A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Corfu vs. Barcelona for Food, Nightlife, Beaches, and Families

Should you visit Corfu or Barcelona?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Corfu or Barcelona, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Corfu

Corfu is a stunning, natural, and breathtaking island. You'll find world class beauty here as well. It's also known for nightlife, food, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Barcelona

Barcelona is a friendly, colorful, and laid-back city. With plenty of activities and things to do, it's a huge city that draws plenty of visitors. Many visitors also come because of it's amazing beauty. Visitors also love the live music, food, and beaches.

Corfu and Barcelona: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty


How is Corfu different from Barcelona?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Corfu or Barcelona Better for Food?

Corfu
Barcelona

Foodies will find both Corfu and Barcelona both to be unique destinations.

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Corfu is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. The island's local dishes are heavily influenced by the surrounding areas. You'll find similarities to Greek and Venetian dishes as well France and Mediterranean flavors. Common ingredients include wine, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice and several traditional dishes that you should try include pastitsado (red wine stew), sofrito (garlic seasoned beef), and veal fricando (roasted veal).

Many restaurants in Barcelona have been singled out for their culinary prowess. 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 Corfu or Barcelona Better for Nightlife?

Corfu
Barcelona

If the nightlife is your priority, you'll find comparable options between Corfu and Barcelona.

The nightlife in Corfu has something for everybody. It's a large island that attracts a number of students, so you can expect a party during the summer months. The most popular areas for nightlife are Kavos, Ipsos, Kontokali, and Sidari. You'll also find clubs in many of the resorts and there are often all night parties even during the off seasons.

The nightlife in Barcelona is well established with world renowned clubs and venues. 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.

Is Corfu or Barcelona Better for Beaches?

Corfu
Barcelona

Both Corfu and Barcelona have beaches worth visiting.

The beaches in Corfu are among the best in the world. The island is known for its stunning beaches which offer a diversity of settings ranging from family-friendly to natural or party-focused. The most famous beach resort area is Paleokastritsa but other nice places include Pelekas, Agios Gordis, and Glyfada. On the western side of the island you'll find mostly long sandy beaches and on the eastern side you'll find more pebble beaches.

Barcelona is considered to be a world-class beach destination. 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 Corfu or Barcelona Better for Shopping?

Corfu
Barcelona

If you're looking to go shopping, Corfu and Barcelona both offer plenty of spots.

Corfu is well-known for its shopping. You'll find most of the shops concentrated in Corfu Town. Popular items to purchase include leather goods, jewelry, ceramics, and items made from olive wood.

Barcelona is a world class destination for shoppers. Head to Portal De L’Angel, Rambla de Catalunya, or Passeig De Gracia for some of the city's best shopping districts.

Is Corfu or Barcelona Better for Families?

Corfu
Barcelona

Corfu and Barcelona are both fun destinations for the whole family.

Corfu is an amazing family-friendly island to visit. Because it is so beautiful with amazing beaches, it makes an ideal destination for kids and adults. There are many places where kids can swim as well as a number of great activities for everyone. The whole family will enjoy glass bottom boat rides, horseback riding, and even a visit to the popular Hydropolis Waterpark. There are also a huge number of kid-friendly resorts around the island.

Barcelona is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. 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 Corfu or Barcelona Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Corfu
Barcelona

For backpackers, both Corfu and Barcelona are fairly comparable places to visit.

Many backpackers visit Corfu. The island is a favorite, particularly during the crowded summer months. There are a number of hostels where backpackers can stay and an active nightlife if that's your style. There are also quiet and more peaceful settings if you want to escape the crowds.

Barcelona is a very popular island to visit for backpackers. 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.

Is Corfu or Barcelona Better for Public Transit?

Corfu
Barcelona

Corfu and Barcelona both offer public transit to get you around.

The public transit in Corfu can get you around easily. There's a decent public bus system on the island. The blue buses stay near Corfu Town while the green buses go further around the island.

Visitors in Barcelona can get around quickly with the extensive public transit system. There's a metro, bus, and tram system that navigates the city.

Is Corfu or Barcelona a more walkable city?

Corfu
Barcelona

Corfu and Barcelona are similar when it comes to walkability.

Corfu is a very walkable island. It's easy to walk around Corfu Town, and if you plan to spend most of your time at the beach there's really no need for a car.

Barcelona is a very walkable destination. 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.

Should I spend more time in Barcelona or Corfu?

How long in Corfu or Barcelona?

Both Corfu and Barcelona have a number of activities to choose from. You can spend a similar amount of time exploring either.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Corfu is 5-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Barcelona is 3-7 days.


