A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Barcelona vs. Costa de Prata for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Barcelona or Costa de Prata?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Barcelona and Costa de Prata can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Barcelona or Costa de Prata?

Barcelona

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain with a population of over 1.5 million people. It's also the capital of Catalonia and is located on the northeastern part of the Mediterranean coast. Barcelona is one of the country's most popular travel destinations because of its rich history, interesting architecture, and vibrant culture. Barcelona hosted the 1992 Summer Olympic games and that had a strong influence over tourism in the area. Many different neighborhoods were renovated and rebuilt. Modern design became the norm in many parts of the city, although there is still an old city feel and many efforts at preservation.

Costa de Prata

Costa de Prata is a region located on the Silver Coast of Portugal, an hour north of Lisbon. The area is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient architecture, and relaxed, welcoming, atmosphere. The area experiences gorgeous weather nearly all year round, with temperatures in the high 70's and 80's Fahrenheit from May-September. June-August sees the warmest ocean temperatures, making these the best months for swimming. Even during their winter, temperatures rarely dip below 60°F, although ocean temperatures drop, making swimming a bit colder.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Contiki Tours to Spain, The Best G Adventures Tours to Spain, The Best 10-Day Tours in Portugal, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Portugal.


Which place is cheaper, Costa de Prata or Barcelona?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Barcelona is €156, while the average daily cost in Costa de Prata is €151. 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 Barcelona and Costa de Prata in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Barcelona 96
    Costa de Prata 78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Barcelona 192
    Costa de Prata 156
Compare Hotels in Barcelona and Costa de Prata

Looking for a hotel in Barcelona or Costa de Prata? 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 Barcelona


Hotels in Costa de Prata


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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: Barcelona Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Barcelona 19
    Costa de Prata 53
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Barcelona are as follows:


  • 10 Trip Metro Ticket
    7.80
  • Airport Bus
    5.00
  • Metro
    2.10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Barcelona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Barcelona:

  • Try find your better than us ! Airport transfer in Barcelona APT-HTL (BCN): $55
  • Transfers From Cruise Port to Barcelona Main Train Station( Sants Train Station): $33
  • Transfers From Cruise Port to Barcelona Airport: $37
  • Transfers From Barcelona Sants Train Station to Hotel bcn: $31
  • Transfer to Montserrat Monastery from Barcelona: $32
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Barcelona City - Barcelona Airport (BCN): $33
  • Transfer from Barcelona to /Santa Susanna /pienda de ma/ calella: $170
  • Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Sitges (any Hotel or Address in Sitges): $185
  • Transfer from Barcelona Airport to Barcelona CITY (any hotel or destination): $111
  • Transfer departure Shuttle Barcelona Port to Barcelona Airport: $18
  • Transfer arrival Shuttle Barcelona Airport to Pineda de Mar: $23
  • Taxi - Cab - Private transfer from Barcelona City Centre to Bcn Cruise Terminal: $33

Is it cheaper to fly into Barcelona or Costa de Prata?

Prices for flights to both Costa de Prata and Barcelona 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
    Barcelona 33
    Costa de Prata 44
Typical Food Prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of dining costs in Barcelona are as follows:


  • Hot Cocoa & Churro
    4.15
  • Sandwich
    1.70
  • Baguette & Horchata
    3.80
  • Tapas on the beach
    8.28
  • Gelatto
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Barcelona

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

  • Walking Tour + Flamenco + Tapas Dinner (choose options): $27
  • Flamenco at El Patio Andaluz with Optional Dinner: $27
  • Barcelona La Barceloneta Tapas Food Tour: $38
  • Barcelona Guided Street Food Tour and Gothic Quarter Visit: $38
  • Tasty Barcelona Street Food Tour With Local Market Visit : $42
  • Barcelona Street Food Tour: Local Market & Gothic Quarter with Expert Guide: $43
  • Wine Tasting and Tapas 5-Course Pairing Dinner: $59
  • Rooftop Terrace Paella Cooking Lesson: $64
  • Private Evening Cruise with Dinner and Drinks: $69
  • Paella Cooking Experience & Boqueria Market Tour: $74
  • Drunken Tapas Food Tour with Dinner in Barcelona: $74
  • Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona: $76

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Barcelona 33
    Costa de Prata 13
Typical Entertainment Prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Barcelona are as follows:


  • Picasso Walking Tour and Museum Pass
    42
  • Souvenir Gaudi Book
    8.55
  • Admission to Museo Picasso
    6.00

Tours and Activities in Barcelona

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Barcelona are as follows:

