A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Marbella vs. Porto for Food, Nightlife, Couples, and Backpackers

Should you visit Marbella or Porto?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Marbella or Porto, 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 high energy, ritzy, and glamorous resort town. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. Other reasons to visit include scuba diving and snorkeling, beaches, and shopping.

Porto

Porto is a cultural, cosmopolitan, and dynamic port city. Travelers will also find plenty of sights and attractions here, as it's a big city that attracts lots of visitors. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. Visitors also love the food, shopping, and museums.

Marbella and Porto: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Good for shopping
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for food
  • Less popular with backpackers
Pros
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for shopping


How is Marbella different from Porto?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Marbella or Porto Better for Food?

Marbella
Porto

For a nice culinary experience, head to Porto, which is well known for it's local dishes and restaurants.

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Porto is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. The area's cuisine combines the ocean setting with the agriculture of the surrounding area, so you'll enjoy both seafood dishes as well as fresh meats and vegetables. The area is also famous for its Port wines and red wines.

There are many up and coming restaurants in the Marbella area. The area is filled with tourists, so finding an authentic dining experience can be difficult. Several favorite dishes include croquetas, boquerones, and pulpo.


Is Marbella or Porto Better for Nightlife?

Marbella
Porto

The nightlife scene is relatively similar in Marbella and Porto.

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.

Porto is a popular destination for visitors looking to party into the night. This city comes to life in the evening, particularly on weekends when locals and tourists alike flock to the many bars, restaurants, and nightclubs.

Is Marbella or Porto Better for its Old Town?

Marbella
Porto

Marbella and Porto 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.

Porto is an extremely popular place to visit the historic old town area. Known as Porto Ribeira, the city's historic district is the most visited part of the town. It begins on the banks of the River Douro and climbs into the hills behind it.

Is Marbella or Porto Better for Shopping?

Marbella
Porto

Marbella usually beats out Porto for shopping.

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.

Many visitors go to Porto to go shopping. The city has both your standard shopping mall stores as well as local vendors and boutique shops.

Is Marbella or Porto Better for Families?

Marbella
Porto

Marbella and Porto 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.

Porto is known to be a very family-friendly place to visit. The city has several cool museums including the interactive museum, The World of Discoveries. There are also parks, playgrounds, zoos, and aquariums that you can explore. For families that enjoy being outside, this is a great city.


Is Marbella or Porto Better for Couples?

Marbella
Porto

Marbella and Porto are both fun to visit as a couple.

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.

Couples visit Porto frequently as it offers plenty of romantic activities. You can visit the palaces, enjoy shopping, or dine in a nice Portuguese restaurant. The area is also famous for its wine, so the city has plenty for couples to do on a romantic getaway.

Is Marbella or Porto Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Marbella
Porto

Porto is a more popular resort town for backpackers.

With so many budget-friendly offerings, Porto is extremely popular for backpackers. By combining world-class activities with affordability, this city has become a popular stop off for backpackers in the area.

Marbella is popular with backpackers and budget travelers. 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.

Is Marbella or Porto Better for Public Transit?

Marbella
Porto

Visitors will find public transit in both Marbella and Porto.

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

You'll find some public transit in Porto, but it may not be enough to take you everywhere. There is a metro system as well as a bus system. While the metro system does have six lines, most stations aren't close to the tourist attractions, so it likely won't be that helpful to visitors.

Is Marbella or Porto a more walkable city?

Marbella
Porto

Marbella and Porto 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.

Porto is a somewhat walkable resort town. The city center is very compact with most of the sights within a short walk of each other. The area is also very hilly, so getting from place to place can require a bit of effort.


Should I spend more time in Porto or Marbella?

How long in Marbella or Porto?

In either Marbella or Porto, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. You can fill a similar amount of time in either place.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Marbella is 2-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Porto is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Marbella or Porto? Ideal Length of Stay
    Marbella 2-5 
    Porto 2-5

One day in Marbella or Porto?

In Marbella, many people enjoy the live music and food that this ritzy destination offers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. This resort town offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.

Porto is a big city with plenty to do. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

A weekend in Marbella or Porto?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Marbella. For many, it makes a great getaway for a weekend. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. This would be the perfect place to spend a weekend, as it has just the right amount of activities. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Porto is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. If you have a weekend, this port city makes for a great vacation. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Porto, a weekend is sufficent for most. Take your pick from the many activities offered here.

