafes and trendy bars. The area is best known for the Torres Clérigos (Clérigos Tower), a baroque-style church tower in the heart of the city (skip the queue to climb the 225 stairs to the top by booking your entrance ticket here).
Rows of colourful houses and riverfront views; Ribeira is one of Porto's most historic and touristy areas. This vibrant bustle of cafes, bars, and souvenir shops is always busy with happy locals and tourists drinking in the views of the river douro and the famous Dom Luis I Bridge. Accommodation-wise, it's amazingly central, but if you don't like crowds (or noise), another area might suit better. Ribeira is also where the river Douro 6-bridge river cruises depart from; they often sell out out, so book your ticket ahead of time.
SÃO BENTO / AVENIDAS DOS ALIADOS
Just up from Ribeira is the super central São Bento area, home to the beautiful São Bento railway station and the Avenue of the Allies. Obviously easy access to transport is the key advantage here, but you're also right in the the thick of everything historic central Porto has to offer too, from tourist attractions to super cool cafes and restaurants.
VILA NOVA DE GAIA
this is where all the most famous port houses have their cellars, lining the river Douro on the south side. Technically, Vila Nova de Gaia is a separate city to Porto, but it's easily accessible in a couple of minutes via the Dom Luis I Bridge. The benefits of staying here are easy access to copious amounts of port, obviously, but also beautiful views of the river, and back to Porto itself. It's also home to Sierra Do Pilar, a 16th-century monastery now used by the army, which offers up epic 360* views of Porto and the River Douro.
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how to get to porto
Porto is a major hub for northern Portugal, which means it's really well serviced by various international airlines. If you're coming from Europe, the easiest, and cheapest, option is to book a budget flight on Transavia, Air Berlin, EasyJet (we flew EasyJet from London), Ryanair, or TAP (Portugal's low-cost airline) into Porto's main airport. If you're coming from outside Europe, you'll likely need to connect in another major hub, but the transit time is worth it, we promise.
There are regular metro and bus services connecting Porto airport to the city, and we found it to be a totally seamless, and efficient system!
If you're already in Portugal - in Lisbon, Faro, Coimbra or Braga to be exact - you can take a high-speed train to Porto called the Alfa Pendular. These services run every day and take about 2:45-3 hours normally. There's also free wifi on board. You'll need to reserve your seat ahead of time, which you can do on the Comboios de Portugal page.
There are also slower intercity trains between Lisbon and Porto, which run about once every hour. Trains will arrive at Campanhã Train Station, and from there it's a short metro ride to São Bento (or any other local metro station you want).
It is possible to travel to Porto from other city hubs in Portugal and surrounding countries; however as there's no one main bus line servicing all areas, it can be a little confusing to work out the routes. We'd recommend checking in with a local tourist office for the best way to navigate around via the bus network.
Have you found your dream Porto airbnb in this post? Are you inspired to visit the city for yourself? Let us know in the comments below!