A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Albufeira vs. Valletta for Food, Nightlife, Beaches, and Couples

Should you visit Albufeira or Valletta?

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

Should I visit Albufeira or Valletta? 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.

Albufeira

Albufeira is a activity-filled, high energy, and party hard resort town. Because this is such a big city, visitors will find many sights and attractions around town. With stunning beauty, it attracts visitors from all around. It's also popular because of the nightlife, food, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Valletta

Valletta is a cultural, waterfront, and historic town. And you can't forget about the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Albufeira and Valletta: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Good nightlife
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for shopping
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Good for shopping
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Very walkable
Cons
  • Less popular for nightlife
  • Less attractive beach


How is Albufeira different from Valletta?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Valletta and Albufeira. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Albufeira or Valletta Better for Food?

Albufeira
Valletta

Foodies will find both Albufeira and Valletta both to be unique destinations.

Eating is part of the travel experience when you visit Albufeira. As the largest resort town in the Algarve, the city also has the widest selection of restaurants. There are traditional options that serve up classic dishes like grilled sardines, as well as international restaurants with traveler favorites. As expected, you'll find a lot of seafood, but you'll also find inland influences from local farms in the area.

Valletta has long been recognized as a culinary destination with great restaurants. The town's culinary scene has a long history with many traditional flavors. You really must experience a meal in one of the traditional stone cellar restaurants, which often serve local meze. Head to Republic Street for a stretch of longstanding restaurants in town. Local dishes include stuffat tal-fenek (rabbit stew), bragioli (rolled meat covered in sauce), and lampuki pie (fish pie).


Is Albufeira or Valletta Better for Nightlife?

Albufeira
Valletta

With more options to choose from, you'll find a more vibrant nightlife in Albufeira.

People head to Albufeira just to party. It's probably the most infamous party destination in the Algarve and it won't disappoint. During the peak summer months you'll find the streets around the popular "Strip" filled with tourists and party-goers. There are hen and stag parties, backpackers, and drunken travelers out for a good time. The Strip has become so popular that there are now bars and clubs on the adjacent streets as well. If you're not staying in the area, you'll likely want to take a taxi, as it's a couple kilometers outside of the town center.

If you're looking for night time activities Valletta has a few options to choose from. It wasn't long ago that the town went quiet in the evenings, but recent years have brought a surge in bars and clubs around town. You'll find the liveliest nightlife in areas around Strait Street and the Valletta Waterfront. If you're looking for a true clubbing scene, you'll want to head north out of town to Paceville.

Is Albufeira or Valletta Better for Beaches?

Albufeira
Valletta

Most people pick Albufeira for its beaches over Valletta.

Travelers come from around the world to visit the beaches in Albufeira. With their golden sands and blue waters, the beaches are world class. The area also has a diversity of beaches that are perfect for all types of vacationers. For water sports, head to Praia dos Alemaes but for relaxation and catching some rays check out Praia da Falesia. You'll find some interesting rock formations at Praia dos Olhos de Agua. One of the most convenient beaches to town is Praia dos Pescadores. For nightlife you'll want to head to Praia da Oura.

The beach in Valletta is worth checking out. There aren't any beaches in town, but if you head north to St. George’s Bay you'll find some nice beaches with a variety of resorts to choose from.

Is Albufeira or Valletta Better for Shopping?

Albufeira
Valletta

Valletta often provides a better shopping experience than Albufeira.

Valletta is a popular shopping destination with plenty of stores. For the best shopping head to Republic Street and Merchants Street where you'll find craft shops, boutiques, and other local souvenirs. Many visitors enjoy picking up blown glass, a locally made miniature, or cactus liquor. Lace is also a common local item that you'll find around town.

Shopping in Albufeira can be found for those interested. You'll find most of the shops are geared toward souvenirs or beach items, particularly near the beach and marina. If you look hard you might find some nice ceramics or items made of cork.

Is Albufeira or Valletta Better for Families?

Albufeira
Valletta

Kids will enjoy a visit to either Albufeira or Valletta.

You'll find plenty of kid-friendly things to do in Albufeira. Despite it's reputation as a party-hard city, there are actually a lot of family-friendly activities in the area. Because it's the largest resort town in the Algarve, it also has the most activities to choose from, including theme parks, water parks, dolphin watching, ropes courses, go karting, and more. The best area's for families are in the old town or the most of the family-friendly resorts outside of town. Families should avoid staying near "the Strip."

