A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Lagos vs. Cadiz for Beaches, Families, Couples, and Backpackers

Should you visit Lagos or Cadiz?

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 Cadiz. 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.

Lagos

Lagos is a dramatic, vibrant, and beautiful resort town. You'll find world class beauty here as well. It's also known for nightlife, food, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Cadiz

Cadiz is a friendly, undiscovered, and historic port city. It's a gorgeous place to visit. It's also known for food, beaches, and shopping.

Lagos and Cadiz: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Public transit not as usable
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good public transit
  • Very walkable
Cons
  • Less popular with couples
  • Less popular with backpackers


How is Lagos different from Cadiz?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

Let's take a look at the differences and similarities between Cadiz and Lagos. Then, you can decide for yourself which place is better for your next trip.

Is Lagos or Cadiz Better for Food?

Lagos
Cadiz

Both Lagos and Cadiz offer a number of unique restaurants to choose from.

With its innovative style combined with traditional elements, Lagos makes for a great culinary experience. The city offers some of the best food in the Algarve. The old town has plenty of restaurants that are both affordable and high quality. Seafood is the obvious choice, but you'll also find tapas, paellas, and local dishes such as cataplana (a seafood and chorizo stew). Most restaurants serve up a local fish of the day as well as prawns and other seafood items.

Cadiz has a huge number of terrific restaurants. You can expect the freshest seafood with everything from oysters to prawns and even fresh caught fish like Bluefin tuna. Make sure you try the shrimp fritters and papas con choco (cuttlefish and potato stew). Tapas are a great way to sample a number of small local dishes. Also finish your meal of with some churros.


Is Lagos or Cadiz Better for Nightlife?

Lagos
Cadiz

Party-goers will find similar levels of energy in Lagos and Cadiz.

Lagos is a popular destination for visitors looking to party into the night. The city has a mellow vibe, even at night, but that's not to say there aren't good parties going on, particularly during the peak of the travel season. There's a local charm to the nightlife scene here and you'll likely start to recognize other party-goers. Many of the bars are housed in character-filled old buildings which can feel a bit cramped, but that's all part of the charm.

If you're looking for night time activities Cadiz has a few options to choose from. The nightlife scene is diverse, with both cultural activities and dance clubs to choose from. Whether you're looking for a late night party or a more mellow evening on the town, there are a number of options available.

Is Lagos or Cadiz Better for Beaches?

Lagos
Cadiz

Lagos and Cadiz both offer beautiful beaches.

Lagos offers stunning beaches that attract visitors from around the world. The beaches are long, flat and sandy with beautifully dramatic rock formations. The largest beach in the area is Meia Praia and arguably one of the best beaches is Praia Dona Ana. For convenience, Praia da Batata is the closest beach to town. Praia de Porto de Mós is one of the more quiet beaches, but it's still along a bus line. For beautiful nature head to either Praia dos Estudantes or Praia dos Pinheiros.

Cadiz is considered a top beach destination. The beaches remain relatively undiscovered on the international level, so you won't have to deal with the crowds that you find at many Spanish beaches, even during the high season. The beaches are popular with nearby locals, but the atmosphere remains chill and relaxed. While there are many beaches to choose from outside of town, the closest in town beach is La Caleta. It's even been featured in a few Hollywood films such as Die Another Day.

Is Lagos or Cadiz Better for Shopping?

Lagos
Cadiz

Shopping is a popular activity in both Cadiz and Lagos.

Lagos is a great destination for shopping. The town has a long history of local artisan crafts. You can head to the seafront promenade and find local traditional items such as ceramics, leather goods, and jewelry.

Cadiz is well-known for its shopping. There's a diverse mix of local boutiques, food markets, shopping centers, and street markets where you can pick up everything from local items to European fashion. If you happen to be in town on a weekend, keep in mind that many shops are only open in the morning on Saturdays and closed all day Sundays.

Is Lagos or Cadiz Better for Families?

Lagos
Cadiz

Both Lagos and Cadiz are family-friendly destinations.

With a huge array of activities for kids, Lagos is very family-friendly. You can spend days hanging out on the beautiful beaches, but there are so many other activities that the whole family will enjoy. Explore the caves in kayaks, take surfing lessons, head for the zoo, or go dolphin watching. There are also plenty of playgrounds and kid-friendly restaurants around town.

