A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Marbella vs. Cadiz for Nightlife, Beaches, Couples, and Food

Should you visit Marbella or Cadiz?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Marbella or Cadiz, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Marbella

Marbella is a ritzy, glamorous, and fun-filled resort town. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. It's also known for nightlife, live music, and food.

Cadiz

Cadiz is a undiscovered, historic, and friendly port city. It's a beautiful place to visit, too. Visitors also love the museums, nightlife, and food.

Marbella and Cadiz: Pros and Cons

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


How is Marbella different from Cadiz?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Marbella or Cadiz Better for Food?

Marbella
Cadiz

Both Marbella and Cadiz offer good local cuisine and restaurants.

Marbella has a delicious restaurant scene that relies on local flavors. The area is filled with tourists, so finding an authentic dining experience can be difficult. Several favorite dishes include croquetas, boquerones, and pulpo.

Dining out in Cadiz is an experience not to be missed. 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 Marbella or Cadiz Better for Nightlife?

Marbella
Cadiz

For nightlife, head to Marbella instead of Cadiz.

Marbella is a party destination, and you'll find plenty of activity all night long. European tourists flock to the town for its beaches and resorts. The town has a glamorous nightlife scene with exclusive clubs and ritzy cocktail bars, particularly in Puerto Banus and along the Golden Mile.

Cadiz has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. 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 Marbella or Cadiz Better for Beaches?

Marbella
Cadiz

Both Marbella and Cadiz have beaches worth visiting.

The beaches in Marbella are among the best in the world. The area boasts some of the best beaches in Europe. They are hubs of activity with lots of energy, and there are more than 18 miles of sandy beach in the area. Popular options include Guadalmina Beach, San Pedro de Alcántara Beach, and Nueva Andalucía Beach.

The beaches at Cadiz attract visitors from all over. 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 Marbella or Cadiz Better for its Old Town?

Marbella
Cadiz

Marbella and Cadiz both have historical old towns that attract visitors.

Plenty of visitors enjoy exploring the old town in Marbella. Head into the old town to explore a quaint area with small, meandering streets, churches, restaurants, shops, and cafes.

Cadiz is an extremely popular place to visit the historic old town area. The old town offers a patchwork network of cobblestone streets that intertwine plazas, churches, and historic buildings.

Is Marbella or Cadiz Better for Shopping?

Marbella
Cadiz

Shoppers can find a variety of stores in both Marbella and Cadiz.

Known for shopping, Marbella draws large crowds to its stores. This area attracts vacationers from around Europe and the shopping is some of the best in Europe.

Browsing through shops is a popular activity in Cadiz. 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 Marbella or Cadiz Better for Families?

Marbella
Cadiz

Marbella and Cadiz are both fun destinations for the whole family.

Because of its large number of kid-friendly activities, Marbella is very family-friendly. The area has beautiful, family-friendly beaches and many resorts with pools that are great for kids.

Cadiz is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. 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 Marbella or Cadiz Better for Couples?

Marbella
Cadiz

There's generally more to do as a couple in Marbella than Cadiz.

Marbella has so much to offer for a romantic couple's vacation. The area has luxury resorts, nice beaches, water sports, golf, and water activities that are perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic weekend or a honeymoon.

Cadiz is a good resort town for couples to visit. 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 Marbella or Cadiz Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Marbella
Cadiz

Marbella and Cadiz are both good destinations for backpackers.

Plenty of backpackers visit Marbella. There are a few good hostels in the area for backpackers who want to enjoy this part of Spain's cost. There's also a lively nightlife scene and plenty of opportunities to meet others.

Cadiz is popular with backpackers and budget travelers. 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 Marbella or Cadiz Better for Public Transit?

Marbella
Cadiz

Cadiz generally offers a better public transit system than Marbella.

The public transit in Cadiz can get you around easily. There are five bus lines around town. The buses are comfortable and air conditioned.

Public transit is generally limited in Marbella. There is a bus system through the area, but most visitors prefer to get around by car.


Is Marbella or Cadiz a more walkable city?

Marbella
Cadiz

Marbella and Cadiz are similar when it comes to walkability.

Marbella is a very walkable resort town. The old town is particularly walkable and there are a number of hotels and nice resorts within a short walk of the town along a nice promenade.

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

Which city is cheaper, Cadiz or Marbella?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Marbella is €93, 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 Marbella and Cadiz in more detail.



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

Looking for a hotel in Marbella 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 Marbella


Hotels in Cadiz


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Marbella 19
    Cadiz 24

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: $45
  • Marbella to Malaga Airport (AGP) - Departure Private Car Transfer: $61
  • Departure Private Transfer Business Car Marbella to Malaga airport AGP: $62
  • Departure Private Transfer Luxury Van Marbella to Malaga airport AGP: $92
  • TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to PUERTO BANUS-PRICE ALL INCUSIVE: $106
  • TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to MARBELLA-PRICE ALL INCLUSIVE: $106
  • Private Transfer from Las Chapas to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Elviria to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Hotel Marbella Beach Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Marbesa to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Lomas De Cabopino to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Los Monteros to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $122

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cadiz

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cadiz:

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Marbella or Cadiz?

