A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Corfu vs. Marbella for Food, Nightlife, Resorts, and Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Should you visit Corfu or Marbella?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Corfu or Marbella, 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 relaxing, stunning, and natural island. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. Visitors also love the food, scuba diving and snorkeling, and beaches.

Marbella

Marbella is a high energy, ritzy, and glamorous resort town. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. Visitors also love the live music, food, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Corfu and Marbella: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Good public transit
  • Impressive beauty
Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for food
  • Public transit not as usable


How is Corfu different from Marbella?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Food?

Corfu
Marbella

Foodies will appreciated the dining options available in Corfu a bit more than Marbella.

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).

There are many up and coming restaurants in the Marbella area. The area is filled with tourists, so finding an authentic dining experience can be difficult. Several favorite dishes include croquetas, boquerones, and pulpo.


Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Nightlife?

Corfu
Marbella

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

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 Marbella is well established with world renowned clubs and venues. European tourists flock to the town for its beaches and resorts. The town has a glamorous nightlife scene with exclusive clubs and ritzy cocktail bars, particularly in Puerto Banus and along the Golden Mile.

Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Resorts?

Corfu
Marbella

With a similar set of options, resorts can be found in both Corfu and Marbella.

Corfu offers an unforgettable resort vacation. The diversity of resorts, from family-friendly to romantic or all-inclusive, means there really is something for everyone. There are also a number of villages so you can find a location that perfectly lines up with your needs.

Marbella is a world class resort vacation destination. From luxury to family-friendly, this area has plenty of resorts to choose from. Popular resorts in the area include Marbella Club Hotel, Puente Romano Marbella, and Don Carlos Resort and Spa.

Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Corfu
Marbella

You'll find snorkeling or scuba diving in both Corfu and Marbella.

Many visitors go to Corfu to enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. The island is large enough that it has a number of spots to choose from. One of the most beautiful is Afionas, in Port Timone. It's only accessible by boat or a 45 minute hike. Paleokastritsa is a more accessible snorkeling and dive area with facilities and luxury villas where you can stay. For scuba diving, you can also head to Agni, but the busy boat traffic means it's not the best place for snorkeling.

Marbella is a world class destination for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are more than 100 dive sights and endless snorkeling opportunities in the area. There are deep offshore reefs that you can explore as well as shallower wrecks and caves.

Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Beaches?

Corfu
Marbella

Both Corfu and Marbella 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.

Marbella is considered to be a world-class beach destination. The area boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. They are hubs of activity with lots of energy, and there are more than 18 miles of sandy beach in the area. Popular options include Guadalmina Beach, San Pedro de Alcántara Beach, and Nueva Andalucía Beach.


Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Shopping?

Corfu
Marbella

If you're looking to go shopping, Corfu and Marbella 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.

Marbella is a world class destination for shoppers. This area attracts vacationers from around Europe and the shopping is some of the best in Europe.

Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Families?

Corfu
Marbella

Corfu and Marbella 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.

Marbella is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. The area has beautiful, family-friendly beaches and many resorts with pools that are great for kids.

Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Couples?

Corfu
Marbella

Corfu and Marbella are both fun to visit as a couple.

Corfu has so much to offer for a romantic couple's vacation. It's idyllic natural setting and stunning beaches make this a truly romantic island. It's a favorite honeymoon destination for newlyweds from around the world. There are luxury hotels and resorts that have spas, pools, and fine dining options. Whether you're looking for a place to relax or a more adventurous experience, you'll find it all here.

Marbella is a great island for couples, as it has plenty to offer. The area has luxury resorts, nice beaches, water sports, golf, and water activities that are perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic weekend or a honeymoon.

Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Corfu
Marbella

For backpackers, both Corfu and Marbella 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.

Marbella is a good island to visit for backpackers. There are a few good hostels in the area for backpackers who want to enjoy this part of Spain's cost. There's also a lively nightlife scene and plenty of opportunities to meet others.


Is Corfu or Marbella Better for Public Transit?

Corfu
Marbella

Corfu has better 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.

Public transit is generally limited in Marbella. There is a bus system through the area, but most visitors prefer to get around by car.

Is Corfu or Marbella a more walkable city?

Corfu
Marbella

Corfu and Marbella 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.

Marbella is a very walkable destination. The old town is particularly walkable and there are a number of hotels and nice resorts within a short walk of the town along a nice promenade.

