Should you visit Albufeira or Crete?
Should I visit Albufeira or Crete? 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.
The largest and most populous island of Greece, Crete has become a frequent vacation destination for many visitors. The terrain of the place is quite varied - very mountainous stretching east to west, with lush valleys, fertile plateaus, gorges, and famous caves like Idaion, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus. The surrounding smaller islands and beaches are key attractions as well.
Which city is cheaper, Crete 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 Crete 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Albufeira and Crete 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.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €28. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Crete the cost is €56 on average.
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 Crete cost around €17 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 €6.80.
Meals for one day
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.
While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €10 per day to get around in Crete.
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.
Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €11 per person, per day in Crete. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.
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:
Tours and Activities in Crete
Here are a few actual costs in Crete for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:
Imbros Gorge and Libyan Sea Day Tour From Rethymno:
Small Villages Cretan Nature & Aposelemis canyon E-Bike tour with Café stop:
Traditional Cretan Village Bakery Class and Tour:
Classic and Authentic Day Tour of Crete:
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 Crete may vary from person to person, on average a person spends €9.42 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 Crete, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Crete much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Crete would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Crete 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 Crete.
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