This last week I’ve been staying at Tilia hostel in Faro and it’s been a blast! Although the weather hasn’t been that sunny and a lot of restaurants and bars are closed, it’s still worth visiting portugal in winter!
Traditional Portuguese Decor
One of my favourite things about Tilia hostel is the Portuguese style decor. All of the floors are covered in beautiful Portuguese tiles!
Tilia hostel is well located in Faro. It’s walkable from the airport bus and the city centre attractions and bone chapel are all a short 5-10 minute walk. As faro is not that large, everywhere is accessible by foot. The location of Tilia is perfect because it’s not right in the middle of the noisy bars, but close enough to walk for eating out and drinking.
The rooms are comfortable and clean. You can choose from a variety of dorms as well as private rooms. Each of the dorm beds have a charge point, locker and light.
Towels are available for a small deposit and you can buy why you need in the way of drinks and extra toiletries from reception. Hand wash is readily available.
Kitchen and Other Facilities
There is a very well stocked kitchen in case you want to do a bit of cooking. There are two large fridges and plenty of shelves for storage. Just remember to label your food with your name, room and date of leaving.
I found Tilia hostel to be very sociable. The staff are extremely friendly and made me feel very welcome as a solo traveller. There is a communal area with a TV and tables for eating and working on your laptop. On Fridays they do a Portuguese meal plus sangria for just €5. They also have caipirinha nights on Saturdays and Gluwein on Sundays in December for the run up to Christmas.
Tips for your stay in Faro
As faro is quite small you only really need 2 or 3 days there to see everything. But if you do what I did and use it as a base to explore the Eastern algarve then you will want to stay longer! I did day trips to Tavira and Vila Real de Santo Antonio.
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