As the world becomes increasingly connected, travel has become an essential part of our lives. With its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, Portugal has emerged as a popular destination for tourists from around the globe. To cater to the growing influx of visitors, a unique lodging option has gained traction in Portugal – Alojamento Local (AL), or Local Accommodation. In this blog, we dive into the world of AL, its emergence, types of accommodations, licensing process, and key requirements.
What is Alojamento Local?
Alojamento Local refers to temporary lodging establishments in Portugal that provide accommodation services to tourists for a fee. These accommodations are distinct from traditional hotels and resorts as they don’t meet the requirements to be classified as tourist enterprises. Instead, AL establishments offer an alternative for travelers seeking affordable solutions while also offering property owners an avenue to monetize their spaces.
Types of Accommodations
- Villa:Spacious and often surrounded by lush landscapes, villas provide a serene and private experience for guests.
- Apartment: Ranging from cozy studios to spacious penthouses, apartments offer diverse options for solo travelers, couples, or families.
- Lodging Establishments: This category includes a range of lodgings such as guesthouses, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts, offering personalized experiences.
- Rooms: In some cases, property owners rent out individual rooms within their homes, providing guests with an intimate and local experience.
The Emergence of AL
With the surge in tourism activity in Portugal, particularly over the last couple of decades, Alojamento Local emerged as a response to the changing needs of travelers. Tourists seeking affordable accommodations found AL to be an attractive option, while property owners saw an opportunity to capitalize on their investments. Furthermore, AL contributed to revitalizing vacant properties and increasing the demand for real estate.
The legislation governing AL was introduced in March 2008, providing a legal framework for both property owners and tourists engaging in this form of accommodation. With the rise of platforms such as Airbnb, more and more tourists opt for an AL option instead of a hotel or hostel.
Obtaining an AL License
If you’re interested in becoming a part of Portugal’s Alojamento Local community, obtaining a license is a crucial step. You cannot rent out your local accommodation without this license. Here’s a simplified breakdown of the required documents needed to apply for an AL license:
- Active Business Registration: Ensure you have an active business registration with the tax authorities with the correct CAE number for Alojamento Local activity. If you do not have this yet, you will need to establish it.
- Accurate Caderneta Predial of your property: To apply for the license you need to present the caderneta predial of your property.
- AL License Application: Apply for the AL license and submit it to both the National Tourism Registry and the local municipality. This can be done in person or online.
- Liability Insurance: It’s necessary to have liability (‘seguro de responsabilidade civil’) insurance in place to protect both you and your guests. Did you know we wrote another blog about this insurance? Check it here.
Key Requirements for AL Establishments
To ensure the safety and comfort of guests, there are several key requirements that AL establishments must adhere to:
– Maintain proper functioning of facilities and equipment.
– Provide access to hot and cold water.
– Offer windows or balconies that open to the outside.
– Furnish accommodations with suitable furniture, equipment, and utensils.
– Implement a system to block out external light while maintaining proper ventilation.
– Install doors with security systems to ensure guest privacy.
– Include restrooms with privacy-enhancing features.
– Uphold high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.
– Make fire extinguishers and fire blankets easily accessible to guests.
– Have first aid equipment readily available for guests’ use.
– Clearly display the national emergency number (112) for guests to see.
LisBeyond: Your Partner in your AL Journey
Navigating the world of Alojamento Local can be overwhelming, especially for newcomers. That is where Lisbeyond comes in. With our expertise and experience in the field, we offer comprehensive assistance to both aspiring hosts and seasoned property owners. From understanding the legal frameworks, licensing process to ensuring that your establishment meets all the requirements, Lisbeyond is dedicated to making your AL journey seamless.
Whether you’re looking to start your own AL venture or enhance your existing one, Lisbeyond provides tailored solutions that align with your goals. With Lisbeyond by your side, you can confidently embrace the world of Alojamento Local and contribute to Portugal’s vibrant tourism landscape.
Alojamento Local in Portugal has brought a new dimension to the hospitality landscape, based on a study case, we can affirm that 4 out of 10 tourists in Portugal choose short-term rental. Alojamento Local offers a wide range of accommodations to cater to diverse traveler preferences.
Whether you are a tourist seeking an authentic and budget-friendly experience or a property owner looking to tap into the tourism market, AL presents a mutually beneficial opportunity. By adhering to the licensing requirements and maintaining high standards, AL establishments contribute to enhancing the overall travel experience in Portugal. So, whether you’re a guest or a potential host, Alojamento Local has something unique to offer in our enchanting European destination.
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