Five days in Marbella or Porto?

Marbella is a fun place to experience. In Marbella, many people enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping that this destination offers. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. This would be the perfect place to spend five days, as it has just the right amount of activities.

Porto is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. It's no surprise that food is why people visit. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Porto, five days is sufficent for most. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

A week in Marbella or Porto?

You'll find shopping and nightlife around the fun-filled destination of Marbella. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. One week is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

Porto is a great place to explore. It's no surprise that food is why people visit. Visiting the old town is also a must. One week is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. This port city offers something for everyone.

Which city is cheaper, Porto 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 Porto 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 city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Marbella and Porto in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Marbella 49
    Porto 52
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Marbella 98
    Porto 104
Compare Hotels in Marbella and Porto

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Hotels in Marbella


Hotels in Porto


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Marbella 19
    Porto 16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Marbella

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

  • Private Transfer Marbella, Malaga, Gibraltar or Tarifa to Seville SVQ by Minivan: $698
  • Private Transfer Marbella, Malaga, Gibraltar or Tarifa to Seville SVQ by Sedan: $568
  • Private Transfer from Marbella to Malaga (AGP) airport: $151
  • Private Transfer from La Quinta Golf Resort to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $151
  • Private Transfer from Nueva Andalucía to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $144
  • Private Transfer from Los Monteros to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $122
  • Private Transfer from Elviria to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $111
  • Private Transfer from Las Chapas 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
  • TRANSFER MALAGA AIRPORT from/to MARBELLA-PRICE ALL INCLUSIVE: $106

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Porto

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

  • Transfer to Lisbon from Porto with stop in Fátima or Coimbra (1hour): $348
  • Transfer to Lisbon from Porto: $311
  • Transfer from Porto to Vigo or Vigo to Porto: $398
  • Transfer from Porto to Lisbon with 2 Touristic Stops (Óbidos, Fátima or Coimbra): $425
  • Transfer from Porto Airport to Porto Center: $27
  • Transfer from Oporto to Lisbon with stops: $373
  • Transfer between Oporto and the Airport: $16
  • Transfer Tour Between Lisbon and Porto: $743
  • Transfer Service: $34
  • Transfer Porto | Lisbon or Lisbon | Porto: $597
  • Transfer Porto to Vigo: $173
  • Transfer Porto to São Tiago de Compostela: $281

Is it cheaper to fly into Marbella or Porto?

Prices for flights to both Porto 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
    Porto 29

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Porto

For Porto, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Pastel de Nata Cooking Class with Grandma's Recipe: $23
  • Traditional Portuguese sweets cooking class: $30
  • Pastel de Nata cooking class in Porto: $30
  • Authentic Porto Food Tour & Market Experience for private groups: $61
  • Private Food Tour – 10 Tastings with Locals: $65
  • Half-Day Brunch Food Tour in Porto: $66
  • Half-Day Food Tour: $68
  • Craft Beer & Food Tour: $73
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Porto Private Food Tour: $73
  • 3-Hour Porto by Night Tour with Fado Show & Dinner: $74
  • Half-Day Porto Walking Food Tour and Tasting for Small-Group: $75
  • Withlocals Your Way: Porto 100% Personalised Private Food Tour: $77

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Marbella 15
    Porto 20

Tours and Activities in Marbella

For Marbella, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Alhambra Private Tour from with Transport and skip-the-line tickets: $386
  • Bike City Tour Marbella: $32
  • Can-am Route Experience: $77
  • Casares private half-day Tour from Marbella or Malaga: $299
  • E-Mountain Bike Explorer Tour departing from Marbella: $93
  • From Blue to Blue - Hiking tour in the Rif Mountains of Morocco: $1,151
  • From Costa del Sol: Casares Private Tour: $274
  • Full-Day Gibraltar Shopping Tour from the Costa del Sol: $33
  • Granada and Alhambra from Marbella and Costa del Sol: Vip Private Tour: $862
  • Half-day White Villages E-Mountain Bike Tour: $148
  • Marbella Gourmet Tapas Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $88
  • Marbella Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $41

