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

Should you visit Albufeira or Chefchaouen?

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

Should I visit Albufeira or Chefchaouen? 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 Chefchaouen?


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.


To feel like you've really stepped back in time to the glory days of Morocco, you're going to want to spend time in Chefchaouen. This town's beautiful medina is filled with white washed buildings with blue highlights. The wandering alleyways provide a fairy tale setting where you can relax for a few days. This mountainous region is a humble example of the classic picture of this area. Set against the backdrop of the Rif Mountains, the white and powder blue accented buildings and call to calls to prayer throughout the day let every visitor know they've arrived in a relaxing spot of peace and serenity.

Which place is cheaper, Chefchaouen 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 Chefchaouen is €53. 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 Chefchaouen in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 74
    Chefchaouen 22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 148
    Chefchaouen 44
Compare Hotels in Albufeira and Chefchaouen

Looking for a hotel in Albufeira or Chefchaouen? 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 Chefchaouen

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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 Chefchaouen Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 34
    Chefchaouen 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 From Albufeira Algarve To Lisboa: $220
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $166
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo António - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $166
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $153
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $153
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $141
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo António - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $141
  • Private Transfer from Vila Real de Santo António to Faro (FAO) Airport: $133
  • Transfer Alcantarilha - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Transfer Silves - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $94

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Chefchaouen

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Chefchaouen:

  • Taxi Ride

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Chefchaouen

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

  • One-Way Transfer from Tangier to Fez via chefchaouen : $299
  • Chefchaouen to Fes Private Transfer: $127
  • Chefchaouen to Fes Private Transfer - Luxury Car - or Fez to Chefchaouen: $176
  • Chefchaouen to Fes: Private Transfer (English Speaking Driver): $244
  • Chefchaouen to Tangier private transfer: $120
  • Chefchaouen to Tangier private transfer: $83
  • Chefchaouen to Tangier: Private Transfer (English Speaking Driver): $276
  • Chefchaouen to the city of Casablanca Private Transfer: $175
  • Fes: One-Way Transfer to Chefchaouen "The Blue City": $27
  • Fes: Transfer to Tangier via Chefchaouen: $186
  • From Fes:2-Day Transfers to Chefchaouen & back to Fez/Tanger: $76
  • One way transfer Chefchaouen to Fes or vice versa: $118

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Chefchaouen?

Prices for flights to both Chefchaouen 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
    Chefchaouen 16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Albufeira

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

  • A Portuguese Dinner and Cocktail Experience: $50
  • Dinner at the Vineyards in Lagoa: $61
  • Algarve Bike and Food Tour with Sea Food and Wine Tasting: $62
  • Sunset Safari with Traditional Dinner : $66
  • 6-Hour Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Albufeira: $75
  • Sunset Tour - Champagne and Traditional Dinner: $76
  • Half-Day-Orange Picking &Jam Cooking/Lunch with the Orange Farmer: $99

Typical Food Prices in Chefchaouen

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

  • Lunch for Two
  • Dinner for Two
  • Cupcake
  • Nutella and Yogurt

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Chefchaouen

For Chefchaouen, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Funny Family Cooking Class in Blue City: $28
  • Vegetarian food Cooking Class in Chefchaouen: $44
  • Cooking Class in Mountain From Chefchaouen: $44
  • Cooking class of the medditeranean diet: $47
  • 3-Hour Cooking Class overlooking the Blue City: $55
  • 4 hours Private Cooking Class With Family in Chefchaouen: $61
  • Chefchaouen Food Tour: $66
  • Chefchaouen Cooking Class : $66
  • Chefchaouen Food Tour: $68
  • Guided Food Tour with over 6 Tasting Stops: $69
  • Discovery more Chefchaouen evening food tour with locals: $71
  • Best Cooking Class in Chefchaouen: $72

