Top Summer Hostels to Enjoy Europe’s Hottest Destinations

| July 1, 2011

What’s top of your summer holiday list? Somewhere with a pool? Somewhere close to the beach? Or somewhere with sea view where you can enjoy a drink at sunset? Well, if you want all this without leaving a hole in your pocket, take a look at some of these places which promise budget fun in the sun. All 4 destinations are featured in the HostelBookers Summer Sale, so grab yourself bargain European getaway this summer.


A good opportunity to combine city and beach break on your summer holiday, Lisbon can provide culture, nightlife and sunbathing rolled in to one. The nearby beaches fly the European Blue Flag for excellence and are popular with locals and tourists alike. At Guincho, why not try your hand at surfing, which fantastically wild beach and jut a 25-minute train ride from Lisbon. The shadowy and historic areas of Alfama and the Barrio Alto offer tile-clad buildings and orange tree dotted plazas, great places for keeping cool when exploring the city. Take tram 28 for a 40-minute city tour and lean out the window of this antiquated machine to feel the wind in your hair. Nightlife gets off to a late start around 11pm and crowds spill pleasingly onto the streets.

Beria Mar

Just a few roads back from the shoreline, most rooms at Beria Mar hostel offer views across the Tagus river. The interior is bright and colourful and the surrounding area of Alfama is Lisbon’s historic quarter. They offer a free breakfast, lounge and games room. 


Drink in the glorious sunsets and wonder at ancient civilisations gone by, Santorini is a place of breathtaking beauty and an idyllic summer retreat. And of course, a glass of local white Assurtiko wine in hand makes it all the more glorious from the terrace of a Greek taverna. You can still get your cultural injection at the Art Space near Exogonia and the archaeological museum in Fira makes a pleasant morning. Arrive by slow ferry to make the most of the boat ride.


Ideally located for exploring the island, Caveland offers cooling air-conditioned shared and private rooms carved straight out of the rock. Although it is 1 mile from the coast, staff offer a transfer to and from the best black-sand beach and the vista from the terrace is magnificent. Here you will be staying in traditional and charming accommodation compared to the high-rise blocks beside the beach, but they organise bar crawls and trips in to town as well as a ride home at the end of the night. There is a swimming pool, yoga classes and a tennis court nearby.


Located on one of Europe’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, Split is a beach-lovers haven. The magnificent Diocletian Palace positively glows and there are charming sun-drenched wine bars around every corner. It’s a popular setting off point for the heavenly archipelago but Split deserves at least a few nights. Alternatively, make Split your base for day trips of island hopping to Brac or Bol.

Al’s Place Hostel

Just a few streets from the Diocletian Palace, guests are also a short 15 minute walk from Bacivice beach, although to escape the crowds, the owner can suggest walking an extra 5 minutes. The ferry terminal is also just 10 minutes on foot and very handy for day trips to the islands. There are self-catering facilities and guests congregate in the kitchen before hitting the local bars.


For indecisive folk who fancy both beach and city break, Barcelona is a happy compromise. Barceloneta is the popular city beach within walking distance of the Gothic quarter. Alternatively, stay around Poble Nou for local restaurants, easy access to the beach and a short metro ride from the city centre. This way you get the best of both worlds with cultural attractions, seductive Barcelona nightlife as well as soaking up some sunshine. You might also like to consider a day trip along the coast to Sitges, with a bustling gay community as well as a pretty beach.

Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel

If you are considering summer in the city, top of your list should be air-conditioning or some outdoor space. With both air-conditioned shared and private rooms, the boutique Casa Gracia Barcelona Hostel not only delivers on gorgeous design, it has a charming tiled terrace too. It’s a perfect spot to start your night on the town so pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy at dusk or join other guests for paella on Mondays.

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