Because of its large number of kid-friendly activities, Cadiz is very family-friendly. The beaches, waterparks, carnivals and other unique activities make this a great place to visit with kids. There's even a Bee Museum that adults and kids alike will enjoy. And many kids will also find exploring the ruins of Baelo Claudio to be an unforgettable experience.


Is Lagos or Cadiz Better for Couples?

Lagos
Cadiz

Lagos offers a wider variety of romantic activities for couples than Cadiz.

Lagos is fantastic couple's destination with fun and romantic activities. The beaches and hotels in the area offer a truly romantic setting for couples, whether you're on a honeymoon or a couple's weekend getaway. Spend some time on the beach or go kayaking through the caves. Get a spa treatment at a luxury hotel or go wine tasting through the countryside. You can also enjoy the beautiful sunsets on a sunset boat cruise while sipping a glass of local wine.

Cadiz makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. With its history and beaches, there are many romantic activities that couples can enjoy. Wander around old town and enjoy local cuisine. Visit the historic ruins and take a hike outside of the city.

Is Lagos or Cadiz Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Lagos
Cadiz

Most people consider Lagos to be better for backpackers than Cadiz.

Lagos is a mecca for backpackers and budget travelers. The area is a favorite for backpackers who come to hang out on the beaches during the day or party late into the night after the sun goes down. There are plenty of hostels around town and many offer a social vibe where it's easy to meet other travelers.

It's common for backpackers to visit Cadiz. One of the biggest draws to the city is there huge Carnival festival every February. This is a popular time to visit and backpackers will appreciate the lively atmosphere.

Is Lagos or Cadiz Better for Public Transit?

Lagos
Cadiz

Cadiz provides more public transit options than Lagos.

Visitors to Cadiz can move around easily with public transportation. There are five bus lines around town. The buses are comfortable and air conditioned.

Public transit is mostly limited in Lagos. The area has buses, but they are limited in where they go. There is also reduced service on weekends and holidays.

Is Lagos or Cadiz a more walkable city?

Lagos
Cadiz

Cadiz is generally more walkable than Lagos.

Cadiz is very walkable. It is a walkable city that is historic and compact enough to explore on foot.

Lagos is not a very walkable resort town. Most people prefer to have a car as some areas are very hilly and many resorts are outside of town. Depending on your fitness level and motivation, you may be able to get by without a vehicle, but it is generally not recommended.


Which city is cheaper, Cadiz or Lagos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Lagos is €94, while the average daily cost in Cadiz is €122. 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. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Lagos and Cadiz in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lagos 49
    Cadiz 61
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lagos 98
    Cadiz 122
Compare Hotels in Lagos and Cadiz

Looking for a hotel in Lagos or Cadiz? 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 Cadiz


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lagos 25
    Cadiz 24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lagos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lagos:

  • Lagos Shared Departure Transfer to Faro: $26
  • Transfer Lagos - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $40
  • Transfer Praia da Luz - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $40
  • Transfer Lagos - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $44
  • Transfer Praia da Luz - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $44
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Lagos: $45
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Lagos: $51
  • Airport Transfer One Way: $53
  • Private Transfer Lagos Airport LOG to Ikeja-Ikoyi-Victoria Island - Business Car: $58
  • Private Transfer Ikeja-Ikoyi-Victoria Island to Lagos Airport LOG - Business Car: $58
  • Transfer Lagos - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $58
  • Transfer Praia da Luz - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cadiz

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cadiz:

  • Private Transfer Cadiz,Cordoba, Ronda or Chiclana to Seville SVQ by Business Car: $394
  • Private Transfer from Cádiz to Faro (FAO) Airport: $761
  • Private Transfer from Cádiz to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $475
  • Private Transfer from Madrid to Faro (FAO) Airport: $761
  • Transfer from Seville to Cadiz: $251

Is it cheaper to fly into Lagos or Cadiz?

