A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Albufeira vs. Asilah for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Albufeira or Asilah?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Albufeira or Asilah? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Albufeira or Asilah?


Located in the Algarve region in the south of Portugal, Albufeira was once a small fishing village which has since evolved into a popular destination for tourists attracted by the area's beaches, pleasant climate, and fresh seafood.


Spend your summers like the rich and famous with a trip to Asilah, Morocco. With pristine, white buildings and wrought-iron windows, this gorgeous city still holds the traditions from a time when it was under Spanish rule. The town remains rather quiet for most of the year, with a population surge in the summer months. Beaches are packed and there are tourists as far as the eye can see. If you're not a fan of crowds, consider visiting in the spring or fall when the weather is nice, but the tourists are gone.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours in Portugal, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Portugal, The Best Cultural Tours in Morocco, and The Best Budget Tours to Morocco.

Which place is cheaper, Asilah or Albufeira?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Albufeira is €148, while the average daily cost in Asilah is €60. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Albufeira and Asilah in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 74
    Asilah 26
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 148
    Asilah 52
Compare Hotels in Albufeira and Asilah

Looking for a hotel in Albufeira or Asilah? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Albufeira

Hotels in Asilah

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Albufeira Hotel Prices and Asilah Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 34
    Asilah 14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Private transfer from Albufeira to Lisbon with 2 hours sightseeing: $287
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo António - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $166
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $153
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo António - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $141
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $141
  • Private Transfer from Vila Real de Santo António to Faro (FAO) Airport: $134
  • Transfer Silves - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Transfer Alcantarilha - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Transfer Albufeira - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $90
  • Faro Airport (Algarve) Departure Transfer (Vilamoura Hotels to Faro Airport): $89
  • Private Transfer from Hotel to Faro Airport: $88
  • Private Transfer from Pera to Faro (FAO) Airport: $83

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Asilah

Also for Asilah, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Tangier: Private Transfer to Asilah: $73

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Asilah?

Prices for flights to both Asilah and Albufeira change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Albufeira 48
    Asilah 22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Albufeira

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Albufeira.

  • Dinner at the Vineyards in Lagoa: $61
  • Sunset Safari with Traditional Dinner : $66
  • 6-Hour Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Albufeira: $75
  • Half-Day-Orange Picking &Jam Cooking/Lunch with the Orange Farmer: $110

Typical Food Prices in Asilah

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Asilah:

  • Cookies
  • Breakfast for Two
  • Tagine Dinner for 2

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 39
    Asilah 20

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

Here are a few actual costs in Albufeira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Full Day Private Tour in Silves and Coast Gems: $193
  • Safari Experience with Traditional Tapas: $77
  • 3 Hour Benagil Sunset and Coastline Boat Tour in Albufeira: $36
  • 4 Hour Cruise along the Algarve Coastline: $94
  • 70 Minutes Guided Old Ruins Walking Tour in Albufeira: $22
  • Albufeira (FULL DAY) Jeep Safari Tour : $75
  • Albufeira 1.5-Hour Off-road Quad Tour: $44
  • Albufeira 2 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $50
  • Albufeira 2 hour Off-Road Tour Quad Adventure Tour: $36
  • Albufeira 3-Hour Off-Road Quad Tour: $75
  • Albufeira 3.5 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $66
  • Albufeira 6-Hour Off-Road Quad Tour: $204

Tours and Activities in Asilah

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Asilah.

  • Morocco and Blue Cities: 3 Day Tour from Málaga: $324

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 26
    Asilah 6.41

Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira

Also in Albufeira, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Porches Algarve Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Experience: $54
  • Wine Tasting Tour in Algarve Winery : $59
  • Half Day Safari Tour with Wine Tasting: $59
  • Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Tapas: $64
  • Small-Group Wine Tour & Silves Exploration (from Albufeira): $68
  • Wine Tour and Tasting - Semi-Private from Albufeira: $72
  • Albufeira Coast Tour w/ Wine tasting & Chicken lunch: $75
  • Lagos and Ponta Da Piedade Private Tour & Algarvian Wine Tasting: $108

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Albufeira and Asilah, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Asilah much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Albufeira is in Europe and Asilah is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Asilah would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Asilah and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Albufeira would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Albufeira than you might in Asilah.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Albufeira Expensive? and Is Asilah Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Albufeira or Asilah?

Asilah has a larger population, and is about 82% larger than the population of Albufeira. When comparing the sizes of Albufeira and Asilah, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.

When is the best time to visit Albufeira or Asilah?

Albufeira has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Asilah experiences a warm climate with fairly sunny weather most of the year.

Should I visit Albufeira or Asilah in the Summer?

Both Asilah and Albufeira during the summer are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Albufeira in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences. Warm weather and sunshine bring visitors to Asilah year-round.

In the summer, Albufeira is around the same temperature as Asilah. Typically, the summer temperatures in Albufeira in July average around 25°C (78°F), and Asilah averages at about 24°C (74°F).

Albufeira usually gets less rain in July than Asilah. Albufeira gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Asilah receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Albufeira 25°C (78°F) 
    Asilah 24°C (74°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Asilah in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Albufeira and Asilah. Most visitors come to Albufeira for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months. Asilah attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

In October, Albufeira is generally around the same temperature as Asilah. Daily temperatures in Albufeira average around 19°C (67°F), and Asilah fluctuates around 20°C (68°F).

In October, Albufeira usually receives around the same amount of rain as Asilah. Albufeira gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Asilah receives 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Albufeira 19°C (67°F) 
    Asilah 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Asilah in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Albufeira as well as Asilah. The winter months attract visitors to Albufeira because of the shopping scene and the cuisine. The warm climate attracts visitors to Asilah throughout the year.

Albufeira is cooler than Asilah in the winter. The daily temperature in Albufeira averages around 11°C (52°F) in January, and Asilah fluctuates around 13°C (55°F).

It's quite rainy in Asilah. Albufeira usually gets less rain in January than Asilah. Albufeira gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Asilah receives 104 mm (4.1 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Albufeira 11°C (52°F) 
    Asilah 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Asilah in the Spring?

Both Asilah and Albufeira are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty are the main draw to Albufeira this time of year. Plenty of visitors come to Asilah because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

In the spring, Albufeira is around the same temperature as Asilah. Typically, the spring temperatures in Albufeira in April average around 15°C (60°F), and Asilah averages at about 15°C (60°F).

In April, Albufeira usually receives less rain than Asilah. Albufeira gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Asilah receives 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Albufeira 15°C (60°F) 
    Asilah 15°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Asilah and Albufeira

Albufeira Asilah
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 13°C (56°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 15°C (60°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 37 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 21°C (69°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 24°C (74°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 24°C (75°F) 3 mm (0.1 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 13°C (56°F) 129 mm (5.1 in)