It is apparent that at one point, Lagos was the center of European trade.  Hence its name, which stems from the same name as a city in Portugal, Lagos. A city which was also at its prime, a major maritime hub for seafaring activity on the Atlantic Ocean. 

It offers a perfect backpacking experience if you are looking to relax and enjoy mingling to good music and beach vibes. Victoria Island is the city’s financial center, hosts boutiques, and beach resorts as well as nightlife. Like any island, it typically boasts of a series of beaches and amazing surfing spots, but it also leads you to North Island where the National Museum Lagos is located.

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History is a thing of the past and in this time, Lagos is about happy summer vibes. Go backpacking and visit any one of the following and see for yourself. The seafood is great too, apparently! Check out our review of the 7 best backpacking hostels in Lagos.

Rising Cock Party Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.3) Booking.com (*8.6) 

Map Starts at ($25) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

With a name like that, one can only expect things to get a little carried away in the name of fun! Not really at this party hostel!! For an ultimate yet simple party backpacking experience, visit this hostel. The surprisingly intimate family atmosphere is welcome, along with their free wifi!! 

The Rising Cock Party Hostel is situated in the middle of the old historical district.

Activities include a free pub crawl, an outdoor terrace, chilling in a very comfortable lounge and a lemon tree said to cure all kinds of hangovers!!

Special review: “Cool place and very kind staff, the best hostel we stayed during our trip to Portugal!! Praise the rising cock!! (A special thanks to “mama” for her delicious breakfast!!

Olive Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.6) Booking.com (*9.4) 

Map Starts at ($20) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

  • Central location
  • Clean and comfortable
  • Remodeled old building

The Olive Hostel is a walk away from amenities and entertainment, offering double rooms, female dorms with four beds and an 8er mixed dorm.  Its well-equipped kitchen has free fruit and condiments and is attached to a lounge.

Once you’ve had enough of the indoors, step up and enjoy the hostel’s rooftop terrace with beautiful views of the Monchique Mountain. Sip on a drink prepared on the rooftop bar if you dare.

The common entertainment room at the Olive Hostel has live instruments if you love to play. Or play another game from the range they offer. There are also books if that is more of your world.

Breakfast is not included.

Payment is accepted in cash and upon arrival.

Hostelworld review“Lovely place!! Beautiful artsy touches on the walls, very friendly staff and great location xoxo”

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Bura Surfhouse

HostelWorld (*8.9) Map

Starts at ($20) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

  • Walking distance to town and beaches
  • Open Plan layout brings insufficient natural light
  • Outdoor shower

The Bura Surfhouse may be in a quiet location but it is not away from important facilities like the supermarket. This backpacker resort can organize surfing lessons, surf trips, yoga lessons, kayaking, wine tasting and more! 

The reception is open for 24 hours. There is a swimming pool with a poolside bar and you get towels and luggage storage. There is also free breakfast.

Do not be afraid to bring a book or two you have already read, because they have a book exchange.

Lest we forget it to be the fun hostel it is; Bura Surfhouse offers welcome drinks upon arrival. Free tea and coffee, as well as outdoor seating. 

If you were planning to make use of a kitchen in your travels, theirs is fully stocked with spices and condiments included. But if you would rather just sit back when it comes to meal preparations, then the inhouse chef has you covered with tasty and affordable treats.

The wrap-around balcony allows to enjoy the summer sun and it’s great that there is wifi all around the building. 

You can ask reception for a map, or visit their rooftop terrace and navigate the town with your own two eyes. Bura Surfhouse also offers a laundry service.

There is an 18 yrs+ policy. 

There’s also a dog on the premises so if you have a phobia or an allergy, be warned.

Review from Hostelworld “ We really recommend, good vibes, good people and really amazing place to hangout, thank you for the great service ☺”

Sol A Sol Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.5) Booking.com (*7.4) 

Map Starts at ($25) for 4 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

  • Friendly knowledgeable staff
  • Free luggage storage
  • Hostel Dinners
  • BBQs on the rooftop and the Benagil caves tours

Two free internet stations are on offer as well as lockers for each guest. There is a terrace on the rooftop with a 360-degree view of the city and the sea. At the 24hr reception, you are welcome to ask for a map too.

