A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Canary Islands vs. Catalonia for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Canary Islands or Catalonia?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Canary Islands and Catalonia 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: Canary Islands or Catalonia?

Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are a territory of Spain located off the northwest coast of Africa. Made up of rugged volcanic islands, the archipelago is known for its black and white sand beaches with great surf as well as opportunities for hiking, biking, snorkeling, and scuba amongst other activities.


Catalonia is a famous autonomous community in Spain. It is situated in the northeastern part of the country and consists of four provinces. The provinces consist of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. Barcelona is not only the capital of Catalonia, but is also the biggest city in the region. Because Barcelona is such a large city and Catalonia’s long history of international trade, the area is a very popular tourist destination. Another reason for Catalonia’s success is its temperate climate. Two other reasons that make Catalonia different from other areas in Spain are, people speak Catalan, Spanish and Aranese, and its climate has both beaches and mountain ranges.

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Which place is cheaper, Catalonia or Canary Islands?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Canary Islands is €145, while the average daily cost in Catalonia is €0.00. 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 Canary Islands and Catalonia in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Canary Islands 71
    Catalonia -
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Canary Islands 142
    Catalonia 0.00
Compare Hotels in Canary Islands and Catalonia

Looking for a hotel in Canary Islands or Catalonia? 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 Canary Islands

Hotels in Catalonia

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Canary Islands 51
    Catalonia -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Catalonia

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

  • Barcelona City to Sant Train Station Barcelona private transfer: $31
  • Transfer From Barcelona Airport to Barcelona Cruise Port: $40
  • Airport Transfer: $120
  • Airport Transfers Barcelona Minivan : $75
  • Arrival Barcelona Airport Private Transfer: $31
  • Arrival Transfer El Prat Airport BCN to Barcelona by Luxury Car: $130
  • Arrival Transfer El Prat Airport BCN to Barcelona by Luxury Van: $91
  • Arrival Transfer from Barcelona Airport BCN to Barcelona in Private Car/Van: $80
  • Arrival Transfer: Cruise Port to Barcelona by Business Car: $86
  • Arrival Transfer: Cruise Port to Barcelona by Luxury Van: $90
  • BOOK Transfer From Cruise Port to Barcelona Airport: $40
  • Barcelona - Salou private transfer: $185

Is it cheaper to fly into Canary Islands or Catalonia?

Prices for flights to both Catalonia and Canary Islands 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 Meals for one day
    Canary Islands 41
    Catalonia -

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Catalonia

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

  • Barcelona Street Food Tour with Local Market & City Center Visit: $21
  • Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona with Set Lunch or Dinner: $30
  • Tasty Barcelona Street Food Tour With Local Market Visit : $32
  • Barcelona Street Food Tour: Local Market & Gothic Quarter with Expert Guide: $42
  • Paella Cooking Experience and Wine in Barcelona: $60
  • Barcelona Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $68
  • Tablao de Carmen Flamenco Show with Tasting Menu or Dinner: $74
  • Guided Food Tour with Tapas and Dinner in El Born Barcelona: $75
  • Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona: $75
  • Barcelona Tipsy Tapas Guided Food Tour with Dinner: $75
  • Spanish Culinary Experience: Paella & Tapas Cooking Class: $82
  • Taste Barcelona Like a Local: Food Tour of Gracia Neighborhood: $87

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Canary Islands 24
    Catalonia -

Tours and Activities in Canary Islands

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

  • Best of the South Tour - Electric Bike Tour: $106
  • E-bike tours, Visit volcanoes, wild north shore coast & more: $69
  • Fuerteventura Christmas Charm: A Festive Walking Tour: $614
  • Fuerteventura’s Cultural Gems: A Walking Tour: $508
  • Lanzarote: A Different Perspective Guided Driving Tour: $160
  • Lanzarote: Guided Mountain Bike Tour: $64
  • Teide Volcano Ride - Electric Bike Tour: $106
  • Tenerife : Pack of 2 Private Dives for Experienced Divers: $160
  • Tenerife: 4,5 Hours Sunset Buggy Tour from South Tenerife: $208
  • Tenerife: quad tour guided visit to Teide: $80

Tours and Activities in Catalonia

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

  • Self-Guided Tours Barcelona: 150+ Captivating Audio Stories: $3.25
  • Barcelona Gothic Quarter: History&Legends Comedy Tour: $3.25
  • Barcelona Gaudi and Sagrada Familia Tour: $3.26
  • Gaudí & Sagrada Familia Free Tour in English : $3.26
  • Gaudi and La Sagrada Familia Exterior Self-Guided Audio Tour : $5.00
  • Tarragona Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self Guided Tour: $5.42
  • Private Audio Guided Walking Tour in Barcelona: $5.43
  • Walking Tour in Barcelona with Arabic Guide: $5.44
  • Gothic Quarter & Old Town Barcelona Walking Tour : $5.44
  • Walking Tour to Parc de la Sèquia from Manresa: $5.99
  • Entrance ticket to the Girona Art Museum: $6.51
  • Tarragona Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.59

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Canary Islands 8.48
    Catalonia -

Sample the Local Flavors in Catalonia

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

  • Visit winery and wine tasting: $13
  • Barcelona: Original Pub Crawl: $13
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl by KING - Free shot and VIP Entry: $16
  • Estrella Damm Old Brewery Barcelona Guided Tour with Beer Tasting: $22
  • Nightlife Tour - Barcelona Bar Crawl with Flamingos: $23
  • Barcelona Bar Crawl: $26
  • Barcelona Halloween Bar Crawl: $27
  • Art, Galleries & Wine Tour: $30
  • Small-Group Natural and Organic Wine Tasting near Sitges: $33
  • Bar Crawl at Gaixample: $44
  • Fun Wine Tasting in Barcelona with a Sommelier!: $46
  • Drunken History Pub Crawl Walking Tour with 4 Drinks Included: $48

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

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