A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Almeria vs. Bari for Food, Beaches, Nightlife, and Old Town

Should you visit Almeria or Bari?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Almeria and Bari. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Almeria

Almeria is a cultural, historic, and natural region. Many visitors also come because of it's amazing beauty. It's also popular because of the hiking, nightlife, and food.

Bari

Bari is a cultural, authentic, and local port city. Because this is such a big city, visitors will find many sights and attractions around town. Other popular activities here include food, beaches, and shopping.

Almeria and Bari: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Active nightlife
  • Nice resorts
  • Popular beach
  • Good for hiking
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Things to Consider
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Active nightlife
  • Fun shopping
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Good for students
  • Very walkable
Things to Consider
  • Less attractive beach


Is there more to do in Almeria or Bari?

Tourists will generally find more to do in Bari than Almeria. It is bigger and it has more sights, attractions, and activities for travelers. Bari is very popular for its museums, nightlife, shopping, and big city activities, while Almeria attracts visitors for its resorts, beaches, hiking, and impressive beauty. Almeria is more touristy than Bari and is popular for its stunning beaches that feel pristine despite their popularity. Bari is famous for its authentic old town and its role as a ferry port for travelers headed across the Adriatic. It is also well known for San Nicola.

How is Almeria different from Bari?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Are the Museums and Historical Sights Better in Almeria or Bari?

Almeria
Bari

Bari is a great destination for its museums and landmarks. However, Almeria does not have museums and landmarks.

Visitors can fill many days exploring the museums and attractions around Bari. The city is filled with historical sights and archeological ruins. San Nicola is the main basilica in town and a popular tourist sight. The Castello is also a highlight, as is San Sabino.

Almeria does not have museums and landmarks.


Is the Food Better in Almeria or Bari? Which Destination has the Best Restaurants?

Almeria
Bari

Both Almeria and Bari offer a number of terrific restaurants to choose from.

Eat your way through Almeria, as it has many local or world renowned restaurants to choose from. The food is focused on local, fresh ingredients with many traditional recipes that have been passed down for centuries. Popular dishes change with the seasons because they rely so heavily on local produce. Particularly during the winter months you'll find hearty stews like patatas en ajopollo and gurullos con conejo, which is prepared with rabbit. Sardines are also popular year round.

For foodies, Bari is an obvious choice, as it is one of the food capitals of the world. It's off-the-beaten-path vibe means that you won't find the overpriced tourist restaurants that have taken over more touristy cities. Instead you'll find locally owned pasta shops that cater to the town's residents. You can taste authentic Pugliese cuisine, which is centered around wheat and olive oil. Orecchiette is the local pasta and seafood is one of the most common staples.

Is Almeria or Bari Better for Nightlife?

Almeria
Bari

Bari is a great destination for its evening party scene. Also, Almeria is still popular, but not quite as popular for nightlife.

The people in Bari know how to have a good time. The city really comes to life at night with many dance clubs, bars, and other fun venues. There's plenty of live music as well as jazz clubs and other local bars.

If you're looking for night time activities Almeria has a few options to choose from. The city's nightlife vibe is about enjoying a cold beer on a terrace with friends. The city has a laid back Mediterranean atmosphere and plenty of terraced bars along the main streets, particularly in old town. With mild temperatures year around, you'll find yourself spending time outside most evenings while you enjoy tapas and drinks with friends. Flamenco and bullfighting are also popular in the evenings.

Is Almeria or Bari Better for Resorts?

Almeria
Bari

Almeria is terrific for its luxury resorts. However, Bari is not a resort destination.

Vacationers flock to Almeria for its luxury resorts. Stretched along the coastline you'll find many high end resorts with pools and nice atmospheres. There are all inclusive resorts as well as family-friendly and romantic options to choose from.

Bari is not a resort destination.


Is Almeria or Bari Better for Beaches?

Almeria
Bari

Almeria is terrific for the beach. Also, Bari is not as popular, but is still a nice port city for its beaches.

Almeria offers stunning beaches that attract visitors from around the world. Outside of town you'll find kilometers of stunning coastline and beaches. There are pristine natural beaches that still feel undiscovered with beautiful long stretches of sand. One of the biggest resort areas is Roquetas de Mar.

Bari is a good option for a beach vacation. There's a sandy beach that you can reach by bus outside of the city center. There are also many great beaches around Puglia if you're willing to take a day trip or travel a bit farther.

Is Almeria or Bari Better for its Old Town?

Almeria
Bari

Visitors enjoy the excellent old town areas in both Almeria and Bari.

There are many historical things to see in the old town of Almeria. The old town is at the cultural heart of the city. It has the most energy during the evenings, as well as many museums and sights worth visiting.

