Should you visit Funchal or Costa de Prata?
Should I visit Funchal or Costa de Prata? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Funchal is the capital city of the autonomous region of Madeira on the island of Madeira. The city is located to the south between the cities of Santa Cruz and Camara de Lobos. It is actually named for the fennel plant which grows liberally on the island. The city was most significant as a shipping center between the 15th and 17th centuries. Today it has a population of over 100,000 people and is, arguably, one of the most picturesque cities in Portugal. It's appeal as a tourist destination has made it the leading Portuguese port for cruise line dockings.
Costa de Prata
Costa de Prata is a region located on the Silver Coast of Portugal, an hour north of Lisbon. The area is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient architecture, and relaxed, welcoming, atmosphere. The area experiences gorgeous weather nearly all year round, with temperatures in the high 70's and 80's Fahrenheit from May-September. June-August sees the warmest ocean temperatures, making these the best months for swimming. Even during their winter, temperatures rarely dip below 60°F, although ocean temperatures drop, making swimming a bit colder.
Which city is cheaper, Costa de Prata or Funchal?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Funchal is €75, while the average daily cost in Costa de Prata is €121. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Funchal and Costa de Prata in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €82 in Funchal For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €124 in Costa de Prata For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
In Funchal travelers spend around €25 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
The average traveler spends about €35 per day in Costa de Prata for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Meals for one day
Costa de Prata €35
Typical Food prices in Funchal
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Funchal:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Funchal
For Funchal, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Madeira Evening Tour with Dinner and Performance:
Madeira Nights Tour - Dinner and Show:
“Petiscos” cooking experience & Market Tour:
Madeira Sunset by 4x4 with Dinner from Funchal:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Funchal than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €7.95 on transportation in Funchal on average per day.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Costa de Prata than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €42 on transportation in Costa de Prata on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal
Also for Funchal, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Private Service Airport Transfer:
Private Airport Transfer: from Funchal to Madeira Airport (FNC):
One-Way Private Transfer from Madeira Airport to Funchal or Monte:
Madeira: Private Transfer to or from Palheiro Golf or Choupana:
Madeira: Private Transfer to or from Camara de Lobos:
Madeira: Funchal Shared Transfer to or from Airport:
Madeira Private Transfer: To/From Funchal Airport:
Madeira Private Arrival Transfer:
Madeira Funchal Airport FNC Arrival Private Transfer by Business Car:
Madeira Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfers Service:
Madeira Airport Round Trip Private Transfers Services:
Madeira Airport Private Transfers Service To Funchal:
Sightseeing expenses in Funchal, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €12 per day, per person.
Sightseeing expenses in Costa de Prata, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €10 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Funchal
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Funchal.
3-Hour Madeira Scenic Island Tour (Price per Sidecar - 1 or 2 passengers):
3d Fun Art Museum Ticket:
4x4 Full-Day Tour to Explore Portugal's Scents and Flavors:
Amazing Skywalk and more... Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Arieiro Peak & Nun´s Valley in Open Roof 4x4 Tour + Dolphins Watching:
Arieiro Peak and Nun´s Valley Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Ariero Peak, Santana "Biosphere Reserve" & more...Full day Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Best of Funchal Private Tour:
Best of Funchal private walking tour with local specialities tasting:
Best of Madeira Private Tour Half Day:
Boat and Open Roof 4x4 Tour:
Botanic Garden Tour:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Funchal, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €13.
Typically, people visiting Costa de Prata spend on average €6.50 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Funchal
Also in Funchal, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Funchal City Tour with Madeira Wine Tasting:
Half Day Traditions and Enchanting Valleys - Eira do Serrado, Curral das Freiras, Monte, Madeira Wine Tasting:
Skywalk & Professional Wine Tasting and Vineyards Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Shore Excursion: Private Madeira Tour & Wine Tasting:
Cabo Girão Skywalk+Vineyards+Wine Tasting Tour in Open Roof 4x4+Dolphin Watching:
Full-Day Madeira Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch:
Madeira wine tasting and sightseeing private tour from Funchal:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Funchal and Costa de Prata, we can see that Costa de Prata is more expensive. And not only is Funchal much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Funchal would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Funchal 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 de Prata would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Costa de Prata than you might in Funchal.
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