A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Cadiz vs. Barcelona for Attractions, Food, Nightlife, and Beaches

Should you visit Cadiz or Barcelona?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Cadiz and Barcelona 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.

Cadiz

Cadiz is a friendly, undiscovered, and historic port city. It's a gorgeous place to visit. It's also known for nightlife, food, and beaches.

Barcelona

Barcelona is a colorful, laid-back, and historic city. It's an amazing and huge city with tons of activities and things to do. You'll find world class beauty here as well. It's also known for nightlife, live music, and food.

Cadiz and Barcelona: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
Cons
  • Less popular for nightlife
  • Less popular with backpackers
Pros
  • Popular museums and historical sights
  • Good nightlife
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty


How is Cadiz different from Barcelona?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Cadiz or Barcelona Better for Museums and Historical Sights?

Cadiz
Barcelona

Both Cadiz and Barcelona have interesting landmarks and museums for visitors.

Visitors will find world class museums and historical sights in Cadiz that are not to be missed. As the oldest city in Europe, there are countless historic sights and monuments to see. Some of the most interesting historic sights include Catedral Nueva, the Arcos de los Blancos, Torre Tavira, and Museo de Cádiz.

The museums and tourist attractions in Barcelona are world-renowned. Architecture and history all contribute to the city's impressive sights and museums. Famous landmarks include the Basílica de la Sagrada Família, Casa Milà, and the Palace of Catalan Music.


Is Cadiz or Barcelona Better for Food?

Cadiz
Barcelona

There are opportunities to sample the local cuisine at great restaurants in both Cadiz and Barcelona.

With its innovative style combined with traditional elements, Cadiz makes for a great culinary experience. You can expect the freshest seafood with everything from oysters to prawns and even fresh caught fish like Bluefin tuna. Make sure you try the shrimp fritters and papas con choco (cuttlefish and potato stew). Tapas are a great way to sample a number of small local dishes. Also finish your meal of with some churros.

Eat your way through Barcelona, as it has many local or world renowned restaurants to choose from. With easy access to fresh produce, there are many food markets around town. You'll also find great fresh local dishes at the many restaurants. Make sure you try the paella, croquettes, and Jamon Iberico.

Is Cadiz or Barcelona Better for Nightlife?

Cadiz
Barcelona

Party-goers will usually choose Barcelona over Cadiz.

Barcelona is a destination that you simply have to visit at least once for nightlife. The city offers an amazing nightlife at a much more affordable price than many places in Europe. There are beach parties, boat parties, and bars that stay packed late into the night. The city also hosts many street fiestas and music festivals.

With a handful of venues, visitors can find a fairly lively vibe in Cadiz. The nightlife scene is diverse, with both cultural activities and dance clubs to choose from. Whether you're looking for a late night party or a more mellow evening on the town, there are a number of options available.

Is Cadiz or Barcelona Better for Beaches?

Cadiz
Barcelona

Both Cadiz and Barcelona are considered to be good beach destinations.

The beaches at Cadiz attract visitors from all over. The beaches remain relatively undiscovered on the international level, so you won't have to deal with the crowds that you find at many Spanish beaches, even during the high season. The beaches are popular with nearby locals, but the atmosphere remains chill and relaxed. While there are many beaches to choose from outside of town, the closest in town beach is La Caleta. It's even been featured in a few Hollywood films such as Die Another Day.

Barcelona offers stunning beaches that attract visitors from around the world. The city features long sandy beaches where you can soak up the Mediterranean sun right in the heart of town. Popular beaches include Bogatell Beach, Barceloneta Beach, and Nova Icària.

Is Cadiz or Barcelona Better for its Old Town?

Cadiz
Barcelona

Both Cadiz and Barcelona have historic old towns worth visiting.

Cadiz is an extremely popular place to visit the historic old town area. The old town offers a patchwork network of cobblestone streets that intertwine plazas, churches, and historic buildings.

Barcelona offers visitors a world-class historical old town to explore. Dating back 2,000 years the Gothic Quarter remains a hub of life and activity. It's fun to explore the wandering streets or people watch in one of the plazas. There are also many fascinating boutique shops and restaurants.


Is Cadiz or Barcelona Better for Shopping?

Cadiz
Barcelona

Both Cadiz and Barcelona are good shopping destinations.

Cadiz is an extremely popular place for shoppers. There's a diverse mix of local boutiques, food markets, shopping centers, and street markets where you can pick up everything from local items to European fashion. If you happen to be in town on a weekend, keep in mind that many shops are only open in the morning on Saturdays and closed all day Sundays.

Known for shopping, Barcelona draws large crowds to its stores. Head to Portal De L’Angel, Rambla de Catalunya, or Passeig De Gracia for some of the city's best shopping districts.

Is Cadiz or Barcelona Better for Families?

Cadiz
Barcelona

Both Cadiz and Barcelona are fun to visit with kids.

Cadiz is a very family-friendly place to visit. The beaches, waterparks, carnivals and other unique activities make this a great place to visit with kids. There's even a Bee Museum that adults and kids alike will enjoy. And many kids will also find exploring the ruins of Baelo Claudio to be an unforgettable experience.