Many visitors explore the old town while visiting Bari. The old town is filled with historic sights, mazelike streets, and great food. It's pedestrian-only and, because Bari is not as popular with tourists, it holds on to its authentic charm.

Is Almeria or Bari Better for Hiking?

Almeria
Bari

Almeria is a great region for hiking. However, Bari is not a hiking destination.

Many visitors go to Almeria for the hiking trails. The area has stunning hikes that run along the coastline or into the beautiful interior countryside. For some of the area's best hikes head into Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park.

Bari is not a hiking destination.


Is the Shopping Better in Almeria or Bari?

Almeria
Bari

Bari is a good destination for its shopping areas. However, Almeria is not a noteworthy shopping destination.

Many visitors go to Bari to go shopping. You won't find the souvenir shops that you find in more touristy cities, so if you take the time to do some shopping while you're in town, you can enjoy a truly authentic and cultural experience.

Almeria is not a noteworthy shopping destination.

Is Almeria or Bari Better for Families?

Almeria
Bari

Both Almeria and Bari are excellent family-friendly destinations.

Almeria is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. The area has many beautiful beaches as well as waterparks, amusement parks, and fun activities like sailing and water sports. There's also a very impressive fort that the kids will enjoy exploring.

Bari is a very family-friendly destination. There are historical sites and castles to explore as well as the fun-filled Miragica amusement park. There's also an impressive underground city that will spark the kid's imagination. Other fun activities include visiting the nearby beaches, taking a kayak tour, or wandering around the old town.

Is Almeria or Bari Better for Couples?

Almeria
Bari

Almeria is a great region for couples. Also, Bari is not as popular, but is still a nice port city for romance.

Almeria is a great region if you're traveling as a couple. Nature lovers and beach enthusiasts will find this to be the perfect romantic getaway. There are many outdoor activities and places to immerse yourself in nature. A highlight of a trip is a visit to Crystal Cave.

Bari is a nice destination for couples. The old town is filled with mazelike streets and the city has many unique activities that appeal to history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.


Is Almeria or Bari Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Almeria
Bari

Almeria and Bari are excellent places to visit for backpackers and budget travelers.

Almeria is a very popular region for backpackers and budget travelers. There's plenty of affordable accommodation to choose from as well as all kinds of activities that backpackers will enjoy. If you like nature and enjoy spending time outside, then this is your place.

Bari is very popular with the backpacker crowd. There's plenty of hostels around town and the prices are usually very reasonable. Many backpackers pass through this port city on their way to Greece or other Adriatic destinations.

Is Almeria or Bari Better for Students?

Almeria
Bari

Bari is a great destination for students. However, Almeria is not popular with students.

Many students visit Bari. It's a great student city that offers access to many nearby Mediterranean destinations. There are also a number of historical sights within town that students can visit.

Almeria is not popular with students.

Is Almeria or Bari Better for Public Transit? Which Is Easier to Get Around Without a Car?

Almeria
Bari

You'll find somewhat comparable public transit options in both Almeria and Bari.

You'll find some public transit in Almeria, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. There are a number of bus lines that run through Almeria city and to Cabo de Gata.

While Bari offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There are buses around town that are operated by the AMTAB.


Is Almeria or Bari a more walkable city?

Almeria
Bari

Bari is a great destination for its ease of walking around. However, Almeria is a region with minimal options for its walkability.

Bari is a very walkable destination. The old town is pedestrian-only and best explored on foot. It's also about a 20 minute walk from the central train station.

Almeria is generally not a very walkable region. While there are many beautiful walks in the area, if you want to truly explore, you'll likely want to have access to a car.

For even more information, also check out Is Almeria Worth Visiting? and Is Bari Worth Visiting?.

Should I spend more time in Bari or Almeria?

How long in Almeria or Bari?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Almeria and Bari. In our opinion, Bari has more to see and do, so we recommend spending more time in Bari than Almeria. However, 1-3 days is a good amount of time to spend in either destination.

Couples should spend more time in Almeria than Bari. You'll find plenty of romantic sights and fun activities in Almeria that are great for a weekend getaway or a longer couple's trip.

Backpackers and budget travelers should spend more time in Bari than Almeria if your budget allows for it. With a larger number of budget-friendly sights, good nightlife, and active things to do, anyone traveling on a budget would have a good time in Bari.


  • How many days in Almeria or Bari? Ideal Length of Stay
    Almeria 1-3 
    Bari 1-3

One day in Almeria or Bari?

Visitors enjoy the food and nightlife when visiting the destination of Almeria. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One day is usually enough time to experience most activities.

In Bari, you'll find nightlife and food. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. One reason most visitors come is for the food. This port city offers something for everyone. This would be the perfect place to spend one day, as it has just the right amount of activities.

A weekend in Almeria or Bari?

