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

Should you visit Lagos or Ericeira?

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 Ericeira. 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 Ericeira?


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.


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.

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, Ericeira 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 Ericeira is €100. 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 Ericeira in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Lagos 61
    Ericeira 51
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Lagos 122
    Ericeira 102
Compare Hotels in Lagos and Ericeira

Looking for a hotel in Lagos or Ericeira? 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 Ericeira

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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Lagos 31
    Ericeira 25

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Lagos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Lagos:

  • Private Transfer: Faro/Lagos to Porto: $723
  • Private Transfer to Algarve from Lisbon: $702
  • Private Transfer: Faro/Lagos to Tarifa/Gibraltar: $578
  • Private Transfer: Faro/Lagos to Málaga: $578
  • Private Transfer: Málaga to Faro/Lagos: $578
  • Private Transfer: Seville to Lisbon: $549
  • Private Transfer from Lisbon Airport Up to 8 pax: $492
  • Private Transfer: Lagos to Lisbon: $385
  • Private Transfer: Faro to Lisbon: $385
  • Private Transfer: Albufeira to Lisbon: $356
  • Private Transfer: Seville to Lagos: $337
  • Private Transfer: Seville to Algarve (Faro district): $337

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ericeira

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

  • Lisbon: Private Transfer between the Airport & Ericeira Area: $75
  • Private Transfer To or From Ericeira: $91
  • Transfer from Lisbon Airport to Ericeira: $48

Is it cheaper to fly into Lagos or Ericeira?

Prices for flights to both Ericeira 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
    Ericeira 25

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: $59
  • Lagos Pastel de Nata Cooking Class: $61
  • Classic Food Tour - Lagos: $98
  • Full-Day West Coast Adventure with Hiking, Sunset, Dinner & Wine : $109

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: $101

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Lagos 26
    Ericeira 26

Tours and Activities in Lagos

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

  • Ponta da Piedade Costal cruise and Caves-2h: $30
  • 2-hour Kayak Tour of Ponta da Piedade Caves and Beaches: $37
  • 4x4 Off-road Algarve Natural Park West Coast Tour : $58
  • Algarve Jeep Full-Day Tour Including Lunch: $58
  • Algarve Private Tour: Sagres and Benagil from Lisbon: $843
  • Algarve: Aljezur, Arrifana, and Costa Vicentina Private Tour: $145
  • Algarve: Family photoshoot experience: $268
  • Algarve: Lagos Sightseeing guided Tour with e-bikes: $63
  • Amado Beach Walking Tour: $55
  • Benagil Caves- Speed Boat Tour: $44
  • Benagil Tour: $91
  • Boat Cruise to Algar de Benagil from Lagos: $43

Tours and Activities in Ericeira

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

  • Custom-Tailored Immersive Photo Experiences: $48
  • Highlights & Culinary Kickstart of Ericeira | PRIVATE Tour: $80
  • Tour por Mafra, Ericeira, Azenhas do Mar e Cabo da Roca: $119
  • Lisbon: Wellington's Defensive Lines Tour: $389

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Lagos 6.79
    Ericeira 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: $72
  • Small-Group Day Tour of Silves and Monchique with Wine Tasting: $87
  • Benagil Secrets: Jeep and Boat Tour with Wine Tasting: $104

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Lagos and Ericeira, we can see that Lagos is more expensive. And not only is Ericeira much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Ericeira would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Ericeira 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 Ericeira.

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

Which is Bigger, Lagos or Ericeira?

Lagos has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Ericeira. When comparing the sizes of Lagos and Ericeira, 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 Ericeira?

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 Ericeira in the Summer?

Both Ericeira and Lagos during the summer are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Lagos for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Lagos is generally around the same temperature as Ericeira. Daily temperatures in Lagos average around 25°C (77°F), and Ericeira fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Lagos. Lagos usually gets more rain in July than Ericeira. Lagos gets 243 mm (9.6 in) of rain, while Ericeira receives 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Lagos 25°C (77°F) 
    Ericeira 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Ericeira in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Lagos and Ericeira. Many visitors come to Lagos in the autumn for the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Lagos is a little warmer than Ericeira in the autumn. The daily temperature in Lagos averages around 26°C (79°F) in October, and Ericeira fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

Lagos gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Lagos usually receives more rain than Ericeira. Lagos gets 125 mm (4.9 in) of rain, while Ericeira receives 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Lagos 26°C (79°F) 
    Ericeira 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Ericeira in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Lagos as well as Ericeira. Most visitors come to Lagos for the shopping scene and the cuisine during these months.

In the winter, Lagos is much warmer than Ericeira. Typically, the winter temperatures in Lagos in January average around 27°C (81°F), and Ericeira averages at about 12°C (53°F).

It's quite rainy in Ericeira. Lagos usually gets less rain in January than Ericeira. Lagos gets 13 mm (0.5 in) of rain, while Ericeira receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Lagos 27°C (81°F) 
    Ericeira 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Lagos or Ericeira in the Spring?

Both Ericeira and Lagos are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The spring months attract visitors to Lagos because of the beaches and the natural beauty.

In April, Lagos is generally much warmer than Ericeira. Daily temperatures in Lagos average around 28°C (82°F), and Ericeira fluctuates around 16°C (60°F).

It's quite rainy in Lagos. In April, Lagos usually receives more rain than Ericeira. Lagos gets 146 mm (5.7 in) of rain, while Ericeira receives 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Lagos 28°C (82°F) 
    Ericeira 16°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Ericeira and Lagos

Lagos Ericeira
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Feb 29°C (84°F) 41 mm (1.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
Mar 29°C (84°F) 84 mm (3.3 in) 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 146 mm (5.7 in) 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
May 27°C (81°F) 202 mm (8 in) 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Jun 26°C (79°F) 316 mm (12.4 in) 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 243 mm (9.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 26°C (79°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in)
Oct 26°C (79°F) 125 mm (4.9 in) 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)