A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Lagos vs. Aveiro for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Lagos or Aveiro?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Lagos and Aveiro. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Lagos or Aveiro?


A coastal town in the south of Portugal, Lagos is known for its old world charm, plummeting cliffs, and Atlantic beaches. Many come to enjoy a full range of activities from beach-going and watersports to exploring cobbled streets lined with options for shopping and dining. Historic churches and castles add to the charm, as well as a clifftop lighthouse showing the way to Lagos for ships at sea.


Aveiro has great canals that are lined by houses. Because of this ambiance, the town has earned its nickname the "Portuguese Venice." While it's similar, don't put too much into the name. The town is also known for it's colorful boats, referred to as moliceiros, that ride along the canals and under the bridges.

While the canals are lovely, most visitors actually come for the beaches. Aveiro's beaches are known for their clean and pristine sand. The shore is referred to as the Silver Coast, and has comfortably warm water, which is another major draw to the area.

Aveiro is comfortable year around because it's winters are mild and warm and its summer is somewhat cool. The winter months get the most rain and the summer is usually the driest. If you're there during the fall and winter, the winds will be strong making it the best time for surfing, sailing, and other water sports.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 2-Week Tours in Portugal, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Portugal, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Portugal, and The Best Bicycle Tours in Portugal.

Which place is cheaper, Aveiro or Lagos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lagos is €118, while the average daily cost in Aveiro is €80. 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 Lagos and Aveiro in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lagos 61
    Aveiro 46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lagos 122
    Aveiro 92
Compare Hotels in Lagos and Aveiro

Looking for a hotel in Lagos or Aveiro? 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 Lagos

Hotels in Aveiro

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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: Lagos Hotel Prices and Aveiro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lagos 31
    Aveiro 8.57

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lagos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lagos:

  • Private Transfer: Faro/Lagos to Porto: $816
  • Private Transfer: Faro/Lagos to Tarifa/Gibraltar: $652
  • Private Transfer from Lisbon Airport Up to 8 pax: $495
  • Private Transfer: Lagos to Lisbon: $435
  • Private Transfer: Faro to Lisbon: $435
  • Private Transfer: Lagos to Seville: $381
  • Private Transfer: Faro/FAO to Seville: $359
  • Transfer From Lagos Algarve To Lisboa: $277
  • Private Transfer from Burgau to Faro (FAO) Airport: $152
  • Private Transfer from Sagres to Faro (FAO) Airport: $150
  • Private Transfer from Vila do Bispo to Faro (FAO) Airport: $150
  • Private Transfer from Quinta Falzina to Faro (FAO) Airport: $143

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aveiro

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

  • Aveiro Private Transfer:To/From the Oporto Airport: $130

Is it cheaper to fly into Lagos or Aveiro?

Prices for flights to both Aveiro and Lagos 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
    Lagos 34
    Aveiro 28

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lagos

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

  • Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $44
  • Supper Club with Showcooking - Sushi & Ramen: $82
  • Classic Food Tour - Lagos: $99

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lagos 26
    Aveiro 8.57

Tours and Activities in Lagos

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

  • 2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches: $44
  • 4x4 Off-road Algarve Natural Park West Coast Tour : $59
  • Algarve Private Tour: Sagres and Benagil from Lisbon: $849
  • Algarve: Aljezur, Arrifana, and Costa Vicentina Private Tour: $147
  • Algarve: Family photoshoot experience: $218
  • Algarve: Lagos Sightseeing guided Tour with e-bikes: $71
  • Algarve: Lagos sightseeing guided tour with E-bikes: $72
  • Amado Beach Walking Tour: $55
  • Benagil Caves- Speed Boat Tour: $40
  • Benagil Tour: $92
  • Benagil and Dolphin Wacthing Boat Tour with Marine Biologists: $66
  • Boat Cruise to Algar de Benagil from Lagos: $39

Tours and Activities in Aveiro

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

  • Messias Cellars: Tour and Tasting: $8.70
  • Messias Cellars: Tour with Tasting & Cheese Board: $23
  • Aveiro Privat City Tour w/ Local Boat 1 H Cruise & Egg Sweet: $98
  • Coimbra & Aveiro Amazing Cultural Full Day Tour from Porto: $103
  • Aveiro Private Tour, Bairrada Wine Cellars & Roasted Piglet: $118
  • Private Tour to Aveiro and Costa Nova unique striped houses: $118
  • Aveiro Tour: $141
  • From Lisbon: Aveiro, Moliceiro Boat and Coimbra Tour: $141
  • Half Day Tour with Boat Ride: $152
  • Day trip to Aveiro (the Venice of Portugal) + river cruise: $172
  • From Porto Private Tour Half Day in Aveiro and Costa Nova: $277
  • Porto to Lisbon private Tour, choose 2 or 3 stops on the way: $317

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lagos 6.79
    Aveiro 17

Sample the Local Flavors in Lagos

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lagos:

  • Lagos Wine Tasting and Tapas: $44
  • Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Lagos: $66
  • Wine Tasting - Wines of Portugal at The Kitchen Lagos: $69
  • Wine Tasting - Wines of Portugal at The Kitchen Lagos: $82
  • Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting: $88
  • Benagil Secrets: Jeep and Boat Tour with Wine Tasting: $105

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

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

Which is Bigger, Lagos or Aveiro?

Aveiro has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Lagos. When comparing the sizes of Lagos and Aveiro, 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 Lagos or Aveiro?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Lagos or Aveiro in the Summer?

Both Aveiro and Lagos during the summer are popular places to visit. The summer months attract visitors to Lagos because of the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Lagos is generally a little warmer than Aveiro. Daily temperatures in Lagos average around 25°C (77°F), and Aveiro fluctuates around 21°C (69°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Lagos. Lagos usually gets more rain in July than Aveiro. Lagos gets 243 mm (9.6 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Lagos 25°C (77°F) 
    Aveiro 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Aveiro in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Lagos and Aveiro. The hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Lagos this time of year.

Lagos is much warmer than Aveiro in the autumn. The daily temperature in Lagos averages around 26°C (79°F) in October, and Aveiro fluctuates around 17°C (62°F).

Aveiro receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Lagos gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Lagos usually receives around the same amount of rain as Aveiro. Lagos gets 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Lagos 26°C (79°F) 
    Aveiro 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Aveiro in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Lagos as well as Aveiro. Many travelers come to Lagos for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In the winter, Lagos is much warmer than Aveiro. Typically, the winter temperatures in Lagos in January average around 27°C (81°F), and Aveiro averages at about 10°C (50°F).

It's quite rainy in Aveiro. Lagos usually gets less rain in January than Aveiro. Lagos gets 13 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Lagos 27°C (81°F) 
    Aveiro 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Aveiro in the Spring?

Both Aveiro and Lagos are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Lagos in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty.

In April, Lagos is generally much warmer than Aveiro. Daily temperatures in Lagos average around 28°C (82°F), and Aveiro fluctuates around 14°C (56°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Aveiro. It's quite rainy in Lagos. In April, Lagos usually receives more rain than Aveiro. Lagos gets 146 mm (5.7 in) of rain, while Aveiro receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Lagos 28°C (82°F) 
    Aveiro 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Aveiro and Lagos

Lagos Aveiro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 29°C (84°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 29°C (84°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 146 mm (5.7 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 202 mm (8 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 316 mm (12.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 243 mm (9.6 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 125 mm (4.9 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)