Should you visit Albufeira or Costa Vicentina?
Should I visit Albufeira or Costa Vicentina? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
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.
Costa Vicentina is the beautiful coastal area in southwest Portugal which runs through both the Algarve and Alentejo Regions along the southern coast. This is actually part of the longest stretch of protected coastline in Portugal, making it one of the best places to experience the unadulterated beauty and nature of the country. Costa Vicentina offers miles of some of the best Portugal beaches, fantastic hiking trails, and lovely old villages to explore. The area sees far more Portuguese tourists than international ones, so expect Portuguese to be the only language spoken by many people, especially in the smaller villages.
Which city is cheaper, Costa Vicentina or Albufeira?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Albufeira is €118, while the average daily cost in Costa Vicentina is €100. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Albufeira and Costa Vicentina in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €59. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Albufeira the cost is €118 on average.
Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €106 for a double occupancy room in Costa Vicentina.
The average traveler spends about €38 per day in Albufeira for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
On average, meal and food prices in Costa Vicentina cost around €27 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around €11.
Meals for one day
Costa Vicentina €27
The average price of local transportation around Albufeira is €27 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
The average price of local transportation around Costa Vicentina is €32 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:
Albufeira Private Transfer to Faro:
Albufeira Shared Departure Transfer to Faro:
Departure Transfer Albufeira or Açoteias to Faro Airport FAO by Private Vehicle:
Enjoy Three Days in Algarve ( Hotel & Transfers & Tours ):
Faro Airport Private Transfer - Albufeira (Departure):
Faro Airport Private Transfer to Albufeira:
Faro Shared Transfer to or from Albufeira:
Lisbon Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ):
Private Airport Transfer Faro - Albufeira:
Private Airport Transfer Faro - Lagos:
Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area:
Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area:
Albufeira's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €31 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Costa Vicentina's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €13 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Tours and Activities in Albufeira
Here are a few actual costs in Albufeira for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Albufeira Beach Tour:
Lagos & Sagres Guided Bus Tour:
'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira:
1.5 Hour Quad Off-Road Tour from Albufeira:
Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour with pick-up and drop-off in Albufeira:
Coast Tour & Chapel of Bones:
Dolphins and Caves Albufeira Marina Tour:
Algarve Jet Boat Tour from Albufeira:
Silves & Monchique Guided Bus Tour with Lunch:
Albufeira 1.5 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour:
Stand Up Paddle Tour:
Caves and Dolphin Watching Cruise from Albufeira:
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Albufeira may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €21 per day on alcoholic beverages.
While the amount that someone spends on alcohol while visiting Costa Vicentina may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €6.97 per day on alcoholic beverages.
Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira
Also in Albufeira, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira:
sunset wine tasting from Albufeira:
Half Day Small Group Premium Wine Tour from Albufeira:
Wine Tour & Walking 7 Hanging Valleys - Coast Algarve:
From Algarve: Medieval Évora with Lunch and Wine Tasting:
Algarve Art and Wine Tour from Albufeira:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Albufeira and Costa Vicentina, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Costa Vicentina much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Costa Vicentina would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Costa Vicentina 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 Costa Vicentina.
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