Made for alternative travelers to Barcelona, Valencia, Lisbon, Rome or maybe Paris. The list of the best rated and affordable youth hostels from across southern Europe you should book if you’re planning to stay in one of the following cities:


Sometimes European summers can really get messy. They really can. If you’re living in the southern part of Europe then you surely know what I’m talking about. 40 degrees and up, especially while you’re camping on a festival – is a kind of f-word scenario not just cause you’ll wake up every morning with sunrise (as soon as the sun appears on the horizon, temperatures immediately go through the roof), but also cause of all the dirt mixed with high temperatures just might result with some sh**ty sun allergies that will really spoil the fun.

What a cheerful little story…

So, as you may guess, I’m one of these lucky guys who always catch these weird things, and as they progress on the bad side pretty quickly, you’re pretty much forced to make a decision: should you stay for a couple of more days in the wild, in the hot tent, under the 40 degrees sun (Celsius, of course), or should you look for some hostels for the recovery so that you can continue with all the fun stuff that backpacking a European coastline offers?

This is where youth hostels jump in.

Being an indie traveler usually means a couple of things:

  • You’re not into luxury while traveling, cause you always try to get the most for the amount of money you have (your daily budget)
  • You’ll most likely always choose places where you’ll meet lots of other backpackers and indie travelers to share experiences and tips with.

So, yes, I went early from the festival camp, booked a bed in the hostel dorm right next to the beach (which is the best case scenario) and met really interesting and awesome people.

Claire – a French girl who after college decided to travel across Europe by bike, for example.

She took a plane to Berlin, bought a bike and went on an adventure by cycling through Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey… We stayed in the same dorm for three nights, and it’s not just we instantly clicked cause of our shared passion for adventure, but we stayed in touch after that as I was a sort of her online support for suggesting places, festivals and things to see and experience while she was on the road…

This weird article continues with the best youth hostels in Europe for backpackers: 


Alternative Creative Youth Hostel Barcelona – 183 m from Plaza Catalunya

Review: “Stuff was so nice and very helpful. It also makes you feel better if you were travelling alone especially. Internet speed was awesome and didn’t have any problem by connecting from rooms. Perfect location to stay in barcelona, 5-6 minutes walk to La Rambla, 10 minutes to arc de triomph, 20 minutes to port etc. so central place. 3 minutes to Catalunya and Universtad subway stations. Aerobus stops are also so close, so reaching the airport is also easy. Hostel was so clean, You feel so safe, they are really checking people who gets in. Every time you have to make believe them you are not a stranger. They have perfect recommendations also. Nice lounge room with alternative music. I just stayed in this hostel twice and i am definitely coming back here.”

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Urban Youth Hostel – 18 minutes walk from the beach

Review: “Close to the beach. Not far from the center even if you walk. The hostel is colorfully designed, it looks great. The staff is polite and helpful. The key to the door of the room and the locker is a sort of bracelet, it is automatic and it is impossible that anything happens to your belongings. Every bed has its curtain, so you have your privacy although you’re sharing the room with strangers. Very modern and cozy place!”

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Chameleon Youth Hostel Athens – conveniently located in the heart of Athens

Review: “Best location, very nice personal, tea & coffee free at all times, complete kitchen where you can really cook (not like most hostels in Athens where you can only make coffee and tea). I ‘ve been 2 weeks in Athens in 5 different hostels, this one was the best one…”

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Be Lisbon – located in Lisbon’s city center, between Saldanha and Almirante Reis Avenue

Review: “Curtains to cover your bed gives you extra privacy! Everything is clean, shower is great and with warm water, staff is super friendly and the breakfast is amazing!!!”

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Youth Station Hostel – 120 m from Bologna Metro

Review: “The rooms were comfy and the staff very helpful. The hostel is very easy to find, right next to the subway. Grocery store is right next door for food and there is a late night off license very nearby as well.The hostel has a well equipped kitchen. The communal area is very sociable and I met lots of people looking to see the sights and party.”

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Young and Happy Hostel & Budget Hotel – located in the Latin Quarter of Paris

Review: “Great hostel and lovely atmosphere! I traveled alone for the first time and I chose the hostel for the experience! The staff was amazing and very helpful! I stayed in a dorm and it wasn’t as noisy as I thought it will be but very relaxing! The breakfast was one of the things I’ll really miss, fresh Parisian croissants! However, I think the best thing about this hostel is the location: one of the most beautiful Parisian streets with lots of people, shops near the hostel!”

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Hostel Bongo – located in Belgrade’s city center

Review: “Everything was perfect, it’s like the best hostel I’ve ever stayed during my Balkan trip. The location was perfectly in the center so it was close to everywhere, comfortable room and bed with secured locker, the feels-like-home communal room with beautiful interior design, free coffee and tea and they also provide milk, nice kitchen, clean toilet and shower, and wonderful staff. I think the owner has best investment by having such those greats staffs who treated the hostel like their own house, so no wonder the hostel became so comfortable and clean and nice.”

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Mali Mrak – located in Zagreb, 2.9 km from Technical Museum in Zagreb

Review: “I don’t think I’ve ever stayed anywhere with such passionate staff, they were so awesome with sharing their knowledge of Zagreb and giving recommendations. Really cool, quirky hostel, it’s a converted house but there are bathrooms on every floor, computers to use, lots of shared space. Everything is extremely clean and while not ‘fancy’ it is very homely and the artwork everywhere is a cool touch.”

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Featured photo: © Mali Mrak Zagreb