A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Crete vs. Costa Vicentina for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Crete or Costa Vicentina?

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

Should I visit Crete or Costa Vicentina? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Crete or Costa Vicentina?


The largest and most populous island of Greece, Crete has become a frequent vacation destination for many visitors. The terrain of the place is quite varied - very mountainous stretching east to west, with lush valleys, fertile plateaus, gorges, and famous caves like Idaion, the birthplace of the Greek god Zeus. The surrounding smaller islands and beaches are key attractions as well.

Costa Vicentina

Costa Vicentina is the beautiful coastal area in southwest Portugal which runs through both the Algarve and Alentejo Regions along the southern coast. This is actually part of the longest stretch of protected coastline in Portugal, making it one of the best places to experience the unadulterated beauty and nature of the country. Costa Vicentina offers miles of some of the best Portugal beaches, fantastic hiking trails, and lovely old villages to explore. The area sees far more Portuguese tourists than international ones, so expect Portuguese to be the only language spoken by many people, especially in the smaller villages.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Contiki Tours to Greece, The Best G Adventures Tours to Greece, The Best Walking Tours in Portugal, and The Best Luxury Tours to Portugal.

Which place is cheaper, Costa Vicentina or Crete?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Crete is €102, while the average daily cost in Costa Vicentina is €125. 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 Crete and Costa Vicentina in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Crete 48
    Costa Vicentina 66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Crete 96
    Costa Vicentina 132
Compare Hotels in Crete and Costa Vicentina

Looking for a hotel in Crete or Costa Vicentina? 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 Crete

Hotels in Costa Vicentina

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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: Crete Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Crete 23
    Costa Vicentina 40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Crete

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Crete:

  • Acqua Plus Water Park Admission with Optional Transfer: $31
  • Acqua Plus Water Park Admission with Optional Transfer: $32
  • Beginner's SSI Intro dive w/2 Dives & transfer: $154
  • Crete Private Taxi and Transfer Georgioupoli to Heraklion Airport: $162
  • Crete Private Taxi and Transfer from Chania to Adelianos Kampos: $110
  • Crete Private Taxi and Transfer from Chania to Georgioupoli: $88
  • Crete Private Taxi and Transfer from Chania to Panormo: $126
  • Crete Private Taxi and Transfer from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos: $124
  • Crete Private Taxi and Transfer from Kalyves to Heraklion Airport: $217
  • Crete Private Transfer to from Chania Port Airport Town: $19
  • Acqua Plus Water Park Entrance Ticket with Transfer: $33
  • Acqua Plus Water Park Entrance with Transfer & Lunch: $43

Is it cheaper to fly into Crete or Costa Vicentina?

Prices for flights to both Costa Vicentina and Crete 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
    Crete 34
    Costa Vicentina 34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Crete

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

  • Olive Oil Factory Tour, Dinner & Traditional Dancing: $60
  • Chania: Cretan Folklore Dance Show with Dinner and Pickup: $76
  • Cook with Locals | Cretan cooking Class at Archanes (transfer - lunch included): $87
  • The Delicious Chania PRIVATE Street Food Tour : $88
  • Sightseeing Day Trip with Cooking Lesson and Lunch: $96
  • Full-Day Jeep Safari Tour with Cooking Lesson: $98
  • Authentic and Traditional Cooking Class in Chania Crete: $101
  • Chania Cooking Class in Crete with rustic, delicious and homely Cretan food!: $101
  • Chania: Authentic Cooking Class in the White Mountains: $119
  • Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Lunch in Arolithos: $119
  • E-bike Food Tour Tasting in Heraklion : $127
  • Sunset Craft Beer & Food Tour - Chania: $132

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Crete 26
    Costa Vicentina 17

Tours and Activities in Crete

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

  • Chania: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour: $7.04
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum Ticket & Audio Guide: $8.67
  • The Terra Creta Olive Oil Experience Tour: $11
  • Chania: Sunset Boat Cruise with Guide: $15
  • Heraklion: Palace of Knossos 3D Virtual Audio Tour by Tablet: $16
  • Heraklion: Virtual Reality Experience at VR Lab: $16
  • Heraklion: Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Sightseeing Tour: $16
  • Heraklion: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour: $16
  • Chersonissos: Mini-Train City Highlights Tour: $17
  • Heraklion City Tour - Aquarium: $18
  • Gramvousa Island & Balos Bay Full-Day Tour from Rethymno English & German guide: $19
  • Full-Day Tour Gramvousa Balos Bay from Rethymno with French Guide: $19

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Crete 20
    Costa Vicentina 8.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Crete

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Crete:

  • Chania: Off-Road Tour at Sunset with Wine Tasting: $96
  • Wine Tasting-Olive Oil Factory-Traditional Villages- Small Group : $132
  • Knossos, Olive Mill, Winery - Distillery with Tastings & Lunch : $179
  • The Gourmet Wine Tour of Heraklion area: $182
  • Private Wine Tour Olive Oil Tasting and Pottery from Heraklion: $190
  • Heraklion SUV Private Guided Wine Tour with Lunch : $218
  • Private-Knossos Palace and Wine tasting in Heraklion countryside: $221
  • From Elounda Private Heraklion Wine Tour with Tastings and Lunch: $232
  • Heraklion: Private Knossos & Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch: $249
  • Ecobike Tour • All in One • Historical Tour-Food Tasting-Wine Tasting: $259

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

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