  • How many days in Corfu or Barcelona? Ideal Length of Stay
    Corfu 5-7 
    Barcelona 3-7

One day in Corfu or Barcelona?

You'll find scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping around the island of Corfu. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Each neighborhood in Barcelona has its own distinct appeal, so there are pleny of areas to explore. It's also a great beach destination, too. This city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.


A weekend in Corfu or Barcelona?

You'll find shopping and nightlife around the striking destination of Corfu. Hikers are also drawn to this area. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. This island offers a variety of activities to choose from.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Barcelona. Most visitors spend time around the old town while in the area. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Five days in Corfu or Barcelona?

You'll find nightlife and food around the natural island of Corfu. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. If you have five days, this island makes for a great vacation. It's also a relaxing resort destination. Five days should give you a good understanding of everything this island has to offer.

Barcelona is a fun place to experience. Each neighborhood in Barcelona has its own distinct appeal, so there are pleny of areas to explore. You'll find plenty of activities on the beach. This would be the perfect place to spend five days, as it has just the right amount of activities.

A week in Corfu or Barcelona?

Corfu is a popular choice for travelers. One week here is typical. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Corfu, one week is sufficent for most. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Each neighborhood in Barcelona has its own distinct appeal, so there are pleny of areas to explore. Plenty of people spend one week in the area when traveling. Most people come for the beaches. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is often enough time to do most activities.

Which city is cheaper, Barcelona or Corfu?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Corfu is €90, 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 Corfu and Barcelona in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Corfu 39
    Barcelona 75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Corfu 78
    Barcelona 150
Compare Hotels in Corfu and Barcelona

Looking for a hotel in Corfu or Barcelona? 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 Corfu


Hotels in Barcelona


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Corfu 44
    Barcelona 15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Corfu

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

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Corfu to Ioannis Kapodistrias Int. Airport (CFU): $18
  • Private Corfu Transfer: Corfu Hotel to Corfu Cruise Port: $23
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Corfu Airport: $23
  • Shared Arrival Transfer -Corfu Airport to Hotel: $25
  • Shared Departure Transfer -Corfu Airport to Hotel: $25
  • Shared Transfer: Hotel to Corfu Airport: $30
  • Corfu Airport to Hotel Shared Arrival Transfer: $31
  • Private Minivan Airport Transfer: $31
  • Premium Class Corfu Private Transfers: $36
  • Wheelchair Accessible Transfer From-To Airport: $53
  • Departure Private Transfer from Island to Corfu Airport CFU or Port by Minivan: $62
  • (CFU) Corfu Airport To Barbati Private Transfer: $86

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:

  • Private 5 days in Barcelona with private transfers and private tours: $1,524
  • Private 5 days in Barcelona with tours and transfers and pick up and drop off: $1,213
  • Private Round-Trip transfer from Barcelona Airport or Barcelona city to Andorra: $876
  • Private 3 days in Barcelona with private tours and transfers: $796
  • Montserrat Monastery Tour & Hot Air Balloon Flight, Including Transfer, Lunch, Photos, Cava: $791
  • Private Transfer & Tours to Andorra from Barcelona 10 Hours: $597
  • Barcelona city or airport to Andorra Private Transfer: $564
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona travel to Andorra: $554
  • Transfer Barcelona-Madrid: $531
  • Private Round-Trip Transfer to Montserrat from Barcelona: $529
  • Private Transfer: Andorra to Barcelona City or BCN Airport by Luxury Van: $522
  • Barcelona city to Andorra Private Transfer: $520

Is it cheaper to fly into Corfu or Barcelona?

Prices for flights to both Barcelona and Corfu 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
    Corfu 25
    Barcelona 27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Corfu

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

  • Greek Cooking Class & Meal at a Local Family Home: $80

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.
    Corfu 12
    Barcelona 27

Tours and Activities in Corfu

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

  • Winery tour with Wine and Olive tasting at Theotoky Estate in Corfu: $12
  • Royalty Winery tour with tasting at Theotoky Estate in Corfu: $16
  • Corfu Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour: $22
  • Ghost Stories and Legends Tour: $31
  • Sunset at the Shipwreck Beach | Beach Discovery Tour: $32
  • Corfu Ghost Stories and Legends Night Tour: $34
  • Corfu Town: Evening Guided Tour With Wine: $37
  • Paxos and Antipaxos Full-Day Island Hopping Tour: $40
  • From Day Cruise to Paxos, Antipaxos, & the Blue Caves: $40
  • Historic Buildings and Great Personalities Tour: $42
  • Corfu Town: Evening Guided Tour With Wine: $42
  • 3 Hours Corfu Old Town Walking Tour: History and Architecture: $54