  • Barcelona Christmas Walking Tour: $30
  • Dali Museum, Besalu & Girona Tour from Barcelona by Fast Train : $120
  • Montserrat Mountains Half - Day Private Tour - From Barcelona : $262
  • Private Guides Barcelona Tour with Skip The Line in Cathedral: $218
  • Private Mountain Bike Tour in Barcelona: $33
  • Sagrada Familia "Fast Track" Guided Tour in Barcelona: $106
  • Skip The Line - Early Picasso Museum and Born Neighborhood: $56
  • Sunset Sailing Tour in Barcelona: $76
  • Ticket to Sant Pau Art Nouveau Barcelona: $31
  • 'Game Of Thrones' Small Group Tour in Girona with Lunch from Barcelona: $115
  • 1,5h Barcelona '92 Segway Tour: $43
  • 2 hour Sailing Experience on J80 Racing Yacht in Barcelona: $65

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Barcelona 17
    Costa de Prata 8.13

Sample the Local Flavors in Barcelona

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Barcelona:

  • Barcelona Pub Crawl by King - Bar & Nightclub Hopping Tour: $13
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl by KING-Best Party tour & 1 hour OpenBar: $16
  • Estrella Damm Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $16
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl with 1h open bar & VIP club entry: $16
  • Night Pub Crawl Tour in Barcelona: $16
  • Estrella Damm Brewery in El Prat de Llobregat tour with Tasting: $16
  • Pub Crawl in Barcelona: $16
  • Barcelona Bar Crawl: 4+ Venues, Free shots, Free Club Entry: $19
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl 1.5h open bar@hostel & Free club entry: $21
  • Estrella Damm Old Brewery Tour with Tasting: $21
  • Pub Crawl Barcelona by EVOLVE The BEST night experience: $22
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl by KING -The Best Party tour & VIP Club Entry: $22


When comparing the travel costs between Barcelona and Costa de Prata, we can see that Barcelona 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 Barcelona Expensive? and Is Costa de Prata Expensive?.



When is the best time to visit Barcelona or Costa de Prata?

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 Barcelona or Costa de Prata in the Summer?

Both Costa de Prata and Barcelona during the summer are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Barcelona for the beaches, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Barcelona is around the same temperature as Costa de Prata. Typically, the summer temperatures in Barcelona in July average around 23°C (73°F), and Costa de Prata averages at about 23°C (73°F).

In Costa de Prata, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Barcelona. In the summer, Barcelona often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Costa de Prata. Barcelona gets 308 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Costa de Prata receives 308 hours of full sun.

Barcelona usually gets more rain in July than Costa de Prata. Barcelona gets 22 mm (0.9 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Barcelona 23°C (73°F) 
    Costa de Prata 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Barcelona or Costa de Prata in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Barcelona and Costa de Prata. Many visitors come to Barcelona in the autumn for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Barcelona is generally around the same temperature as Costa de Prata. Daily temperatures in Barcelona average around 17°C (63°F), and Costa de Prata fluctuates around 18°C (65°F).

Barcelona usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Costa de Prata during autumn. Barcelona gets 181 hours of sunny skies, while Costa de Prata receives 184 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Costa de Prata receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Barcelona usually receives around the same amount of rain as Costa de Prata. Barcelona gets 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 101 mm (4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Barcelona 17°C (63°F) 
    Costa de Prata 18°C (65°F)

Should I visit Barcelona or Costa de Prata in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Barcelona as well as Costa de Prata. Most visitors come to Barcelona for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

Barcelona is cooler than Costa de Prata in the winter. The daily temperature in Barcelona averages around 9°C (48°F) in January, and Costa de Prata fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

In the winter, Barcelona often gets more sunshine than Costa de Prata. Barcelona gets 146 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Costa de Prata receives 124 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Costa de Prata. Barcelona usually gets less rain in January than Costa de Prata. Barcelona gets 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Barcelona 9°C (48°F) 
    Costa de Prata 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Barcelona or Costa de Prata in the Spring?

Both Costa de Prata and Barcelona are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The spring months attract visitors to Barcelona because of the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Barcelona is cooler than Costa de Prata. Typically, the spring temperatures in Barcelona in April average around 13°C (55°F), and Costa de Prata averages at about 15°C (59°F).

It's quite sunny in Costa de Prata. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Barcelona. Barcelona usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Costa de Prata during spring. Barcelona gets 204 hours of sunny skies, while Costa de Prata receives 217 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Barcelona usually receives less rain than Costa de Prata. Barcelona gets 51 mm (2 in) of rain, while Costa de Prata receives 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Barcelona 13°C (55°F) 
    Costa de Prata 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Costa de Prata and Barcelona

Barcelona Costa de Prata
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 9°C (48°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
Feb 10°C (50°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 12°C (53°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Mar 11°C (52°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 13°C (56°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in) 15°C (59°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
May 16°C (61°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 17°C (63°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jun 20°C (67°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 21°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 22 mm (0.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 66 mm (2.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Sep 21°C (70°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 22°C (71°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 17°C (63°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 18°C (65°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Dec 10°C (49°F) 50 mm (2 in) 11°C (52°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)