Almeria is a fun place to experience. If you have a weekend, this is a great place to go. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. A weekend is often enough time to do most activities. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

In Bari, you'll find food and shopping. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. A weekend here is typical. Visiting the old town is also a must. One reason most visitors come is for the food. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Bari has to offer.


Five days in Almeria or Bari?

You'll find food and nightlife around the pristine destination of Almeria. This region offers something for everyone. Many visitors also spend a good bit of time hiking. Five days is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

Bari is a great place to explore. The old town is one of the main draws for visitors. Five days is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. Anyone can find something fun to do here.

A week in Almeria or Bari?

The cultural region of Almeria offers nightlife and food. Make sure you spend some time hiking while you're in the area. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. 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's hard to know how much time to spend in Bari. Many people enjoy the museums and nightlife when visiting Bari. One reason most visitors come is for the food. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.


For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours from Madrid, The Best 10-Day Tours from Barcelona, The Best Historical Tours in Italy, and The Best 10-Day Tours in Italy.


Which place is cheaper, Bari or Almeria?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Almeria is €99, while the average daily cost in Bari is €113. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Almeria and Bari in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Almeria 44
    Bari 73
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Almeria 88
    Bari 146
Compare Hotels in Almeria and Bari

Looking for a hotel in Almeria or Bari? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Almeria


Hotels in Bari


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Bari Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Almeria 20
    Bari 11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Almeria

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Almeria:

  • Transfers desde Aeropuerto de Almería (LEI) a Vera Playa - 4 pasajeros: $125
  • Almería Private Transfer from the city centre or Cabo de Gata to Almería Airport: $66
  • Almería Private Transfer from Almería Airport to City centre or Cabo de Gata: $66
  • Private Transfer from Almeria Airport to / from Almeria Spain: $42

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bari

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Bari:


  • Train to Lecce
    44

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bari

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

  • Bari Airport: 1-Way Shared Transfer to Matera City Center: $5.42
  • Bari Airport: Shared Transfer to/from Taranto Train Station: $9.21
  • Bari Cruise Port (Terminal di Bari) to Bari hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $25
  • Bari Cruise Port (Terminal di Bari) to Bari hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $50
  • Bari Cruise Port to Polignano Hotels Arrival Private Transfer: $79
  • Bari Intl Airport (BRI) to Bari Cruise Port- Round-Trip Private Transfer: $50
  • Bari Per Matera - Matera Airport Transfer Service For Bari Airport: $148
  • Bari hotels to Bari Port (Terminal Crociere di Bari)- Departure Private Transfer: $25
  • Bari or Naples: Private Transfer Service: $548
  • Bari Airport Transfer to/from Foggia Train Station: $13
  • Private One-Way Airport Transfer: $52
  • Private Transfer from Airport to Matera: $130

Is it cheaper to fly into Almeria or Bari?

Prices for flights to both Bari and Almeria 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
    Almeria 40
    Bari 32

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Almeria

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Almeria.

  • Spanish Paella Private Online Cooking Class: $40

Typical Food Prices in Bari

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


  • Dinner
    44
  • Coffee
    2.00

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bari

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

  • Street food tour of Polignano a Mare: $39
  • Bari Walking Street Food Tour: $49
  • Italian Street Food Tour with Tastings and Drinks: $70
  • Bari Street Food Tour by Bike: $70
  • Street Food Tour in Bari old town - Do Eat Better Experience: $78
  • Rickshaw Street Food Tour: $81
  • Bari Street Food Tour by Rickshaw: $82
  • Cooking class: We prepare orecchiette with vegetables from the garden: $84
  • Bari Street Food Tour on Segway: $87
  • Dining Experience at a local's Home in Cisternino with Show Cooking: $93
  • Dining Experience at a local's Home in Castellana Grotte with Show Cooking: $93
  • Dining Experience at a local's Home in Barletta with Show Cooking: $93

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Almeria 16
    Bari 8.61

Tours and Activities in Almeria

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

  • Almería: Cathedral Entry Ticket: $7.59
  • Almería: Cathedral and Convent of the Puras Entry Ticket: $9.75
  • Almería: Cathedral and Monastery of Las Puras Guided Tour: $12
  • Almería: Guided City Discovery Tour: $16
  • Almería: Legends and Mysteries Evening Walking Tour: $11
  • Almeria : Private Custom Walking Tour With A Local Guide: $49
  • Almeria like a Local: Customized Private Tour : $52
  • Alcazaba Guided Tour: $16
  • History and Hidden Corners Essential Walking Tour: $14
  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $49
  • Spanish Civil War Shelters Ticket and Official Tour: $11
  • Andalusia: Almeria Cathedral Entry with Guided Tour: $16

