A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Ericeira vs. Coimbra for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Ericeira or Coimbra?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Ericeira and Coimbra can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Ericeira or Coimbra?

Ericeira

Beneath an indigo sky, a city perches at the edge of sandstone cliffs that overlook the vast expanse of the Atlantic. A seaside resort and fishing community, Ericeira is located in western Portugal within the municipality of Mafra. A picturesque village, Ericeira is quaint, quiet, and absolutely breathtaking with a population of no more than 10,260. Because of its blue waters and pristine coastlines, it has been named the Surfing Mecca of Europe. The town was a famous summer retreat for the families of Lisbon during the 1940s and 1950s and still remains so today for families beyond Lisbon's borders. Ericeira also has a World Surfing Reserve, the first in Europe and second in the world. Besides the many beaches on Ericeira, including Ribeira d'Ilhas, Pescadores, and Mataduoro, the town also has a park called Parque de Santa Maria as well as an old town center that has a collection of cafes, shops, restaurants, and bars. There are also some important landmarks that can be explored as no more than a brief visit, such as Forte Mil Regos and Casa De Cultura Jaime Lobo E. Silvs. Whether you are a surfer, fisher, or simply a lover of the beach, Ericeira is the perfect place for those who wish to experience the Atlantic like never before.

Coimbra

Coimbra is located in Central Portugal in the Centro Region. It's the third largest city in the country with about 460,000 people living in the entire region. It is also where you'll find the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese speaking world. During the High Middle Ages, Coimbra served as the nation's capital and there are archaeological structures that date back to the Roman era.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best G Adventures Tours to Portugal, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lisbon, The Best 10-Day Tours from Lisbon, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Porto.


Which place is cheaper, Coimbra or Ericeira?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ericeira is €100, while the average daily cost in Coimbra is €103. 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 Ericeira and Coimbra in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ericeira 51
    Coimbra 44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ericeira 102
    Coimbra 88
Compare Hotels in Ericeira and Coimbra

Looking for a hotel in Ericeira or Coimbra? 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 Ericeira


Hotels in Coimbra


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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: Coimbra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ericeira 25
    Coimbra 11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ericeira

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

  • Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Ericeira: $50
  • Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Ericeira: $92
  • Private Transfer To or From Ericeira: $92
  • Lisbon: Private Transfer between the Airport & Ericeira Area: $76

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Coimbra

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

  • Transfer Viseu - Porto: $160
  • Fátima Private Transfer to/from Lisbon: $150
  • Transfer Fátima To Lisboa: $111

Is it cheaper to fly into Ericeira or Coimbra?

Prices for flights to both Coimbra and Ericeira 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
    Ericeira 25
    Coimbra 48

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ericeira

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

  • Ericeira Private Tour: 10 Tastings Food Tour: $97

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Coimbra

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

  • Chanfana: Cooking Traditional Portuguese Cuisine Experience: $50

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ericeira 26
    Coimbra 18

Tours and Activities in Ericeira

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

  • Custom-Tailored Immersive Photo Experiences: $49
  • Highlights & Culinary Kickstart of Ericeira | PRIVATE Tour: $76
  • Lisbon: Wellington's Defensive Lines Tour: $392

Tours and Activities in Coimbra

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

  • 2 Hours Private Walking Tour in Coimbra : $203
  • A tour between Cascades and Schist Villages, Piodão: $122
  • An adventure through the Forest and Palace of Bussaco - Coimbra: $78
  • An adventure through the Schist Villages of Lousã: $78
  • An adventure through the Schist Villages of Lousã (with walk): $133
  • Arista Tour - Penacova Windmills and Landscapes (noon): $78
  • Bairrada Winery Route Experience, full-day from Coimbra: $136
  • Buggy Tour in Serra da Lousã 2Hours: $122
  • Coimbra Private Walking Tour with U.C. Tickets Early Access: $44
  • Coimbra Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $5.54
  • Coimbra's Historical Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • Complete Tour of the 10 Beautiful Schist Villages: $79

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ericeira 17
    Coimbra 12

Sample the Local Flavors in Ericeira

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

  • Portuguese Wine Tasting - 4 Wines: $44
  • Private Portuguese Wine Tasting - 4 Wines & Snacks: $62

Sample the Local Flavors in Coimbra

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

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Portugal: $28
  • Full-Day Private Bairrada Sparkling Wine Tour from Coimbra: $182
  • Self-drive Wine Tour in Bairrada Region: $216


When comparing the travel costs between Ericeira and Coimbra, we can see that Coimbra 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.

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


Which is Bigger, Ericeira or Coimbra?

Coimbra has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Ericeira. When comparing the sizes of Ericeira and Coimbra, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Ericeira or Coimbra?

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 Ericeira or Coimbra in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Ericeira and Coimbra.

Ericeira is around the same temperature as Coimbra in the summer. The daily temperature in Ericeira averages around 23°C (73°F) in July, and Coimbra fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Coimbra this time of the year. In Ericeira, it's very sunny this time of the year. Ericeira usually receives more sunshine than Coimbra during summer. Ericeira gets 352 hours of sunny skies, while Coimbra receives 308 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Ericeira usually receives less rain than Coimbra. Ericeira gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Ericeira 23°C (73°F) 
    Coimbra 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Ericeira or Coimbra in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Ericeira as well as Coimbra.

In the autumn, Ericeira is around the same temperature as Coimbra. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Ericeira in October average around 19°C (66°F), and Coimbra averages at about 18°C (65°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Ericeira this time of the year. In the autumn, Ericeira often gets more sunshine than Coimbra. Ericeira gets 213 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Coimbra receives 184 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Coimbra. Ericeira usually gets less rain in October than Coimbra. Ericeira gets 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 101 mm (4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Ericeira 19°C (66°F) 
    Coimbra 18°C (65°F)

Should I visit Ericeira or Coimbra in the Winter?

Both Coimbra and Ericeira are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

In January, Ericeira is generally around the same temperature as Coimbra. Daily temperatures in Ericeira average around 12°C (53°F), and Coimbra fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

Ericeira usually receives more sunshine than Coimbra during winter. Ericeira gets 144 hours of sunny skies, while Coimbra receives 124 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Coimbra. It's quite rainy in Ericeira. In January, Ericeira usually receives less rain than Coimbra. Ericeira gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Ericeira 12°C (53°F) 
    Coimbra 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Ericeira or Coimbra in the Spring?

Both Coimbra and Ericeira during the spring are popular places to visit.

Ericeira is around the same temperature as Coimbra in the spring. The daily temperature in Ericeira averages around 16°C (60°F) in April, and Coimbra fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).

In Coimbra, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Ericeira. In the spring, Ericeira often gets more sunshine than Coimbra. Ericeira gets 235 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Coimbra receives 217 hours of full sun.

Ericeira usually gets less rain in April than Coimbra. Ericeira gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Ericeira 16°C (60°F) 
    Coimbra 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Coimbra and Ericeira

Ericeira Coimbra
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 12°C (53°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Mar 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 13°C (56°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 21°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in) 22°C (71°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 18°C (65°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Nov 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)