Because of its large number of kid-friendly activities, Barcelona is very family-friendly. Check out the Magic Fountains Show near Plaça d’Espanya, wander through the aquarium, or sample some chocolate at the Chocolate Museum. There are also many great parks and playgrounds around town.

Is Cadiz or Barcelona Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Cadiz
Barcelona

While Cadiz and Barcelona are both good for backpackers, overall Barcelona is more popular.

Barcelona is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. There are many hostels around town, each with its own personality. Many of the hostels also organize activities or dinners for guests so it's easy to meet other travelers.

Plenty of backpackers visit Cadiz. One of the biggest draws to the city is there huge Carnival festival every February. This is a popular time to visit and backpackers will appreciate the lively atmosphere.

Is Cadiz or Barcelona Better for Public Transit?

Cadiz
Barcelona

Both Cadiz and Barcelona offer public transit options.

Public transit in Cadiz is fairly effecient and thorough. There are five bus lines around town. The buses are comfortable and air conditioned.

Public transit in Barcelona is top-notch. There's a metro, bus, and tram system that navigates the city.


Is Cadiz or Barcelona a more walkable city?

Cadiz
Barcelona

Cadiz and Barcelona both are comparable when exploring on foot.

Cadiz is very walkable. It is a walkable city that is historic and compact enough to explore on foot.

Barcelona is a very walkable port city. The city is more spread out than some other major European cities, but there are many plazas and outdoor areas that are fun to explore on foot. The city has designed "superilles," which are areas where car traffic has been directed around pedestrian-friendly plazas so visitors can explore, relax, or play.

Which city is cheaper, Barcelona or Cadiz?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Cadiz is €122, while the average daily cost in Barcelona is €123. 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 Cadiz and Barcelona in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Cadiz 61
    Barcelona 75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Cadiz 122
    Barcelona 150
Compare Hotels in Cadiz and Barcelona

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Hotels in Cadiz


Hotels in Barcelona


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Cadiz 24
    Barcelona 15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cadiz

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cadiz:

  • Transfer from Seville to Cadiz: $251
  • Private Transfer Cadiz,Cordoba, Ronda or Chiclana to Seville SVQ by Business Car: $394
  • Private Transfer from Cádiz to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $475
  • Private Transfer from Madrid to Faro (FAO) Airport: $761
  • Private Transfer from Cádiz to Faro (FAO) Airport: $761

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:

  • Ultra - Barcelona Private Transfer from City Centre to Barcelona Cruise Port: $9.41
  • Ultra - Barcelona Private Transfer from Barcelona Cruise Port to City Centre: $9.41
  • Ultra - Barcelona Private Airport Transfer city centre to El Prat Airport BCN: $9.41
  • Airport Transfers: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer from Barcelona City Center to El-Prat Airport (BCN): $24
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona City to Barcelona Airport: $27
  • Barcelona Airport Transfers: $27
  • Barcelona Airport Transfer: $28
  • Private Transfer from Bcn City Centre to Bcn Cruise Terminal: $29
  • Barcelona Private Transfer from City Centre to Cruise Terminal: $29
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona City Centre to Barcelona Cruise Terminal: $29
  • Barcelona Private Transfer from City Centre to Cruise Terminal: $29

Is it cheaper to fly into Cadiz or Barcelona?

Prices for flights to both Barcelona and Cadiz 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
    Cadiz 36
    Barcelona 27
Typical Food prices in Cadiz

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


  • Dinner and Tapas
    15
  • Lunch for 1
    10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cadiz

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

  • Food Tour Cadiz: $78
  • Food Tour Cadiz: $78

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.

  • Live from Potato Gnocchi Online Cooking Class: $23
  • Live from Barcelona to China: Potato Gnocchi Online Cooking Class: $23
  • Barcelona organic dinner in a beautiful rooftop garden: $35
  • Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour: $48
  • Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona: $49
  • Hands-on Brunch Cooking Class with Bottomless Mimosas!: $50
  • Born district food tour and tasting in Barcelona: $51
  • Street Food Tour & Gothic Quater Sightseeing with Local Expert: $52
  • Barcelona Street Food Tour: Local Market & Gothic Quarter with Expert Guide: $52
  • Tasty Barcelona Street Food Tour With Local Market Visit: $59
  • Skip the Line: Flamenco Show and Dinner Ticket: $62
  • 2-Hour Bites & Flavors Private Food Tour: $66

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Cadiz 22
    Barcelona 27
Typical Entertainment prices in Cadiz

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


  • Cadiz Sightseeing Tour
    15

Tours and Activities in Cadiz

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

  • Cadiz Economic Walking Tour: $6.22
  • Cadiz Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Cadiz Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • City Sightseeing Cadiz Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • Cadiz Shore Excursion: ancient city walking tour with wine & cheese tasting: $31
  • Bike Tour of Cadiz: $32
  • City Sightseeing Guided Tour by Bike: $33
  • Private Tour with a Local: $34
  • Cadiz Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $44
  • Bike Tour in Cadiz: $45
  • 3-hour Guided Tour with Entry Tickets: $56
  • Jerez Historic Guided Tour with Horse Show: $65
  • Cadiz Discovery City Tour - Shore Excursion from Cadiz: $67