Tours and Activities in Porto

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

  • 2-Hours of Porto Sunset Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $58
  • 3-Hour Best of Porto Segway Tour - Guided Experience: $61
  • 3-Hour Electric Porto Bike Tour: $51
  • 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Porto: $31
  • 3-Hour Porto Bike Tour: $44
  • 3-Hour Walking Tour: Tiles of Porto: $34
  • 3-Hour of Porto Highlights on a Electric Bike - Guided Tour: $45
  • 4 hour Cultural Walking Tour and Fado Show: $51
  • 5 Food & Wine Houses Walking Tour: $80
  • 6-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto, Braga, Fátima, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Aveiro and Batalha, from Lisbon: $1,157
  • 7-Day The Way of St James Bike Tour- The Coast Path - Camino to Santiago: $2,011
  • Admission Ticket to Casa São Roque Art Center: $9.95

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Marbella 4.57
    Porto 15

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Porto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Porto:

  • Magic Train Tour and Port Wine Tastings: $14
  • Cálem Cellar Tour, Interactive Museum & Wine Tasting: $16
  • Porto Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional River Cruise and Wine Tasting: $19
  • Porto Pub Crawl with Unlimited beer: $19
  • Graham's Port Lodge Guided Tour and Wine Tasting: $19
  • Private Porto Secrets Walking Tour With free Port Wine Tasting: $21
  • 4-hour Guided Porto Pub Crawl including drinks: $22
  • Fun Discovery Walk in Porto's Centre: the most mysterious pub crawl: $23
  • Pub Crawl Porto: $24
  • Cálem Cellar Tour, Fado Show & Wine Tasting: $26
  • Authentic Oporto Walking Tour with Wine Tasting: $30
  • Graham's Port Lodge Tour with Wine Tasting & Pairings: $34


When comparing the travel costs between Marbella and Porto, we can see that Porto is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Marbella or Porto?

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 Marbella or Porto in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Marbella and Porto. Most visitors come to Marbella for the beaches, snorkeling, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences during these months. Furthermore, the summer months attract visitors to Porto because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Marbella is generally a little warmer than Porto. Temperatures in Marbella average around 25°C (77°F), and Porto stays around 21°C (69°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Porto this time of the year. In Marbella, it's very sunny this time of the year. Marbella usually receives more sunshine than Porto during summer. Marbella gets 348 hours of sunny skies, while Porto receives 308 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Marbella usually receives less rain than Porto. Marbella gets 2 mm (0.1 in) of rain, while Porto receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Marbella 25°C (77°F) 
    Porto 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Marbella or Porto in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Marbella as well as Porto. The autumn months attract visitors to Marbella because of the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area. Additionally, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Porto this time of year.

Marbella is a little warmer than Porto in the autumn. The temperature in Marbella is usually 19°C (67°F) in October, and Porto stays around 17°C (62°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Marbella this time of the year. In the autumn, Marbella often gets more sunshine than Porto. Marbella gets 213 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Porto receives 184 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Porto. Marbella usually gets less rain in October than Porto. Marbella gets 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Porto receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Marbella 19°C (67°F) 
    Porto 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Marbella or Porto in the Winter?

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

In the winter, Marbella is a little warmer than Porto. Typically, the winter temperatures in Marbella in January are around 12°C (54°F), and Porto is about 10°C (50°F).

Marbella usually receives more sunshine than Porto during winter. Marbella gets 171 hours of sunny skies, while Porto receives 124 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Porto. In January, Marbella usually receives less rain than Porto. Marbella gets 83 mm (3.3 in) of rain, while Porto receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Marbella 12°C (54°F) 
    Porto 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Marbella or Porto in the Spring?

Both Porto and Marbella during the spring are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Marbella for the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, many visitors come to Porto in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In April, Marbella is generally a little warmer than Porto. Temperatures in Marbella average around 16°C (60°F), and Porto stays around 14°C (56°F).

In Porto, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Marbella. In the spring, Marbella often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Porto. Marbella gets 220 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Porto receives 217 hours of full sun.

Porto gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Marbella usually gets less rain in April than Porto. Marbella gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Porto receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Marbella 16°C (60°F) 
    Porto 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Porto and Marbella

Marbella Porto
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (54°F) 83 mm (3.3 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 75 mm (3 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 24 mm (0.9 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 22°C (72°F) 13 mm (0.5 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 25°C (78°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 15 mm (0.6 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 54 mm (2.1 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 15°C (60°F) 115 mm (4.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 13°C (55°F) 102 mm (4 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)


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