Prices for flights to both Cadiz 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Lagos 27
    Cadiz 36

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Lagos

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

  • Dinner + Jazz At The Metaphor in Lagos: $80
  • Classic Food Tour - Lagos: $93

Typical Food prices in Cadiz

Some typical examples of dining costs in Cadiz are as follows:


  • Dinner and Tapas
    15
  • Lunch for 1
    10

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cadiz

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

  • Food Tour Cadiz: $78
  • Food Tour Cadiz: $78

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lagos 21
    Cadiz 22

Tours and Activities in Lagos

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

  • 2 Hour Lagos Historical Tour: $14
  • Brodie's Historical and Fun Lagos Walking Tour: $19
  • Grotto tour Ponta da Piedade Lagos: $19
  • Lagos Walking Tour with Local Historian: $19
  • Lagos Zoo Entrance Ticket: $21
  • Explore Ponta da Piedade on a Boat Tour: $21
  • Lagos Zoo Admission Ticket: $22
  • Tour to go inside the Ponta da Piedade Caves/Grottos and see the beaches - Lagos: $22
  • Ponta da Piedade Boat Tour with Local Guide: $23
  • Ponta da Piedade Grotto Tour in Lagos, Algarve: $25
  • Ponta da Piedade Cruise to Caves and Beaches with Local Guide: $25
  • Ponta da Piedade: 2-Hour Boat Cruise: $29

Typical Entertainment prices in Cadiz

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Cadiz are as follows:


  • Cadiz Sightseeing Tour
    15

Tours and Activities in Cadiz

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Cadiz are as follows:

  • Cadiz Economic Walking Tour: $6.22
  • Cadiz Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Cadiz Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • City Sightseeing Cadiz Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • Cadiz Shore Excursion: ancient city walking tour with wine & cheese tasting: $31
  • Bike Tour of Cadiz: $32
  • City Sightseeing Guided Tour by Bike: $33
  • Private Tour with a Local: $34
  • Cadiz Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $44
  • Bike Tour in Cadiz: $45
  • 3-hour Guided Tour with Entry Tickets: $56
  • Jerez Historic Guided Tour with Horse Show: $65
  • Cadiz Discovery City Tour - Shore Excursion from Cadiz: $67

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lagos 5.43
    Cadiz 23

Sample the Local Flavors in Lagos

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Lagos:

  • Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $57
  • Algarve: Jeep Safari with Distillery Visit & Lunch: $65
  • Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting: $69
  • Silves, Caldas and Monchique Wine Tasting: Full Day Tour: $74


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


When is the best time to visit Lagos or Cadiz?

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 Lagos or Cadiz in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Lagos and Cadiz. Most visitors come to Lagos for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences during these months. Furthermore, the summer months attract visitors to Cadiz because of the beaches and the family-friendly experiences.

Lagos is around the same temperature as Cadiz in the summer. The temperature in Lagos is usually 25°C (77°F) in July, and Cadiz stays around 25°C (77°F).

Lagos gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In July, Lagos usually receives more rain than Cadiz. Lagos gets 243 mm (9.6 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Lagos 25°C (77°F) 
    Cadiz 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Cadiz in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Lagos as well as Cadiz. The autumn months attract visitors to Lagos because of the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Additionally, the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Cadiz this time of year.

In the autumn, Lagos is a little warmer than Cadiz. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Lagos in October are around 26°C (79°F), and Cadiz is about 20°C (68°F).

Lagos receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Lagos usually gets more rain in October than Cadiz. Lagos gets 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Lagos 26°C (79°F) 
    Cadiz 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Cadiz in the Winter?

Both Cadiz and Lagos are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The shopping scene and the cuisine are the main draw to Lagos this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Cadiz for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Lagos is generally much warmer than Cadiz. Temperatures in Lagos average around 27°C (81°F), and Cadiz stays around 13°C (55°F).

In January, Lagos usually receives less rain than Cadiz. Lagos gets 13 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Lagos 27°C (81°F) 
    Cadiz 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Cadiz in the Spring?

Both Cadiz and Lagos during the spring are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Lagos for the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, many visitors come to Cadiz in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty.

Lagos is much warmer than Cadiz in the spring. The temperature in Lagos is usually 28°C (82°F) in April, and Cadiz stays around 17°C (63°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Lagos. Lagos usually gets more rain in April than Cadiz. Lagos gets 146 mm (5.7 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Lagos 28°C (82°F) 
    Cadiz 17°C (63°F)

Typical Weather for Cadiz and Lagos

Lagos Cadiz
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Feb 29°C (84°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Mar 29°C (84°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 16°C (61°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 146 mm (5.7 in) 17°C (63°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 202 mm (8 in) 19°C (66°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 316 mm (12.4 in) 22°C (72°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 243 mm (9.6 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 23°C (73°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 125 mm (4.9 in) 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 17°C (63°F) 98 mm (3.9 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 14°C (57°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)


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