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:

  • A Culinary Audio Tour of El Born by VoiceMap: $5.50
  • Self-Guided Tour with Over 100 Sights: $5.67
  • Private Barcelona Ghost Tour: Gothic Quarter Exploration Game: $7.45
  • Museu de la Xocolata Admission Ticket: $7.46
  • History Museum of Catalonia Skip-The-Line Ticket: $9.08
  • Skip the Line: Erotic Museum of Barcelona Admission Ticket with free souvenir: $9.95
  • Skip the Line: Human Bodies - Entrance to the exhibition Ticket: $9.95
  • Skip the Line: History Museum of Catalonia & Rooftop Access Ticket: $9.95
  • Guided Tour at Catalonia's Royal Academy of Medicine: $10
  • Guided Tour at Barcelona's Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts: $10
  • IDEAL Frida Kahlo, the Life of an Icon Ticket: $10
  • Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Entry Ticket: $10

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Cadiz 23
    Barcelona 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Barcelona

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Barcelona:

  • Estrella Damm Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $9.08
  • Generation Pub Crawl in Barcelona: $19
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl: $20
  • Wine Tasting Experience in Barcelona: $22
  • Opera Samfaina: Food and Wine Tasting Interactive Experience in Barcelona: $26
  • Wine tasting & tapas: $39
  • Barcelona Guided Local Wine Tasting Tour: $44
  • Wine Tasting near Sagrada Familia: $47
  • Home Food and Wine Tasting with Wine Lover: $51
  • Fun Wine Tasting in Barcelona with a Sommelier!: $53
  • Spanish wine tasting in a historic building with a Sommelier: $54
  • Food Tasting Tapas and Wine Tour: $62


When comparing the travel costs between Cadiz and Barcelona, 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.


When is the best time to visit Cadiz or Barcelona?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Cadiz or Barcelona in the Summer?

Both Barcelona and Cadiz are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The summer months attract visitors to Cadiz because of the beaches and the family-friendly experiences. Also, the beaches, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Barcelona this time of year.

Cadiz is around the same temperature as Barcelona in the summer. The temperature in Cadiz is usually 25°C (77°F) in July, and Barcelona stays around 23°C (73°F).

It's quite sunny in Barcelona. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cadiz. Cadiz usually receives more sunshine than Barcelona during summer. Cadiz gets 356 hours of sunny skies, while Barcelona receives 308 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Cadiz usually receives less rain than Barcelona. Cadiz gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 22 mm (0.9 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Cadiz 25°C (77°F) 
    Barcelona 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Cadiz or Barcelona in the Autumn?

Both Barcelona and Cadiz during the autumn are popular places to visit. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Cadiz this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Barcelona for the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Cadiz is a little warmer than Barcelona. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Cadiz in October are around 20°C (68°F), and Barcelona is about 17°C (63°F).

It's quite sunny in Cadiz. In the autumn, Cadiz often gets more sunshine than Barcelona. Cadiz gets 235 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Barcelona receives 181 hours of full sun.

Cadiz usually gets less rain in October than Barcelona. Cadiz gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Cadiz 20°C (68°F) 
    Barcelona 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Cadiz or Barcelona in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Cadiz and Barcelona. Many travelers come to Cadiz for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Also, many visitors come to Barcelona in the winter for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Cadiz is generally a little warmer than Barcelona. Temperatures in Cadiz average around 13°C (55°F), and Barcelona stays around 9°C (48°F).

Cadiz usually receives more sunshine than Barcelona during winter. Cadiz gets 174 hours of sunny skies, while Barcelona receives 146 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Cadiz usually receives more rain than Barcelona. Cadiz gets 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Cadiz 13°C (55°F) 
    Barcelona 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Cadiz or Barcelona in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Cadiz as well as Barcelona. Many visitors come to Cadiz in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, most visitors come to Barcelona for the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty during these months.

Cadiz is a little warmer than Barcelona in the spring. The temperature in Cadiz is usually 17°C (63°F) in April, and Barcelona stays around 13°C (55°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Barcelona. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cadiz this time of the year. In the spring, Cadiz often gets more sunshine than Barcelona. Cadiz gets 253 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Barcelona receives 204 hours of full sun.

Cadiz usually gets less rain in April than Barcelona. Cadiz gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Cadiz 17°C (63°F) 
    Barcelona 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Barcelona and Cadiz

Cadiz Barcelona
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 9°C (48°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 10°C (50°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
Mar 16°C (61°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 27 mm (1.1 in) 16°C (61°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 20°C (67°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 23°C (74°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Sep 23°C (73°F) 24 mm (0.9 in) 21°C (70°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 17°C (63°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Nov 17°C (63°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 13°C (55°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Dec 14°C (57°F) 92 mm (3.6 in) 10°C (49°F) 50 mm (2 in)


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