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

Should you visit Almeria or La Spezia?

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 La Spezia. 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. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. Visitors also love the food, beaches, and hiking.

La Spezia

La Spezia is a lively, convenient, and cultural town. Other popular activities here include beaches, shopping, and nightlife.

Almeria and La Spezia: 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
  • Very walkable
Things to Consider
  • Less attractive beach


Is there more to do in Almeria or La Spezia?

Travelers will usually find more to do in Almeria than La Spezia, as it is bigger with more sights, attractions, and activities for visitors. Almeria is more popular for its food, resorts, beaches, historical sights, hiking, and impressive beauty, while La Spezia is known for its museums and shopping. Almeria is popular for its stunning beaches that feel pristine despite their popularity. It is also home to The Alcazaba. La Spezia is popular for being the gateway to Cinque Terre.

How is Almeria different from La Spezia?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between La Spezia 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 La Spezia?

Almeria
La Spezia

La Spezia is a town with a few options for its museums and landmarks. However, Almeria does not have museums and landmarks.

La Spezia offers a handful of options for museums and historical sights. The highlight of the area is the surrounding natural beauty, but in town you can visit the Maritime Museum, The castle of San Giorgio, and The Amedeo Lia Art Museum.

Almeria does not have museums and landmarks.


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

Almeria
La Spezia

Almeria is very popular for its restaurants. Also, La Spezia is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its restaurant scene.

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.

Dining out in La Spezia is an experience not to be missed. The town has many local flavors that incorporate seafood and other local ingredients. Focaccia is popular, as is Farinata, which is a chickpea flour pancake. Anchovies and mussels are also common ingredients.

Is Almeria or La Spezia Better for Nightlife?

Almeria
La Spezia

It's hard to distinguish whether Almeria or La Spezia has a better nightlife scene.

Almeria has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. 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.

If you're looking for night time activities La Spezia has a few options to choose from. You'll find more bars and clubs around town than you do in the smaller nearby towns. Some people head into La Spezia for the evening to grab a drink and socialize.

Is Almeria or La Spezia Better for Resorts?

Almeria
La Spezia

Almeria is very popular for its luxury resorts. However, La Spezia 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.

La Spezia is not a resort destination.


Is Almeria or La Spezia Better for Beaches?

Almeria
La Spezia

Almeria is very popular for the beache. Also, La Spezia is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for the beach.

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.

La Spezia is a good option for a beach vacation. The beaches in the area tend to be rocky and pebbly. For the best beaches, head out of town to nearby areas.

Is Almeria or La Spezia Better for its Old Town?

Almeria
La Spezia

Almeria is a very popular place for its old town. Also, La Spezia is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its historic old town charm.

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.

La Spezia offers a nice historic old town area. The old town runs between the streets of Corso Cavour and Via Prione and is best explored on foot.

Is Almeria or La Spezia Better for Hiking?

Almeria
La Spezia

Almeria is a very popular place for its hiking trails. However, La Spezia is not a hiking destination.

Many visitors explore the nearby hiking trails while visiting Almeria. 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.

La Spezia is not a hiking destination.


Is the Shopping Better in Almeria or La Spezia?

Almeria
La Spezia

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

Many visitors go to La Spezia to go shopping. There's a morning market at Piazza del Mercato as well as many clothing and souvenir shops around town.

Almeria is not a noteworthy shopping destination.

Is Almeria or La Spezia Better for Families?

Almeria
La Spezia

Almeria is a very popular place for its kid-friendly activities. Also, La Spezia is not quite as popular, but is fairly good for its family-friendly activities.

Because of its large number of kid-friendly activities, Almeria is very family-friendly. 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.

You'll find plenty of kid-friendly things to do in La Spezia. Visitors often use La Spezia as a base for visiting nearby Cinque Terre. The surrounding region has many kid-friendly activities like hiking, swimming, and beaches.

Is Almeria or La Spezia Better for Couples?

Almeria
La Spezia

Almeria and La Spezia both excellent destinations for a couple.

Couples visit Almeria frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. 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.

La Spezia is a great region if you're traveling as a couple. It makes a nice base for visiting nearby sights if the more popular Cinque Terre area is too overwhelming.


Is Almeria or La Spezia Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Almeria
La Spezia

Almeria and La Spezia 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.

La Spezia is very popular with the backpacker crowd. It's more affordable than the nearby towns in Cinque Terre, but they're still easily accessible from town.

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

Almeria
La Spezia

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

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 La Spezia offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. Buses, trains, and ferry boats offer the main forms of transportation in the area.

Is Almeria or La Spezia a more walkable city?

Almeria
La Spezia

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

La Spezia is a very walkable destination. The town is easy to walk around and you'll find a pedestrian-only area downhill from the 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 La Spezia Worth Visiting?.

Should I spend more time in La Spezia or Almeria?

How long in Almeria or La Spezia?

Visitors can find plenty of fun things to do in both Almeria and La Spezia. In our opinion, Almeria has more to see and do, so we recommend that you spend more time in Almeria than La Spezia. In general, 1-3 days is a good amount of time for Almeria, and 2-3 days is enough time in La Spezia.

Families should spend more time in Almeria than La Spezia. Because of the many family-friendly attractions and fun things to do for kids in Almeria, it's a great place to visit with the whole family.

Couples should spend more time in Almeria than La Spezia. 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 Almeria than La Spezia 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 Almeria.