Should I spend more time in Marbella or Corfu?

How long in Corfu or Marbella?

In either Corfu or Marbella, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Corfu than Marbella because of the overall number of sights and activities.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Corfu is 5-7 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Marbella is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Corfu or Marbella? Ideal Length of Stay
    Corfu 5-7 
    Marbella 2-5

One day in Corfu or Marbella?

The beautiful island of Corfu offers food and scuba diving and snorkeling. Many visitors also spend a good bit of time hiking. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

In Marbella, many people enjoy the live music and food that this ritzy destination offers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. This resort town 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 Marbella?

Corfu is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. Take your pick from the many activities offered here.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Marbella. For many, it makes a great getaway for a weekend. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. This would be the perfect place to spend a weekend, as it has just the right amount of activities. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.


Five days in Corfu or Marbella?

Corfu is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Corfu, five days is sufficent for most. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Marbella is a fun place to experience. In Marbella, many people enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping that this destination offers. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. This would be the perfect place to spend five days, as it has just the right amount of activities.

A week in Corfu or Marbella?

Corfu is a great place to explore. It is common to spend one week here. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. One week is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Corfu has to offer. This island offers something for everyone.

You'll find shopping and nightlife around the fun-filled destination of Marbella. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

Which city is cheaper, Marbella 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 Marbella is €93. 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 Marbella in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Corfu 39
    Marbella 49
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Corfu 78
    Marbella 98
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Hotels in Corfu


Hotels in Marbella


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Corfu 44
    Marbella 19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Corfu

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

  • Wheelchair Accessible Transfer From-To Airport: $53
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Sidari, up to 7 customers: $201
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Sidari, up to 16 customers: $249
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Roda, up to 7 customers: $201
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Roda, up to 16 customers: $249
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Perama, up to 7 customers: $101
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Perama, up to 16 customers: $135
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Nissaki, up to 7 customers: $158
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Nissaki, up to 16 customers: $201
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Moraitika, up to 7 customers: $135
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Moraitika, up to 16 customers: $154
  • Transfer from Corfu Airport or Port to Messonghi, up to 7 customers: $135

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marbella

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

  • Private Transfer Marbella, Malaga, Gibraltar or Tarifa to Seville SVQ by Minivan: $698
  • Private Transfer Marbella, Malaga, Gibraltar or Tarifa to Seville SVQ by Sedan: $568
  • Private Transfer from Marbella to Malaga (AGP) airport: $151
  • Private Transfer from La Quinta Golf Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $151
  • Private Transfer from Nueva Andalucía to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $144
  • Private Transfer from Los Monteros to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $122
  • Private Transfer from Elviria to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Las Chapas to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Hotel Marbella Beach Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Marbesa to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Lomas De Cabopino to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to MARBELLA-PRICE ALL INCLUSIVE: $106

Is it cheaper to fly into Corfu or Marbella?

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Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Corfu 25
    Marbella 31

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Marbella

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

  • Cooking courses at home & online: $75
  • Tapas & Paella Cooking Course: $80
  • Food Tour: $85

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Corfu 12
    Marbella 15

Tours and Activities in Corfu

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

  • 3 Hours Corfu Old Town Walking Tour: History and Architecture: $54
  • 8 Day Corfu Cruise: $809
  • Achillio, Mouse Island, Pelekas Tour, Corfu: $536
  • Best of Corfu Private Tour: $697
  • Best of Full-Day Private Sightseeing Tour: $224
  • Best of Half Day Private Sightseeing Tour: $149
  • Corfu Beaches & Corfu Town: Full Day Private Tour: $169
  • Corfu Ghost Stories and Legends Night Tour: $34
  • Corfu Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour: $22
  • Corfu Island Sightseeing Tour: $96
  • Corfu Island Sightseeing Tour: $86
  • Corfu Private Night Tour: $319

Tours and Activities in Marbella

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

  • Alhambra Private Tour from with Transport and skip-the-line tickets: $386
  • Bike City Tour Marbella: $32
  • Can-am Route Experience: $77
  • Casares private half-day Tour from Marbella or Malaga: $299
  • E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour departing from Marbella: $93
  • From Blue to Blue - Hiking tour in the Rif Mountains of Morocco: $1,151
  • From Costa del Sol: Casares Private Tour: $274
  • Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol: $33
  • Granada and Alhambra from Marbella and Costa del Sol: Vip Private Tour: $862
  • Half-day White Villages E-Mountain Bike Tour: $148
  • Marbella Gourmet Tapas Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $88
  • Marbella Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $41

