Should you visit Albufeira or Imperia?
Should I visit Albufeira or Imperia? 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.
Located in the region of Liguria, Imperia is a coastal city on Italy's northwest shoreline. Formed in 1923 by Mussolini with the combining of two major ports and several villages, Imperia today exists as a popular summer destination for visitors. It is known for its cultivation of flowers and olives as well as number of historic churches.
Which city is cheaper, Imperia 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 Imperia is €86. 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 Imperia 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 €41. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Imperia the cost is €82 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.
Imperia food costs typically run travelers around €28 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.
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 €29 per day to get around in Imperia.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:
Albufeira Shared Departure Transfer to Faro:
Albufeira Private Transfer to Faro:
Transfer Albufeira - Balaia Golf (Albufeira):
Faro Airport Private Transfer - Albufeira (Departure):
Faro Shared Transfer to or from Albufeira:
Private Faro Airport Transfer to Albufeira (up to 4 passangers):
Transfer Galé - Balaia Golf (Albufeira):
Transfer Albufeira to Faro Airport:
Departure Transfer Albufeira or Açoteias to Faro Airport FAO by Private Vehicle:
Stork Transfers - Private Transfer From Albufeira to Faro Airport (up to 4 pax):
Private Faro Airport Transfer to Albufeira (5 to 8 passangers):
Private Transfer from Villa Guerreiro (Albufeira) to Faro (FAO) Airport:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Imperia
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Imperia:
Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to Imperia or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to Imperia or vice versa:
Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to Imperia or vice versa:
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 €10 per person, per day in Imperia. 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:
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.
The average person spends about €6.00 on alcoholic beverages in Imperia per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
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 Imperia, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. And not only is Imperia much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Imperia would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Imperia 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 Imperia.
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