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Surf Hostel on the Hill in Algarve, Portugal

Hostel on the Hill, Hortas do Tabual, 8650-281 Raposeira, Vila do Bispo, Portugal

Portugal Surf Accommodation

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Instruction in English

Welcome to the Hostel on the Hill! The perfect place for surfers, hikers, nature lovers, bikers, and everyone who likes to enjoy the beauty of the Southwest Algarve with it´s impressive beaches that are just around the corner. The hostel is located in the traditional portuguese village of Hortas do Tabual, right in the Natural Park of the Costa Vicentina!

Highlights

  • Praia do Zavial surf spot nearby
  • Surf equipment and gear rental available on location and nearby
  • Rooms with an awesome view of the beautiful nature
  • Plenty of places to chill around the hostel
  • Surf equipment repair shop nearby
  • Various activities to do and try

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:30

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

The hostel offers spacious rooms, a communal kitchen to prepare your own meals, a big seating area inside, and plenty of terraces outside to chill in the sun and enjoy the view. They also have a big garden with hammocks and a barbecue area. You can add breakfast to your stay or book one of the many activities that are offered nearby like surf courses, diving, SUP tours, kayak tours, dolphin watching, bike tours, and a lot more.

Facilities and amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Linen and towels included
  • Fully equipped communal kitchen
  • Communal areas inside and outside
  • Big garden with a barbecue area
  • Outdoor shower
  • Book exchange
  • Games
  • Tour desk
  • Souvenir shop
  • Pet-friendly (on request, in private rooms)
  • No curfew

Facilities and amenities (With extra fees)

  • Drinks, coffee, tea, snacks
  • Breakfast menu
  • Communal dinners on request
  • Laundry service
  • Transfers (e.g. airport pick up,...)
  • Bike rental
  • Surfboard and wetsuit rental
  • Beach towels and umbrellas

Vento (Double Room)

This private room is located on the first floor of the house. It has a queen size bed and a cupboard. The shared bathroom is just on the other side of the corridor.

Areia (Twin Room)

This room is located on the ground floor of the Hostel. It has a private terrace, two single beds, a big closet, and a shared bathroom on the same level.

Sol (8-bed dormitory)

The eight-bed dorm has four single beds and two bunk beds. It is located on the top floor of the house and has a private terrace with the most beautiful view of the village "Hortas do Tabual" and the hills around. The shared bathroom is just next door.

Mar (10-bed dormitory)

The apartment dormitory has space for 10 persons in five bunk beds. It has a private entrance, a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and a big terrace.

Location

The Hostel on the Hill is located in the traditional village of Hortas do Tabual, between the national road N125 and Zavial beach, right in the Natural Park of the Costa Vicentina. Plenty of beaches are just around the corner, like the famous surfer beach Zavial, Ingrina, and the Hippie Beach Barranco; to the beaches of Sagres and Vila do Bispo, you will drive about 15 minutes.

The area around the hostel is perfect for hiking and mountain biking. A well-signed mountain bike trail and the long-distance hiking trail Via Algarviana, both pass the house. Rota Vicentina, also a long-distance hiking trail is about two kilometers away.

Sagres and the Cabo de Sao Vicente, the former end of the world, are only 10 kilometers away. To Lagos, with its awesome restaurants, bars, and crazy nightlife, it's 20 kilometers. Several buses a day are running between Lagos and Sagres or you can use the hostel's transport services for an extra fee.