Tours and Activities in Bari

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

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • Tour "Hunt for the treasures of Bari": $3.28
  • Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour: $6.50
  • Bari Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.55
  • Bari Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Wonderful Bari Self-Guided Audio Tour: $15
  • Simi Palace and Byzantine Church Tour with Ticket: $24
  • St. Nicholas Basilica and Crypt Guided Tour: $27
  • Guided Walking Tour: $27
  • Bari Walking City Tour: $29
  • Norman-Swabian Castle Guided Tour: $30
  • Bari Walking Tour: $33

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Almeria 4.29
    Bari 13

Sample the Local Flavors in Almeria

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Almeria:

  • Almería Visit to Eco Winery Cortijo El Cura and wine tasting: $24
  • Almería Wine tour and tasting in English in Bio Winery: $24

Typical Alcohol Prices in Bari

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Bari:


  • Beer
    2.00

Sample the Local Flavors in Bari

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Bari:

  • Afternoon Tour Secrets of Alberobello incl. Food & Wine tasting: $79
  • Private Tour: Trani walking tour with Moscato wine tasting: $115
  • Wine tasting experience in the Apulian countryside : $235


When comparing the travel costs between Almeria and Bari, we can see that Bari 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.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Almeria Expensive? and Is Bari Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Almeria or Bari?

Bari has a larger population, and is about 76% larger than the population of Almeria. When comparing the sizes of Almeria and Bari, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Almeria or Bari?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Almeria or Bari in the Summer?

Both Bari and Almeria during the summer are popular places to visit. The summer months attract visitors to Almeria because of the beaches, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences. Also, the beaches, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Bari this time of year.

Almeria is around the same temperature as Bari in the summer. The daily temperature in Almeria averages around 26°C (78°F) in July, and Bari fluctuates around 25°C (76°F).

In Bari, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Almeria. In the summer, Almeria often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Bari. Almeria gets 343 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bari receives 336 hours of full sun.

Almeria usually gets less rain in July than Bari. Almeria gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Bari receives 9 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Almeria 26°C (78°F) 
    Bari 25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Almeria or Bari in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Almeria and Bari. The hiking trails and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Almeria this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Bari for the city's sights and attractions and the shopping scene.

In the autumn, Almeria is a little warmer than Bari. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Almeria in October average around 20°C (68°F), and Bari averages at about 18°C (65°F).

In Almeria, it's very sunny this time of the year. Almeria usually receives more sunshine than Bari during autumn. Almeria gets 220 hours of sunny skies, while Bari receives 178 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Almeria usually receives less rain than Bari. Almeria gets 28 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Bari receives 70 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Almeria 20°C (68°F) 
    Bari 18°C (65°F)

Should I visit Almeria or Bari in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Almeria as well as Bari. Many travelers come to Almeria for the cuisine. Also, many visitors come to Bari in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Almeria is generally a little warmer than Bari. Daily temperatures in Almeria average around 13°C (55°F), and Bari fluctuates around 10°C (49°F).

In the winter, Almeria often gets more sunshine than Bari. Almeria gets 186 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Bari receives 110 hours of full sun.

Almeria usually gets less rain in January than Bari. Almeria gets 27 mm (1.1 in) of rain, while Bari receives 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Almeria 13°C (55°F) 
    Bari 10°C (49°F)

Should I visit Almeria or Bari in the Spring?

Both Bari and Almeria are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Almeria in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, most visitors come to Bari for the beaches and the activities around the city during these months.

Almeria is a little warmer than Bari in the spring. The daily temperature in Almeria averages around 16°C (61°F) in April, and Bari fluctuates around 14°C (58°F).

It's quite sunny in Bari. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Almeria. Almeria usually receives more sunshine than Bari during spring. Almeria gets 235 hours of sunny skies, while Bari receives 203 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Almeria usually receives less rain than Bari. Almeria gets 26 mm (1 in) of rain, while Bari receives 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Almeria 16°C (61°F) 
    Bari 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Bari and Almeria

Almeria Bari
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 10°C (49°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
Feb 13°C (56°F) 18 mm (0.7 in) 10°C (50°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 14°C (58°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 12°C (53°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Apr 16°C (61°F) 26 mm (1 in) 14°C (58°F) 32 mm (1.3 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 12 mm (0.5 in) 18°C (64°F) 25 mm (1 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 22°C (71°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 26°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 25°C (76°F) 9 mm (0.3 in)
Aug 26°C (79°F) 1 mm (0 in) 25°C (76°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Sep 24°C (76°F) 11 mm (0.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 47 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 28 mm (1.1 in) 18°C (65°F) 70 mm (2.7 in)
Nov 16°C (61°F) 31 mm (1.2 in) 14°C (57°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Dec 13°C (56°F) 20 mm (0.8 in) 11°C (52°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)