Valletta offers lots of family activities. This charming town has nearby beaches as well as a few museums that kids will enjoy, including a toy museum. There are also several multi-media shows that educate visitors on the area's history. Make sure you check out Malta 5D and the Malta Experience.


Is Albufeira or Valletta Better for Couples?

Albufeira
Valletta

With fun activities for couples, both Albufeira and Valletta make for a good place to visit.

Albufeira makes for a terrific place to visit as a couple. For an active honeymoon or couple's retreat, this resort town has it all. Beautiful beaches, adventure-filled activities, a wild nightlife scene, and excellent resorts and restaurants all make for a memorable couple's getaway.

For those traveling as a couple, Valletta has plenty to offer. The town offers beautiful walks, luxury spa experiences, and evening sunset cruises that are seeped in romance. During the evening you can enjoy a cocktail hour and then dine in one of the town's many unique restaurants.

Is Albufeira or Valletta Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Albufeira
Valletta

Albufeira and Valletta are comparable places to visit for backpackers and budget travelers.

Backpackers and budget travelers come from all over the world to visit Albufeira. If you're looking for a party, then you found it. The area is a top pick for European holidays, so you'll find plenty of energy and activities around town. There are also golden beaches and a decent selection of hostels to choose from.

Plenty of budget travelers and backpackers visit Valletta. The island has grown in popularity with backpackers, particularly those coming from Europe, as there are affordable flights and easy accessibility. You'll also find some nice hostels around town where you can stay on a budget.

Is Albufeira or Valletta Better for Public Transit?

Albufeira
Valletta

You'll find somewhat comparable public transit options in both Albufeira and Valletta.

Public transit is generally limited in Albufeira. There are regional buses and even trains, but do take note that many of the train and bus stations are a good distance outside of town.

While Valletta offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. If you're not up for walking up and down the hills, there are some buses around town.

Is Albufeira or Valletta a more walkable city?

Albufeira
Valletta

Valletta is considered more walkable than Albufeira.

Getting around Valletta on foot is easy. The town is compact and easy to walk around with many sights within a short distance of each other. There's also very little street traffic.

Albufeira is generally not a very walkable resort town. Most people prefer to hire a car, but if your hotel is near the beach and you're ok with walking to restaurants, then you may be able to get away without one. If you hope to travel into the countryside at all then a car is necessary.


Should I spend more time in Valletta or Albufeira?

How long in Albufeira or Valletta?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Albufeira and Valletta. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Albufeira than Valletta.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Albufeira is 3-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Valletta is 1-3 days.


  • How many days in Albufeira or Valletta? Ideal Length of Stay
    Albufeira 3-7 
    Valletta 1-3

One day in Albufeira or Valletta?

The beautiful resort town of Albufeira offers nightlife and food. Most people come for the beaches. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

You'll find shopping and museums around the town of Valletta. Visiting the old town is also a must. One day is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Valletta has to offer. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

A weekend in Albufeira or Valletta?

Albufeira is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. Take your pick from the many activities offered here.

You'll find museums and nightlife around the charming destination of Valletta. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. This is a popular place to visit for a weekend.A weekend should give you a good understanding of everything this town has to offer. This town offers a variety of activities to choose from.

Five days in Albufeira or Valletta?

Albufeira is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Albufeira, five days is sufficent for most. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting the waterfront town of Valletta. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. Five days is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

A week in Albufeira or Valletta?

Albufeira is a great place to explore. It is common to spend one week here. It's also a great beach destination, too. One week is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Albufeira has to offer. This resort town offers something for everyone.