Activities include surf tours, Paintball, Boat trips, Nights out in Lagos and a Lagos walking day tour.

A few reviews from Hostelworld:

  • “ Really nice place had a great time. The staff s amazing.”
  • “Great hotel and central location. Fully recommend, I’ll be back.”

Camone Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.5) Booking.com (*9.3) 

Map Starts at ($28) for 6 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

  • Lagos central
  • 24hrs reception
  • All forms of payment acceptable

Only a walk away from restaurants, bars, the marina, banks, and supermarkets! Enjoy great views on Camone’s rooftop terrace while doing yoga or pilates or watersports for that matter.  

Just to list a few of the activities you have from this hostel, here goes: Bike or car rentals, day boat trips, grotto trips, horse riding, wine tasting and more!!

The accommodation you can find is of mixed dorms, 3 female dorms with 5/6 beds and 28 single beds. They also have linen, towels and individual lockers.

Let’s not forget the included continental breakfast. The common room has a kitchen which is fully stocked with all the cooking utensils you need.

Age limit is older than 18yrs and younger than 50yrs.

A 24-hour reception is only from the 21 June – 22 September.

Hostelworld review, “ Beautiful facilities with a beach theme really put you in the vacation mood! Great location in the center of town, but quiet and relaxed vibes. Helped us book our daily activities too. Great place to stay!”

The 17 Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.8) Booking.com (*9.0) 

Map Starts at ($18) for 8 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

  • Central location
  • Free wifi
  • Terrace with views

The 17 Hostel is very close to the Science Centre and the Dona Ana beach. The rooms are fitted with flat-screen TV’s and there are a few common areas especially for mingling and socializing! And they also hire bikes.

Late check-ins are charged!

A fellow traveler had this to say about the hostel, in a Hostelworld review, “ I had the best time, great atmosphere, Tommy is lovely and super helpful just makes the whole experience so much better! Would recommend for sure!”

Hi lagos – Pousada de Juventude

HostelWorld (*7.3) Booking.com (*7.8) 

Map Starts at ($15) for 4 bed-dorm

**Prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (October)

  • Free breakfast
  • Free wifi
  • Central location

Only a walk away from beaches, cliffs and rock formations!! The reception is open 24hrs a day. Explore the old towns via the Portuguese navigation History.

A Hostelling International Member Card is required.

Closed from 11 December to 17 January.

Hostelworld review,” This hostel has some of the nicest staff I’ve ever met, and the location is great. Ricardo the front desk manager was so kind and helpful. He directed me to a beautiful burger spot the night I got in and was just generally great to talk to. Lizette does maintenance and breakfast and is sweet and funny. They have a terrace with hammocks where you can BYOB. What else do you need?”

The city of Lagos is idyllic for backpacking, what with all its picturesque beaches in the Portuguese town of Lagos. A great party in summer and can be where you base all your operations of visiting surrounding towns. It helps to know that it is ranked as one of the top 15 cities on the rise, in the world!

Few places you should not miss:

  • Visit the Lekki market just around the corner and enjoy the local arts and crafts, with private galleries across the city. 
  • Not forgetting Freedom Park; a pre-colonial era prison which was turned into a present-day concert and public events venue. 
  • In the center of the north of Lagos, is where you will find the Kalakuta Museum. It celebrates the life of a man whom many consider a legend, Fela Kuti.
  • In the west is a city called Badagry Town, showcasing a museum which tells historical stories about the old slave port.

All in all, it is always great to check out the various opinions of various travelers that have already been to your next destination. This way you will be well-informed and have every opportunity to get a viewpoint that is honest and that comes from someone not wanting to sell a point or make a quick buck. Hopefully, this review above has given you a comprehensive overview of Lagos and the various hostels available when traversing your way through Nigeria.