Distances

  • Cabo de Sao Vicente, 10 kilometers
  • Hippie Beach Barranco, 3.2 kilometers
  • Ingrina, 2.8 kilometers
  • Lagos, 20 kilometers
  • Rota Vicentina, 2 kilometers
  • Sagres - 15 minutes, 10 kilometers
  • Vila do Bispo - 15 minutes
  • Zavial, 2.5 kilometers
  • Big supermarkets in Vila do Bispo, 3.5 kilometers
  • Big supermarkets in Budens, 5 kilometers
  • Beach Restaurants in Ingrina, 2.8 kilometers
  • Beach Restaurants in Zavial, 2.5 kilometers
  • Minimercado in Hortas do Tabual, 200 meters
  • Pizza and traditional Portuguese Cuisine in Raposeira, 2.5 kilometers
  • Several Restaurants in Sagres, 10 kilometers
  • Several Restaurants in Vila do Bispo, 3.5 kilometers
  • Small supermarket in Raposeira, 2.5 kilometers

Surf conditions

Surf spot:

 Algarve

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Features

Activities

  • Shopping

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library

Food

Hostel on the Hill Algarve offers breakfast from a menu from 2.5 EUR, all with coffee or tea and juice included. Some options in the menu are:

  • A doce vida - Bread, butter, and jam: 2.5 EUR
  • The Portuguese breakfast hammer - Tosta Mista (cheese and ham): 3 EUR
  • The power cutback - Bread, butter, two eggs (scrambled or fried): 3.5 EUR
  • Hippie in a bowl - Cereal and fruit with milk or yoghurt: 4.5 EUR
  • The bis wave surfer: Bread, butter, jam, cheese, ham, fruit, one egg (scrambled or fried): 6 EUR

Tostas are always available for the guests if they wish.

Things to do (optional)

The hostel can set you up with a lot of tour operators nearby that offer all kinds of awesome activities. You can book:

  • Surf Courses
  • SUP-Tours
  • Bike Tours
  • Diving
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Kayak Tours
  • Climbing

For an extra fee, the hostel can organize the transport for you, please send Hostel on the Hill an inquiry for more details and prices!

What's included

  • Accommodation of your choice
  • Access to the hostel's facilities and amenities
  • Bus station transfers

What's not included

  • All meals
  • Airport transfers
  • Surf lessons

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by train or bus from Faro

Take a train (www.cp.pt, about 13 trains/day) or a bus (www.eva-bus.com) from Faro to Lagos. Take the bus from Lagos to the direction of Sagres (www.eva-bus.com) and get off in Raposeira. Follow the signs to Hortas do Tabual and Zavial beach at the crossing with the traffic lights in Raposeira. You will pass Hortas do Tabual after 2.5 kilometers. Take the first road to the left after you entered the village, pass a big farmhouse, and follow the road down the hill. At the T-crossing, you will see buildings. The first house on your right-hand side is the Hostel on the Hill.

Arrival by train or bus from Lisbon:

Take a bus (www.rede-expressos.pt) or a train (www.cp.pt) from Lisbon to Lagos and switch in Lagos to a bus going to the direction of Sagres. Get off in Raposeira. Follow the signs to Hortas do Tabual and Zavial beach at the crossing with the traffic lights in Raposeira. You will pass Hortas do Tabual after 2.5 kilometers. Take the first road to the left after you entered the village, pass a big farmhouse, and follow the road down the hill. At the T-crossing, you will see buildings. The first house on your right-hand side is the Hostel on the Hill.

Arrival by bus from Sagres or Lagos

There are about 15 buses a day running between Sagres and Lagos (www.eva-bus.com). Just take one of those and get off in Raposeira. Follow the signs to Hortas do Tabual and Zavial beach at the crossing with the traffic lights in Raposeira. You will pass Hortas do Tabual after 2.5 kilometers. Take the first road to the left after you entered the village, pass a big farmhouse, and follow the road down the hill. At the T-crossing, you will see buildings. The first house on your right-hand side is the Hostel on the Hill.

Arrival by shuttle

Hostel on the Hill offers free pick-ups from the bus stop in Raposeira upon request. Please let the hostel know your arrival time; for more information please send Hostel on the Hill an inquiry.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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Season information
Low Season
  • March - June
  • October
High Season
  • July
  • September
Peak Season
  • August
Minimum stay

Please note that during High Season, a minimum stay of two nights is required and during the Peak Season, a minimum stay of three nights is required for Vento and Areia. For Sol and Mar, there is a two-night minimum stay during the Peak Season.

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