If you’re looking for a slice of authentic Portuguese culture, with a hint of crumbling charm thrown in for good measure, then Porto is a gem of a city!
And let’s be honest… who isn’t up for a bit of that?!
One of the cheapest spots in Portugal too (and great for budget travellers), the country’s second city is ideal for those wanting to dive into the fascinating history of this northern region, not to mention the great food and superb port tastings that are on offer too!
A buzzing city with top day trips to sample as well, there’s also an international airport here, which makes Porto very easy to access.
So if you’re keen to spend a few days in this gorgeous Portuguese city, here’s my list of the top 10 Airbnbs in Porto that provide some of the best accommodation options going…
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#1 Best for Those on a Budget
Lovely, Quiet Room in Downtown Porto
Yes, this place really is as cheap as $25 a night… for up to 3 people!
With a double and single bed in this room, and therefore space for 3 adults, this private room is an absolute bargain – especially when you consider it comes with its own private bathroom too!
The décor is modern and clean and you’ll be very close to a handy metro station in this spot too!
Maria, the host, gets great reviews and there’s even a coffee machine in the room as well.
What’s not to love?!
#2 Best for Families
Hosting 6 guests, across an open-plan property with a double bed as well as 2 sofa beds, this place is perfect for families who have young kids that want to sleep early, but not be too far away.
The high chair, cot, travel cot, children’s toys, baby bath, children’s tableware and room-darkening shades add to the family-friendly nature of this spot and a fully equipped kitchen, aircon and lift access also add to the comfort and appeal.
Pets are allowed too.
With excellent ratings for an easy check-in process and a very central location, the great reviews for this place – which regularly praise its modern décor and great hosts – make this a great Porto Airbnb.
#3 Best for Couples
Loft Apartment with a Sunny Balcony Facing Clerigos
From families to romantic settings, now we move on to the best Airbnb in Porto for couples.
A cute loft apartment with a gorgeous little balcony and views overlooking one of the city’s most famous churches and monuments – Clergios – this place is in the heart of the historic centre and housed in a charming traditional building that has been fully renovated.
The table on the balcony makes a perfect spot for a sunset and a glass of wine, otherwise the full kitchen here will also allow you to prepare a meal that you can enjoy alfresco.
The separate bedroom, bathroom and dining space all add to the spacious and airy nature of this apartment, which also has aircon, good wifi, a lift, room-darkening shades, a Nespresso machine and a 43″ HDTV.
Perfect for those who really want to explore the best of Porto from where they’re staying, this is a lovely space to head back to of an evening, as well as wake up to in the morning!
#4 Best for Groups
With the capacity to sleep 8 guests, it’s pretty amazing that this top Porto Airbnb pick for groups is located within the heart of the historic city centre, which means it’s easy for people to head off and do their own thing without the need to navigate public transport or make firm plans!
With a mix of single and double beds split over 4 bedrooms, there’s a lot of flexibility in this large and modern apartment, with wifi, aircon, a TV and a lift also included in the offering.
However, what really clinches it for me, is the huge communal space, the chic décor and the fact this apartment offers a very quiet stay despite its central location.
Top host communication seals the deal!
#5 Best for Those Who Want to Be Near the Coast
180-Degree Sea Views From a Stylish Apartment
If you’re looking for sea views when you stay in the Porto region, it’s seriously hard to beat this top Airbnb!
180-degree panoramic vistas are the name of the game from this coastal facing apartment and there’s a little balcony where you can take them in from, otherwise, cross the street and you’ll be right on the beach.
A little out of the centre of Porto, because that’s where the nearest coastline is (!), it is however easy to get into the city, or around in general, using public transport and there’s so many good bars and restaurants nearby, you might not have to!
With an artistic design flair throughout, wifi, aircon, a fully-equipped kitchen, beach essentials, TV and room-darkening shades, this top Porto Airbnb is ideal for those who want to be as near as possible to the beach without compromising access to good amenities and the city.
Top reviews praise, well, pretty much everything about this place, including the excellent value for money!
#6 Best for Long Term Stays
And now we move on to the best Airbnb in Porto for long term stays – and a great option for those who are wanting to stay at least a few weeks in this city… or maybe even more!
I’ve gone with a fairly affordable option here, as I know budget is definitely a long-term consideration, as well as the need for outdoor space – it’s certainly crucial when I stay anywhere for a while.
And both these factors make this cute apartment a winner!
Set in the heart of historic Porto, this property boasts a double bedroom, a modern bathroom, a full kitchen and a lovely living space.
All are beautifully decorated with a modern and bright feel.
But the best bit has to be the balcony -with views over the Cathedral and down across the river, there’s no mistaking you’re in Porto when you stay here!
Aircon, a Bluetooth sound system and a Nespresso machine, make this iconic spot an absolute winner!
#7 Best for a Splurge
Situated in the centre of Porto, in a stunning 18th century building that has been lovingly restored, this beautiful 2 bed apartment (which sleeps up to 4 people) is part boutique hotel and part deluxe residence!
