“See Lisbon or Die,” it read on the wall of our hostel. After a lovely experience at Oasis Backpackers Palace Seville, we decided to stay at Oasis Backpackers Lisbon. A smaller, yet cozier hostel in a restored 100 year old Portuguese mansion, Oasis Backpackers Lisbon was perfect for our needs. Located in the heart of the city, near the famous “Bairro Alto,” this hostel was ideal.
Oasis Backpackers Lisbon offers a variety of accommodation ranging from double rooms to twelve-bed dorm rooms. Unlike Oasis Backpackers Palace, about half of the rooms have a shared bathroom rather than en suite. The rooms are a bit tighter, but the hostel makes up for it in other ways.
Every night Oasis Backpackers Lisbon cooks and hosts a dinner for its guests for the more than reasonable price of nine euros. This is no crappy hostel dinner. This is a pure gourmet-style family dinner with far more food than possible to finish. The food is traditionally Portuguese, consisting of: bacalhau no forno, frango pri pri, chouriço, linguiça, alheira, and morcela. The chef personally comes out to describe each dish and the cooking process. It’s a fantastic way for the hostel to come together, hang out, and chat over delicious food.
With a big kitchen for cooking, outdoor patio for lounging, free high-speed WiFi, spacious common area, and long dining room table, Oasis Backpackers Lisbon has everything one might need for a comfortable night in. They have a bar with cheap specialty cocktails and extremely friendly bartenders, adding to the atmosphere. The music isn’t too loud for those trying to sleep either!
If you’re in decent shape and willing to get some exercise, you can walk to all of the important sites in Lisbon with the exception of Cristo Rei (a Christ statue similar to that in Rio de Janeiro).
One of the most iconic sites, Ponte 25 de Abril, is extremely reminiscent of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco! Take a look.
The popular Praça do Comércio is also within a short walking distance from Oasis Backpackers; this plaza sitting on the water is absolutely beautiful.
If you feel like taking a long morning stroll, you can walk to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, and the Jerónimos Monastery, before stopping at the well-known Pasteís de Belém for a tasty treat! If you're not up for the walk, there are many frequent busses leaving near Oasis Backpackers Lisbon.
Lisbon an extremely clean and easily navigable city. I love that the capital of Portugal is right on the water. It is a beautiful city steeped in history and it is most definitely worth spending a few days to take in all of the sites.