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

Should you visit Albufeira or Essaouira?

Should I visit Albufeira or Essaouira? 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.

Albufeira

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.

Essaouira

Essaouira is a beautiful beach town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The city has a pleasant medina that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is interesting to explore. It's an 18th century fortified town with a lot of character and charm. The city is rich and culture and you'll find a handful of art galleries throughout the town. The city is also a gathering place for artists and musicians, particularly during the Gnaoua Festival of World Music, which takes place the last week of June. This event attracts about 450,000 visitors yearly.

Which city is cheaper, Essaouira 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 Essaouira is €35. 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 Essaouira in more detail.



Accommodation

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.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €40 in Essaouira For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 59
    Essaouira 20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 118
    Essaouira 40

Food

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.

Essaouira food costs typically run travelers around €10 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Albufeira 38
    Essaouira 10

Typical Food prices in Essaouira

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


  • Baklava
    1.33
  • Breakfast Crepes
    0.48
  • Fish for Lunch
    14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Essaouira

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

  • Cous Cous party and Show Cooking: $37
  • Essaouira Cooking Class: $50
  • Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech: $78
  • Berber Cooking Class at a Farm in the Countryside & shopping at a rural Souk.: $109

Local Transportation

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.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Essaouira than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €1.52 on transportation in Essaouira on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 27
    Essaouira 1.52

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 7 People: $871
  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 3 People: $746
  • Lisbon Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ): $566
  • Private Transfer Algarve-Lisbon (5 to 8 passangers): $442
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Pine Cliffs Algarve (5 to 8 passangers): $442
  • Sevilha Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ): $417
  • Private Transfer Central Algarve - Lisbon: $398
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Central Algarve: $398
  • Private Transfer Lisbon - Pine Cliffs Algarve (up to 4 passangers): $360
  • Enjoy Three Days in Algarve ( Hotel & Transfers & Tours ): $330
  • Transfer From Albufeira Algarve To Lisboa: $235
  • Safe & Clean Economic Private Transfer Albufeira > Lisbon: $139

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Essaouira

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

  • Airport Transfer Essaouira - Marrakech: $398
  • Airport Transfer From Essaouira Airport To Medina: $25
  • Airport transfer from Essaouira to Agadir: $129
  • Airport transfer from Essaouira to Marrakesh: $92
  • Airport transfer, Departure : Essaouira, Arrival : Agadir: $129
  • Essaouira Airport To city Transfer: $17
  • Essaouira private transfer from Essaouira city to Agadir airport (AGA): $158
  • Essaouira to Agadir airport transfer: $202
  • Essaouira to Casablanca: Private Transfer (English Speaking Driver): $459
  • Essaouira to Marrakesh airport transfer: $202
  • One-Way Transfer from Essaouira Fez: $337
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Essaouira Airport to Essaouira City: $30

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Essaouira?

Prices for flights to both Essaouira 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.





Entertainment

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.

Sightseeing expenses in Essaouira, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €9.18 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 31
    Essaouira 9.18

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

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

  • 'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira: $30
  • 1.5 Hour Quad Off-Road Tour from Albufeira: $31
  • Albufeira 1.5 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $40
  • Albufeira 1.5-Hour Off-road Quad Tour: $75
  • Albufeira 3-Hour Off-Road Quad Tour: $137
  • Albufeira Beach Tour: $25
  • Albufeira Coast and Countryside Mountain Bike Tour: $73
  • Albufeira Jeep Safari Tour (Full Day): $65
  • Albufeira to Algibre Trails Bike Tour: $73
  • Algarve 4x4 Combi Tours: $199
  • Algarve Coast Full-Day Private Tour: $93
  • Algarve Coastline and Beaches Land Tour: $622

Tours and Activities in Essaouira

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

  • Full-Day Tour to Essaouira from Marrakech with Hotel Pick Up: $27
  • PhotoShoot Tour in Essaouira: $30
  • Kite Surfing and Surfing Experience in Essaouira: $31
  • Marrakech day tour to Essaouira: $37
  • Experience Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts: $51
  • Essaouira Guided Tour: 3 on 1 - Nightlife tour, Live like a local & Street food: $51
  • Big dunes and atlantic coast tour 2 HOURS: $57
  • Essaouira Tour - Half day visit to berber market: $64
  • ATV Quad biking in Essaouira Beach, Big Dunes & Atlantic Coast tour: $64
  • Experience Morocco: Essaouira Gnawa Music and Dance Performances: $80
  • Morocco day tours from Marrakech to Essaouira, Full day trip: $96
  • Full-Day Quad bike Adventure from Essaouira to Sidi Kaouki: $114

Alcohol

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.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Essaouira, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €6.99.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 21
    Essaouira 6.99

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: $61
  • sunset wine tasting from Albufeira: $87
  • Half Day Small Group Premium Wine Tour from Albufeira: $93
  • Wine Tour & Walking 7 Hanging Valleys - Coast Algarve: $156
  • From Algarve: Medieval Évora with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $319
  • Algarve Art and Wine Tour from Albufeira: $653


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

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