Offering the highest standard of luxury furnishings and fittings, there’s even a concierge team here who are on hand to help you check-in during the day and answer any questions you might have.
A private balcony off each bedroom, along with 2 bathrooms, a full aircon and heating system, lift access, room-darkening shades and a full kitchen complete this spacious and sunny spot.
Definitely one of the best Airbnbs in Porto, it goes without saying this place is centrally located too!
#8 Best for River Views
Superior Apartment With River View
So while in Porto, you can’t miss the sight of the huge Douro River which divides Porto from neighbouring Gaia and, in one, direction leads you to the nearby coastline, whilst in the other, takes you inland to the gorgeous vineyards of the Douro Valley.
So yes, the river here is a massive feature, especially given the historic centre of Porto climbs steeply up from its shoreline.
As such, staying in a place that allows you to take in the lovely views of the Douro river and the thin, ancient alleys of historic Porto – dotted with colourful houses – is a great choice.
Boasting a great river view (easily visible from the delightful rooftop terrace space) as well as a private balcony space, this 1 bed apartment, which sleeps up to 4, has some sensational views of central Porto – and is just a stone’s throw from them!
Newly renovated in a luxury style, this apartment boasts a shared pool on the terrace, with loungers, as well as everything you need for a comfortable stay within the apartment itself, including aircon and a Nespresso machine.
#9 Best for Free Parking
Blue House with Balcony + Free Parking
If you’re road tripping your way around Portugal more broadly, then free parking will definitely come in handy when you’re looking for a Porto Airbnb.
And I’ve got just the answer!
Seriously you are not going to get better than this 1 bedroom apartment, located in the city centre, with free parking onsite!
And it gets amazing reviews from former guests and has a balcony too!
Told you it was a good ‘un!
Sleeping up to 2 guests, with a separate living and dining space, as well as parking for 1 car in an onsite multi-storey car park, this is the perfect Airbnb for a couple who have a vehicle while they travel Portugal.
There’s also aircon in this place, superfast wifi and, perhaps, best of all, it’s on a really quiet street despite being so central!
I know there’s a lot of exclamation marks in this one, but seriously, I think this spot deserves them!
A full kitchen and bathroom complete the offering and, situated in a beautifully traditional building, this second floor spot has been lovingly restored to incorporate traditional features along with a functional modern design.
It’s a winning combo!… one more exclamation mark for luck!
#10 Most Unique Porto Airbnb
And now we come to the most unique Porto Airbnb and trust me, if you’re looking for something a bit different, this could be the one.
Yes instead of staying in a boring old building in the centre of Porto, why not stay on a private yacht in the marina instead?!
Accommodating up to 3 people across a sofa bed and double bed, the yacht also boasts a kitchen space, a bathroom, fans throughout and comforts including a TV, wifi and workspace.
Start your day by sipping espresso on the deck, before heading 10 minutes in either direction to reach either the coast or the city centre.
Goncalo, the host, gets rave reviews and will certainly provide you with a Porto experience you won’t forget!
When to Visit Porto?
No question in my mind that the best time to visit Porto is during the months of April through June, plus September and October.
This is when the warm weather will allow you to take full advantage of the city’s charm, but won’t have you wilting in the summer heat.
I’ve visited Porto across all these recommended months and found the climate ideal for sightseeing as well as hitting the nearby beach!
That being said, you will find Porto has something of a micro-climate, as sea fog can often roll in the morning!
Don’t despair however, in the warmer months the sun usually burns it off by late morning.
How to Travel to Porto?
If you’re coming from an international destination, particularly one further away, it’s likely you’ll be flying into Porto care of the city’s international airport.
As always, I suggest Skyscanner for bagging the best flight deals.
Otherwise, you can also use buses or trains to travel to Porto from elsewhere in Portugal, such as Lisbon, or neighbouring European countries, such as Spain.
Coach or rail travel may prove more cost-effective for getting to Porto if you’re already nearby and will certainly be better for your carbon footprint.
I highly recommend Omio for booking train and bus journeys to Porto, as they make it easy, quick and simple to compare hundreds of rail and coach journeys to the city from across the Iberian region.
Learn more about how to travel from Lisbon to Porto in this article I wrote, which gives you all the info you need.
How to Get Around Porto?
A small city, the centre of Porto is easy to walk around – except for the huge amount of hills that will certainly give your calves and cardio system a good workout!
4 tram lines in Porto can also be used if you’re feeling a bit lazy!
5 Packing Essentials for Porto
- UV sunglasses
- Supportive shoes for walking
- Natural 30 SPF sunscreen
- Good insect repellent
- Sony A6400 camera
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Where To Travel After Porto?
If you still have time for more travelling after Porto (and lucky you if so!), then you may want to head to other parts of Portugal or Spain.
Check out these articles for some inspiration…
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So there you have it folks, my list of the 10 best Airbnbs in Porto.
I hope I’ve been inspired to visit this city for at least one overnight stay -although I really think it deserves 2 or 3.
And tell me, do you have a fave Porto Airbnb that didn’t make the list?
If so, I’d love to hear about it, so please drop your recs into the comments below…