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 39
    Chefchaouen 15

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
  • 3 Hour Cruise Experience from Vilamoura: $30
  • 4 Hour Cruise along the Algarve Coastline: $94
  • 70 Minutes Guided Old Ruins Walking Tour in Albufeira: $22
  • 70 Minutes Guided Secrets of Albufeira Walking Tour: $22
  • Adventure between friends - Private safari, from 1 to 6 PAX: $165
  • Albufeira (FULL DAY) Jeep Safari Tour : $75
  • Albufeira 1 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $33
  • Albufeira 1 hour Off-Road Tour Quad Adventure Tour: $19
  • Albufeira 1.5-Hour Off-road Quad Tour: $44

Tours and Activities in Chefchaouen

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

  • Tour by local guide : $17
  • Chefchaouen Tour with Aman: $20
  • Chefchaouen tour guide: $22
  • Best Experience Fes to Chefchaouen Day Tour multi languages: $24
  • Day Tour to Chefchaouen from Fes with Local Expert: $26
  • From Fez: Day Tour to the Blue Town of Chefchaouen: $27
  • Chefchaouen with Local Eyes Guided Walking Tour: $30
  • chefchaouen tours : $33
  • Private Tour In Chefchaouen and Its Nature: $33
  • 2 Hours Private Chefchaouen Walking Tour: $35
  • From Fez: Chefchaouen Guided Day Tour: $35
  • 3-Hour Private Legacy Tour in Chefchaouen: $35

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 26
    Chefchaouen 13

Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira

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

  • Sunset Wine Tasting With BBQ in Porches: $50
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting Experience in Porches (Algarve): $50
  • Porches Algarve Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Experience: $54
  • Wine Tasting Tour in Algarve Winery : $58
  • Half Day Safari Tour with Wine Tasting: $58
  • Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Tapas: $64
  • Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira: $66
  • Wine Tour and Tasting - Semi-Private from Albufeira: $72
  • Albufeira Coast Tour w/ Wine tasting & Chicken lunch: $75
  • Albufeira Tour: Wine Tasting and Chicken PiriPiri lunch: $76
  • full day Wine Tour from Albufeira: $94
  • Lagos and Ponta Da Piedade Private Tour & Algarvian Wine Tasting: $108

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Albufeira and Chefchaouen, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Chefchaouen much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Albufeira is in Europe and Chefchaouen 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 Chefchaouen would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Chefchaouen 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 Chefchaouen.

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

Which is Bigger, Albufeira or Chefchaouen?

Chefchaouen has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Albufeira. When comparing the sizes of Albufeira and Chefchaouen, 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 Chefchaouen?

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

Should I visit Albufeira or Chefchaouen in the Summer?

Both Chefchaouen 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 Chefchaouen year-round.

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

Albufeira usually gets around the same amount of rain in July as Chefchaouen. Albufeira gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Chefchaouen receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.

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

Should I visit Albufeira or Chefchaouen in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Albufeira and Chefchaouen. 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. Chefchaouen attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and sunny climate.

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

In October, Albufeira usually receives more rain than Chefchaouen. Albufeira gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Chefchaouen receives 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

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

Should I visit Albufeira or Chefchaouen in the Winter?

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

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

It's quite rainy in Chefchaouen. Albufeira usually gets less rain in January than Chefchaouen. Albufeira gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Chefchaouen receives 127 mm (5 in) of rain this time of the year.

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

Should I visit Albufeira or Chefchaouen in the Spring?

Both Chefchaouen 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 Chefchaouen because of the warm climate and sunshine that lasts throughout the year.

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

In April, Albufeira usually receives more rain than Chefchaouen. Albufeira gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Chefchaouen receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain each month for the spring.

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

Typical Weather for Chefchaouen and Albufeira

Albufeira Chefchaouen
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 127 mm (5 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 13°C (56°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 15°C (60°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 43 mm (1.7 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 21°C (69°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 24°C (74°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 24°C (75°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 18 mm (0.7 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 13°C (56°F) 144 mm (5.7 in)