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Corfu 6.85
    Marbella 4.57

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 Marbella

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

  • Tour of the Old Town with Wine Tasting & Tapas: $112
  • E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca: $123
  • Manilva & Gaucin Wine Tour from the Costa del Sol: $160
  • Ronda Full Day Wine Tour from Marbella: $210
  • VIP Wine Tour through the Guadalhorce Valley & Wolf Sanctuary Visit: $360
  • Ronda Private Wine Tour and Tapas from Marbella: $406
  • VIP Ronda Wine Tour and Tasting and Gourmet Lunch Experience with Winemaker: $778


When comparing the travel costs between Corfu and Marbella, we can see that Marbella 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 Corfu or Marbella?

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 Corfu or Marbella in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Corfu and Marbella. The summer months attract visitors to Corfu because of the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences. Also, the beaches, snorkeling, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Marbella this time of year.

Corfu is around the same temperature as Marbella in the summer. The temperature in Corfu is usually 25°C (76°F) in July, and Marbella stays around 25°C (77°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Marbella this time of the year. In Corfu, it's very sunny this time of the year. Corfu usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Marbella during summer. Corfu gets 358 hours of sunny skies, while Marbella receives 348 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Corfu usually receives more rain than Marbella. Corfu gets 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain, while Marbella receives 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Corfu 25°C (76°F) 
    Marbella 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Corfu or Marbella in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Corfu as well as Marbella. The hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Corfu this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Marbella for the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Corfu is around the same temperature as Marbella. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Corfu in October are around 18°C (65°F), and Marbella is about 19°C (67°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Marbella. In the autumn, Corfu often gets less sunshine than Marbella. Corfu gets 178 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Marbella receives 213 hours of full sun.

Corfu receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Corfu usually gets more rain in October than Marbella. Corfu gets 148 mm (5.8 in) of rain, while Marbella receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Corfu 18°C (65°F) 
    Marbella 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Corfu or Marbella in the Winter?

Both Marbella and Corfu are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Corfu for the shopping scene and the cuisine. Also, many visitors come to Marbella in the winter for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In January, Corfu is generally cooler than Marbella. Temperatures in Corfu average around 10°C (49°F), and Marbella stays around 12°C (54°F).

Corfu usually receives less sunshine than Marbella during winter. Corfu gets 112 hours of sunny skies, while Marbella receives 171 hours of full sun in the winter.

It's quite rainy in Corfu. In January, Corfu usually receives more rain than Marbella. Corfu gets 132 mm (5.2 in) of rain, while Marbella receives 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Corfu 10°C (49°F) 
    Marbella 12°C (54°F)

Should I visit Corfu or Marbella in the Spring?

Both Marbella and Corfu during the spring are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Corfu in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty. Furthermore, most visitors come to Marbella for the beaches and the natural beauty during these months.

Corfu is cooler than Marbella in the spring. The temperature in Corfu is usually 14°C (58°F) in April, and Marbella stays around 16°C (60°F).

In Marbella, it's very sunny this time of the year. In the spring, Corfu often gets less sunshine than Marbella. Corfu gets 195 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Marbella receives 220 hours of full sun.

Corfu usually gets more rain in April than Marbella. Corfu gets 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Marbella receives 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Corfu 14°C (58°F) 
    Marbella 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Marbella and Corfu

Corfu Marbella
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 10°C (49°F) 132 mm (5.2 in) 12°C (54°F) 83 mm (3.3 in)
Feb 10°C (50°F) 136 mm (5.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Mar 12°C (53°F) 98 mm (3.9 in) 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Apr 14°C (58°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 16°C (60°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
May 18°C (65°F) 36 mm (1.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Jul 25°C (76°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 18 mm (0.7 in) 25°C (78°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 75 mm (3 in) 23°C (74°F) 15 mm (0.6 in)
Oct 18°C (65°F) 148 mm (5.8 in) 19°C (67°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Nov 14°C (58°F) 181 mm (7.1 in) 15°C (60°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)
Dec 11°C (52°F) 180 mm (7.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 102 mm (4 in)


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