Should you visit Ios or Marbella?
Should I visit Ios or Marbella? 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.
Ios is an island in the south of Greece, located in the Cyclades group of islands in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a peaceful beach getaway by day, and a lively party scene by night. While its main town is the hub for nightlife, it is also a charming place during the day, typical of a traditional Greek village with shops and cafes against a backdrop of whitewashed buildings and turquoise waters.
Marbella is a city in southern Spain in the province of Malaga. It is part of the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) and is located on the Mediterranean Sea between Malaga and the Strait of Gibraltar. It is one of the most important tourist cities in the area and receives many national and international tourists year round due to its climate and tourism structures. Marbella is a bit of a glamorous city due to its beauty and resort-type environment. The old town with its narrow cobbled streets and flower-filled plazas is packed with shops and art galleries selling boutique clothes and accessories, and handmade wares. The city has significant archaeological and historical heritage and many events and performances throughout the year.
Which city is cheaper, Marbella or Ios?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Ios is €73, 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Ios and Marbella in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €31. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Ios the cost is €62 on average.
The prices for places to stay in Marbella can vary by date, location, and type. Generally, the average cost for accommodation per person is €49, while a typical double-occupancy hotel room for two people will cost around €98.
While meal prices in Ios can vary, the average travelers spends about €26 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Ios should cost around €10 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Ios is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
While meal prices in Marbella can vary, the average travelers spends about €31 per day on food. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out, an average meal in Marbella should cost around €12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Marbella is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
Meals for one day
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:
Tapas & Paella Cooking Course:
The average price of local transportation around Ios is €13 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Marbella than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €19 on transportation in Marbella on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marbella
Also for Marbella, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Marbella to Malaga Airport (AGP) - Departure Private Van Transfer:
Marbella to Malaga Airport (AGP) - Departure Private Car Transfer:
Departure Private Transfer Business Car Marbella to Malaga airport AGP:
Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Marbella to Malaga airport AGP:
TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to PUERTO BANUS-PRICE ALL INCUSIVE:
TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to MARBELLA-PRICE ALL INCLUSIVE:
Private Transfer from Las Chapas to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Elviria to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Hotel Marbella Beach Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Marbesa to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Lomas De Cabopino to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Private Transfer from Los Monteros to Malaga (AGP) Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Ios or Marbella?
Prices for flights to both Marbella and Ios 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.
Ios's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around €21 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Sightseeing expenses in Marbella, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €15 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Ios
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Ios are as follows:
From Ios to Sikinos Island & Winery Tour:
Half Day Sunset Sailboat tour (afternoon):
Ios Speed Boat Adventure:
Tours and Activities in Marbella
For Marbella, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:
Secrets of Marbella walking tour (Group):
Marbella small group walking Tour:
Marbella group walking tour:
Bike City Tour Marbella:
Marbella Like a Local: Customized Private Tour:
Paddle Boarding Tour on the beautiful Marbella Coast:
Sunset SUP Tour in Marbella:
Can-am Route Experience:
Original Marbella Tapas Adventure:
Marbella Gourmet Tapas Tour - Do Eat Better Experience:
Stand-up Paddle Sunset Tour in Marbella:
E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour departing from Marbella:
The average person spends about €26 on alcoholic beverages in Ios per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Typically, people visiting Marbella spend on average €4.57 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.
Sample the Local Flavors in Marbella
Also in Marbella, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca:
Manilva & Gaucin Wine Tour from the Costa del Sol:
Ronda Full Day Wine Tour from Marbella:
VIP Wine Tour through the Guadalhorce Valley & Wolf Sanctuary Visit:
Ronda Private Wine Tour and Tapas from Marbella:
VIP Ronda Wine Tour and Tasting and Gourmet Lunch Experience with Winemaker:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ios and Marbella, we can see that Marbella is more expensive. And not only is Ios much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Ios would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Ios 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 Marbella would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Marbella than you might in Ios.
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