  • How many days in Almeria or La Spezia? Ideal Length of Stay
    Almeria 1-3 
    La Spezia 2-3

One day in Almeria or La Spezia?

You'll find nightlife and food around the region of Almeria. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. One day is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Almeria has to offer. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

In La Spezia, you'll find shopping and nightlife. This town offers something for everyone. One day is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do.

A weekend in Almeria or La Spezia?

You'll find food and nightlife around the pristine destination of Almeria. Hikers are also drawn to this area. This is a popular place to visit for a weekend.A weekend should give you a good understanding of everything this region has to offer. This region offers a variety of activities to choose from.

In La Spezia, you'll find nightlife and food. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. A weekend here is typical. A weekend is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that La Spezia has to offer.

Five days in Almeria or La Spezia?

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting the pristine region of Almeria. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. It's also a relaxing resort destination. Five days is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

La Spezia is a great place to explore. 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 La Spezia?

Almeria is a popular choice for travelers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. 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.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in La Spezia. Many people enjoy the shopping and nightlife when visiting La Spezia. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing.


Which place is cheaper, La Spezia 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 La Spezia is €198. 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 La Spezia in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Almeria 44
    La Spezia 113
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Almeria 88
    La Spezia 226
Compare Hotels in Almeria and La Spezia

Looking for a hotel in Almeria or La Spezia? 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 La Spezia


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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: La Spezia Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Almeria 20
    La Spezia 41

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: $126
  • Private Transfer from Almeria Airport to / from Almeria Spain: $42
  • 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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Spezia

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

  • Arrival Private Transfer La Spezia to Genoa by Business or Luxury Vehicle: $253
  • Arrival Private Transfer from La Spezia to Porto Venere or Lerici: $91
  • La Spezia Cruise Port to Florence - Arrival Private Transfer: $131
  • La Spezia Cruise Port to Florence - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $262
  • La Spezia Cruise Port to La Spezia hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $22
  • La Spezia Cruise Port to La Spezia hotels - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $44
  • La Spezia Cruise Port to Pisa Intl Airport (PSA) - Departure Private Transfer: $93
  • La Spezia to La Spezia Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $22
  • Private Transfer La Spezia Cruise Port or Train Station to city: $51
  • Private Transfer La Spezia to Pisa by Business or Luxury Vehicle: $202
  • Private Transfer Porto Venere or Lerici to La Spezia by car / van: $91
  • Private Transfer from La Spezia Cruise Port to Florence Hotels: $131

Is it cheaper to fly into Almeria or La Spezia?

Prices for flights to both La Spezia 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
    La Spezia 56

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
  • Private Authentic Spanish Cooking Class with Juan in Almeria: $94

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in La Spezia

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

  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour: $92
  • Small-Group Street Food Tour: $96
  • Portovenere: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and Dinner: $98
  • Small-group Street food tour in La Spezia: $98
  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $98
  • Cesarine: Dining & Cooking Demo at Local's Home in La Spezia: $105
  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour: $124
  • Porto Venere & Islands Sunset Boat Tour w/ Dinner: $135
  • Experience the Taste of Typical Home Cooking : $150
  • Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home: $151
  • Market Visit and Seafood Cooking Class with Lunch: $154
  • Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia: $157

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Almeria 16
    La Spezia 37

Tours and Activities in Almeria

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

  • Almería: Guided City Discovery Tour: $16
  • Almería: Legends and Mysteries Evening Walking Tour: $11
  • Almeria : Private Custom Walking Tour With A Local Guide: $50
  • Almeria like a Local: Customized Private Tour : $53
  • Alcazaba Guided Tour: $16
  • Convent of the Puras Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket: $5.42
  • 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
  • Fort Bravo Entrance Ticket: $21
  • Full-Day Western Theme Park Tour of Mini Hollywood - Oasys: $70

Tours and Activities in La Spezia

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

  • Hop-On Hop-Off Open-Top Bus City Tour Ticket: $18
  • La Spezia Walking Tour: $35
  • A sightseeing tour with Italian-inspired music: $41
  • From Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion: $42
  • La Spezia 3h Sightseeing Walking Tour with Italian Inspired Music: $43
  • From La Spezia to Pisa with optional Leaning Tower Ticket: $50
  • Private trip La Spezia to La Spezia Cruise Port or Train Station: $51
  • Pisa Tour by bus: $55
  • 4-Hour E-Bike Private Guided Tour of the Tellaro and Montemarcello Villages: $55
  • From Florence & Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion: $59
  • From Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino: $65
  • Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Port: $66

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Almeria 4.29
    La Spezia 35

Sample the Local Flavors in Almeria

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

  • Visit to Eco Winery Cortijo El Cura and wine tasting in English: $22
  • Visit to Eco Winery Cortijo El Cura and wine tasting in Spanish: $22

Sample the Local Flavors in La Spezia

Also in La Spezia, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Food and wine tour in the Gulf of Poets with local products: $143
  • Lucca city tour and Pisa tower + wine tasting from La Spezia Port: $176
  • boat tour with seafood and wine tasting: $217


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Almeria and La Spezia, we can see that La Spezia is more expensive. And not only is Almeria much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Almeria would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Almeria 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 La Spezia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in La Spezia than you might in Almeria.

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


Which is Bigger, Almeria or La Spezia?

Almeria has a larger population, and is about 96% larger than the population of La Spezia. When comparing the sizes of Almeria and La Spezia, 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.

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