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:

  • #1dayBarcelona. 6-Hour Action Packed Private City Discovery Tour: $549
  • 'Game Of Thrones' Small Group Tour in Girona from Barcelona: $125
  • 1 hour private sailing tour: $158
  • 1,5 hour Vermut & Sailing Experience Barcelona with drinks and snacks!: $41
  • 1-hour Private Speedboat Cruise from Barcelona: $372
  • 1.5-Hour Sights of Barcelona E-Bike Tour Led by a Local Guide: $34
  • 2 Hours Private Sailing Tour for Family and Friends: $316
  • 2 Hours Running Tour in Barcelona with Local Guide: $35
  • 2 hour Private Sunset Sailing Cruise Barcelona: $372
  • 2 hour Sailing Cruise Barcelona: $47
  • 2 hour Sunset Sailing Cruise Barcelona: $47
  • 2 hours Exclusive Sunrise Sailing Experience from Port Vell: $335

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Corfu 6.85
    Barcelona 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Corfu

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

  • Corfu-Private Winery tour with Wine tasting at Theotoky Estate: $15
  • Wine Tasting and optional Olive Tasting at Theotoky Estate: $16
  • Private tour to Paleokastritsa & Wine tasting from Corfu: $266
  • Private Corfu Full-Day Wine Tasting Shore Excursion: $468
  • Private Corfu Highlights and Wine Tour: $549

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


When is the best time to visit Corfu or Barcelona?

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 Corfu or Barcelona in the Summer?

Both Barcelona and Corfu during the summer are popular places to visit. The beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Corfu this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Barcelona for the beaches, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Corfu is generally around the same temperature as Barcelona. Temperatures in Corfu average around 25°C (76°F), and Barcelona stays around 23°C (73°F).

In Barcelona, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Corfu. In the summer, Corfu often gets more sunshine than Barcelona. Corfu gets 358 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Barcelona receives 308 hours of full sun.

Corfu usually gets less rain in July than Barcelona. Corfu gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 22 mm (0.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Corfu 25°C (76°F) 
    Barcelona 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Corfu or Barcelona in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Corfu and Barcelona. Many travelers come to Corfu for the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Also, 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.

Corfu is around the same temperature as Barcelona in the autumn. The temperature in Corfu is usually 18°C (65°F) in October, and Barcelona stays around 17°C (63°F).

Corfu usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Barcelona during autumn. Corfu gets 178 hours of sunny skies, while Barcelona receives 181 hours of full sun in the autumn.

Corfu gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Corfu usually receives more rain than Barcelona. Corfu gets 148 mm (5.8 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Corfu 18°C (65°F) 
    Barcelona 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Corfu or Barcelona in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Corfu as well as Barcelona. Many visitors come to Corfu in the winter for the shopping scene and the cuisine. Also, most visitors come to Barcelona for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

In the winter, Corfu is around the same temperature as Barcelona. Typically, the winter temperatures in Corfu in January are around 10°C (49°F), and Barcelona is about 9°C (48°F).

In the winter, Corfu often gets less sunshine than Barcelona. Corfu gets 112 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Barcelona receives 146 hours of full sun.

Corfu receives a lot of rain in the winter. Corfu usually gets more rain in January than Barcelona. Corfu gets 132 mm (5.2 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Corfu 10°C (49°F) 
    Barcelona 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Corfu or Barcelona in the Spring?

Both Barcelona and Corfu are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Corfu for the beaches and the natural beauty during these months. Also, the spring months attract visitors to Barcelona because of the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

In April, Corfu is generally around the same temperature as Barcelona. Temperatures in Corfu average around 14°C (58°F), and Barcelona stays around 13°C (55°F).

It's quite sunny in Barcelona. Corfu usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Barcelona during spring. Corfu gets 195 hours of sunny skies, while Barcelona receives 204 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Corfu usually receives more rain than Barcelona. Corfu gets 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Corfu 14°C (58°F) 
    Barcelona 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Barcelona and Corfu

Corfu Barcelona
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (49°F) 132 mm (5.2 in) 9°C (48°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 10°C (50°F) 136 mm (5.4 in) 10°C (50°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
Mar 12°C (53°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 11°C (52°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 14°C (58°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in)
May 18°C (65°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 16°C (61°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 20°C (67°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Jul 25°C (76°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 23°C (73°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 18 mm (0.7 in) 23°C (74°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 75 mm (3 in) 21°C (70°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 18°C (65°F) 148 mm (5.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Nov 14°C (58°F) 181 mm (7.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Dec 11°C (52°F) 180 mm (7.1 in) 10°C (49°F) 50 mm (2 in)


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