Somehow this Northern Portuguese city has become home to dozens of fantastic hostels, better than most I’ve stayed at elsewhere throughout Europe. You are pretty safe with nearly every one, but Gallery Hostel is my pick because it’s much more than a hostel. It’s your home away from home in Porto. Once you wander the cobblestone streets up from the train station, the hostel is on an unassuming street, but once you enter to the glass floor overlooking the building's 1900s foundation, the staff will check you in and show you around. The hostel boasts a bar, living room, courtyard and tanning deck. The rooms are ensuite and have clean bathrooms and comfy beds. Every day at 3 pm it’s siesta time, as everyone in my room took a nap with the window open to let the ocean breeze in. What makes Gallery Hostel more special than any other is their nightly events, from $10 all-you-can-eat dinners to port tastings to free walking tours.