Valletta is a popular choice for travelers. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. One week is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Which city is cheaper, Valletta 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 Valletta is €114. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Albufeira and Valletta in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Albufeira 59
    Valletta 64
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Albufeira 118
    Valletta 128
Compare Hotels in Albufeira and Valletta

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Hotels in Albufeira


Hotels in Valletta


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Albufeira 27
    Valletta 19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Transfer Galé - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $77
  • Transfer Galé - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Transfer Galé - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $36
  • Transfer Galé - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $62
  • Transfer Galé - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $62
  • Transfer From Albufeira Algarve To Lisboa: $235
  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 7 People: $871
  • Transfer Algarve - Up to 3 People: $746
  • Transfer Albufeira to Faro Airport: $36
  • Transfer Albufeira - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $77
  • Transfer Albufeira - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Transfer Albufeira - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valletta

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

  • Airport transfers to all locations in Malta (Private Groups or Families): $40
  • Malta Airport Arrival Transfer (Airport to Saint Julian's Hotels or Address): $37
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Malta Airport to Valletta City Center: $27
  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta Int. Airport (MLA) to Valletta/Sliema/St. Julian: $14
  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta International Airport (MLA) to St. Paul's Bay: $18
  • Private Airport Transfer: Malta International Airport (MLA) to Valletta: $68
  • Private Airport Transfer: Valletta/Sliema/St. Julian to Malta Int. Airport (MLA): $14
  • Private Departure Transfer from Valletta City Center to Malta Airport: $13
  • Private Transfer from Malta Luqa Airport to Cirkewwa Ferry: $47
  • Round-trip Shuttle Bus Transfers from Malta Airport to Your Hotel in Malta: $13

Is it cheaper to fly into Albufeira or Valletta?

Prices for flights to both Valletta 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Albufeira 38
    Valletta 35

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Valletta

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

  • The Valletta Food Tour Experience: $156

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Albufeira 31
    Valletta 21

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
  • Abulferia: 3-Hour Yacht Cruise to Benagil: $34
  • 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
  • 2-Hour Caves and Cliffs Kayaking Experience: $40
  • 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise: $31

Tours and Activities in Valletta

For Valletta, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Self-Guided Audio Tour, Map and Directions: $9.06
  • The Original Valletta Walking Tour: $19
  • Valletta City Walking Tour: $19
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour: $20
  • Valletta City Walking Tour with St. John's Co-Cathedral: $22
  • Malta By Night Open-Top Bus Tour Including 1-Hour Mdina Stop: $23
  • Valletta Small Group Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide: $24
  • Malta's Panoramic South Hop On Hop Off Tour: $25
  • The Dark Side Walking Tour: $28
  • Full-Day Cruise to Comino & Blue Lagoon with Food & Drinks: $34
  • Welcome to Private Tour with a Local: $34
  • Blue Grotto and Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk Fishing Village Tour: $35

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Albufeira 21
    Valletta 18

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 comparing the travel costs between Albufeira and Valletta, we can see that Albufeira is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Albufeira or Valletta?

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

Should I visit Albufeira or Valletta in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Albufeira as well as Valletta. Many visitors come to Albufeira in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences. Plenty of visitors come to Valletta because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the summer, Albufeira is around the same temperature as Valletta. Typically, the summer temperatures in Albufeira in July are around 25°C (78°F), and Valletta is about 26°C (79°F).

Albufeira usually gets less rain in July than Valletta. Albufeira gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Albufeira 25°C (78°F) 
    Valletta 26°C (79°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Valletta in the Autumn?

Both Valletta and Albufeira are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Albufeira for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, and the natural beauty of the area during these months. Valletta attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In October, Albufeira is generally around the same temperature as Valletta. Temperatures in Albufeira average around 19°C (67°F), and Valletta stays around 21°C (70°F).

In October, Albufeira usually receives less rain than Valletta. Albufeira gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Albufeira 19°C (67°F) 
    Valletta 21°C (70°F)

Should I visit Albufeira or Valletta in the Winter?

Both Valletta and Albufeira during the winter are popular places to visit. The winter months attract visitors to Albufeira because of the cuisine. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Valletta throughout the year.

Albufeira is cooler than Valletta in the winter. The temperature in Albufeira is usually 11°C (52°F) in January, and Valletta stays around 13°C (55°F).

Albufeira usually gets less rain in January than Valletta. Albufeira gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Valletta receives 90 mm (3.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Albufeira or Valletta in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Albufeira and Valletta. 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 Valletta because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the spring, Albufeira is around the same temperature as Valletta. Typically, the spring temperatures in Albufeira in April are around 15°C (60°F), and Valletta is about 16°C (61°F).

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


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Albufeira 15°C (60°F) 
    Valletta 16°C (61°F)

Typical Weather for Valletta and Albufeira

Albufeira Valletta
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 16°C (61°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 24°C (75°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 14°C (57°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)


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