Prices for flights to both Cadiz and Marbella 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
    Marbella 31
    Cadiz 36

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: $75
  • Tapas & Paella Cooking Course: $80
  • Food Tour: $85

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.
    Marbella 15
    Cadiz 22

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): $19
  • Marbella small group walking Tour: $24
  • Marbella group walking tour: $32
  • Bike City Tour Marbella: $32
  • Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol: $33
  • Guided Wine and Tapas Bike Tour: $40
  • Marbella Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $41
  • Paddle Boarding Tour on the beautiful Marbella Coast: $49
  • Sunset SUP Tour in Marbella: $61
  • Can-am Route Experience: $77
  • Original Marbella Tapas Adventure: $86
  • Marbella Gourmet Tapas Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $88

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:

  • 3-Hour Private Gastronomic and Cultural Cadiz Walking Tour: $226
  • Bike Tour in Cadiz: $45
  • Bike Tour of Cadiz: $32
  • Cadiz Discovery City Tour - Shore Excursion from Cadiz: $67
  • Cadiz Economic Walking Tour: $6.22
  • Cadiz Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $44
  • Cadiz Old Town Private Walking Tour: $69
  • Cadiz Photo Bike Tour: $81
  • Cadiz Private Walking Tour: $214
  • Cadiz Private Walking Tour: $187
  • Cadiz Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Cadiz Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • Cadiz Shore Excursion: Private Jewish Heritage Tour of Seville: $1,070

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Marbella 4.57
    Cadiz 23

Sample the Local Flavors in Marbella

Also in Marbella, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Tour of the Old Town with Wine Tasting & Tapas: $112
  • E-Mountain Bike & Wine Tour from Marbella to Sierra Blanca: $123
  • Manilva & Gaucin Wine Tour from the Costa del Sol: $160
  • Ronda Full Day Wine Tour from Marbella: $210
  • VIP Wine Tour through the Guadalhorce Valley & Wolf Sanctuary Visit: $360
  • Ronda Private Wine Tour and Tapas from Marbella: $406
  • VIP Ronda Wine Tour and Tasting and Gourmet Lunch Experience with Winemaker: $778


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


When is the best time to visit Marbella or Cadiz?

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 Marbella or Cadiz in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Marbella as well as Cadiz. The beaches, snorkeling, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Marbella this time of year. Additionally, many travelers come to Cadiz for the beaches and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Marbella is generally around the same temperature as Cadiz. Temperatures in Marbella average around 25°C (77°F), and Cadiz stays around 25°C (77°F).

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Cadiz. People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Marbella this time of the year. In the summer, Marbella often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Cadiz. Marbella gets 348 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cadiz receives 356 hours of full sun.

Marbella usually gets more rain in July than Cadiz. Marbella gets 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Marbella or Cadiz in the Autumn?

Both Cadiz and Marbella are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Many travelers come to Marbella for the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Also, many visitors come to Cadiz in the autumn for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

Marbella is around the same temperature as Cadiz in the autumn. The temperature in Marbella is usually 19°C (67°F) in October, and Cadiz stays around 20°C (68°F).

It's quite sunny in Cadiz. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Marbella. Marbella usually receives less sunshine than Cadiz during autumn. Marbella gets 213 hours of sunny skies, while Cadiz receives 235 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Marbella usually receives less rain than Cadiz. Marbella gets 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Marbella 19°C (67°F) 
    Cadiz 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Marbella or Cadiz in the Winter?

Both Cadiz and Marbella during the winter are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Marbella in the winter for the shopping scene and the cuisine. Also, most visitors come to Cadiz for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine during these months.

In the winter, Marbella is around the same temperature as Cadiz. Typically, the winter temperatures in Marbella in January are around 12°C (54°F), and Cadiz is about 13°C (55°F).

In the winter, Marbella often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Cadiz. Marbella gets 171 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Cadiz receives 174 hours of full sun.

Marbella usually gets more rain in January than Cadiz. Marbella gets 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Marbella 12°C (54°F) 
    Cadiz 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Marbella or Cadiz in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Marbella and Cadiz. Most visitors come to Marbella for the beaches and the natural beauty during these months. Also, the spring months attract visitors to Cadiz because of the beaches and the natural beauty.

In April, Marbella is generally around the same temperature as Cadiz. Temperatures in Marbella average around 16°C (60°F), and Cadiz stays around 17°C (63°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Cadiz this time of the year. In Marbella, it's very sunny this time of the year. Marbella usually receives less sunshine than Cadiz during spring. Marbella gets 220 hours of sunny skies, while Cadiz receives 253 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Marbella usually receives less rain than Cadiz. Marbella gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Marbella 16°C (60°F) 
    Cadiz 17°C (63°F)

Typical Weather for Cadiz and Marbella

Marbella Cadiz
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (54°F) 83 mm (3.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 75 mm (3 in) 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Mar 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 16°C (61°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 17°C (63°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 24 mm (0.9 in) 19°C (66°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 22°C (72°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Aug 25°C (78°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 15°C (60°F) 115 mm (4.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 98 mm (3.9 in)
Dec 13°C (55°F) 102 mm (4 in) 14°C (57°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)


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