A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Paphos vs. Albufeira for Food, Nightlife, Resorts, and Beaches

Should you visit Paphos or Albufeira?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Paphos or Albufeira, 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.

Paphos

Paphos is a coastal, overlooked, and ancient town. The beauty of this spot is also one of the main reasons why visitors come. And you can't forget about the shopping, museums, and nightlife.

Albufeira

Albufeira is a high energy, party hard, and vibrant resort town. Since it's a large city, you'll find plenty of things to do. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. It's also known for hiking, nightlife, and food.

Paphos and Albufeira: Pros and Cons

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


How is Paphos different from Albufeira?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Food?

Paphos
Albufeira

There are opportunities to sample the local cuisine at great restaurants in both Paphos and Albufeira.

Known for it's food and restaurant scene, Paphos is always at the top of any foodie's travel list. Food is a huge part of the culture and family life in the area. The cuisine is influenced by the surrounding areas and you'll see similarities to Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisines. Popular dishes include koupepia (vine leaves stuffed with a filling called gemista), souvlaki (a meat and salad filled pita), and makaronia tou fournou (a pasta dish made with halloumi and béchamel sauce).

Albufeira has a huge number of terrific restaurants. As the largest resort town in the Algarve, the city also has the widest selection of restaurants. There are traditional options that serve up classic dishes like grilled sardines, as well as international restaurants with traveler favorites. As expected, you'll find a lot of seafood, but you'll also find inland influences from local farms in the area.


Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Nightlife?

Paphos
Albufeira

Party-goers will usually choose Albufeira over Paphos.

Albufeira is a destination that you simply have to visit at least once for nightlife. It's probably the most infamous party destination in the Algarve and it won't disappoint. During the peak summer months you'll find the streets around the popular "Strip" filled with tourists and party-goers. There are hen and stag parties, backpackers, and drunken travelers out for a good time. The Strip has become so popular that there are now bars and clubs on the adjacent streets as well. If you're not staying in the area, you'll likely want to take a taxi, as it's a couple kilometers outside of the town center.

If you're looking for night time activities Paphos has a few options to choose from. Most people think of history, culture, beaches, and wine, but the city also has its share of clubs and bars. It's not the party-hard beach destination that you'll find at some Mediterranean tourist areas, but there are still plenty of bars and clubs with atmosphere and style. Head to Agiou Antoniou Street for the most action.

Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Resorts?

Paphos
Albufeira

With a similar set of options, resorts can be found in both Paphos and Albufeira.

Paphos offers an unforgettable resort vacation. The area is filled with all types of resorts. There are many all-inclusive resorts that cater to families, honeymooners, or luxury vacationers. If you want to experience more of the local culture, there are also smaller boutique hotels or local apartments available.

Albufeira is a world class resort vacation destination. As the largest resort town in the Algarve, you'll find a wide selection of hotels to choose from. Party-goers will want to stay near the Strip while families will prefer the old town or resorts in Olhos de Agua.

Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Paphos
Albufeira

You'll find snorkeling or scuba diving in both Paphos and Albufeira.

Paphos has a few areas where visitors often go scuba diving or snorkeling. There are many snorkeling and dive spots that aren't far away. You'll also find a number of scuba or snorkeling excursions that you can join. The water conditions for snorkeling and diving are best during the summer months.

Albufeira is an extremely popular place to visit for scuba diving and snorkeling. There are countless vendors who will take you by boat to explore the underwater world, either by snorkeling or scuba diving. The marine life is impressive and the water is generally clear.

Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Beaches?

Paphos
Albufeira

Both Paphos and Albufeira have beaches worth visiting.

The beaches in Paphos are among the best in the world. Many people head to the area specifically for the beaches. This region has the longest coastline of any region in Cyprus, but keep in mind that some of the best beaches are found outside of the main tourist areas. However, they most are usually accessible by city bus with many remote stretches found along the Akamas Peninsula. Within town the beaches are often rocky and pebbly.

Albufeira is considered to be a world-class beach destination. With their golden sands and blue waters, the beaches are world class. The area also has a diversity of beaches that are perfect for all types of vacationers. For water sports, head to Praia dos Alemaes but for relaxation and catching some rays check out Praia da Falesia. You'll find some interesting rock formations at Praia dos Olhos de Agua. One of the most convenient beaches to town is Praia dos Pescadores. For nightlife you'll want to head to Praia da Oura.


Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Shopping?

Paphos
Albufeira

Paphos usually beats out Albufeira for shopping.

Paphos is an extremely popular place for shoppers. There are outdoor markets, major shopping streets, and international fashion brands. You can pick up local souvenirs or beach gear that you may have forgotten.

Shopping in Albufeira can be found for those interested. You'll find most of the shops are geared toward souvenirs or beach items, particularly near the beach and marina. If you look hard you might find some nice ceramics or items made of cork.

Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Families?

Paphos
Albufeira

Paphos and Albufeira are both fun destinations for the whole family.

Paphos is a very family-friendly place to visit. There are plenty of outdoor activities that kids will enjoy. Head to the beach or take a walk along the coastline. Animal lovers will appreciate a visit to the zoo, bird park, or aquarium and young thrill seekers will enjoy a day at the Aqua-park of Aphrodite. And, of course, there's also the ruins that kids can have fun exploring.

Albufeira offers lots of family activities. Despite it's reputation as a party-hard city, there are actually a lot of family-friendly activities in the area. Because it's the largest resort town in the Algarve, it also has the most activities to choose from, including theme parks, water parks, dolphin watching, ropes courses, go karting, and more. The best area's for families are in the old town or the most of the family-friendly resorts outside of town. Families should avoid staying near "the Strip."

Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Couples?

Paphos
Albufeira

Paphos and Albufeira are both fun to visit as a couple.

Paphos has so much to offer for a romantic couple's vacation. Honeymooners who enjoy history, nature, beaches, and culture will find it all in the area. There are stunning beaches where you can relax in the sun, world renowned archeological ruins where you can immerse yourself in a historical world, and beautiful views around every corner. There are also excellent restaurants and wine tasting opportunities that will make for a memorable trip.

Albufeira is a great town for couples, as it has plenty to offer. For an active honeymoon or couple's retreat, this resort town has it all. Beautiful beaches, adventure-filled activities, a wild nightlife scene, and excellent resorts and restaurants all make for a memorable couple's getaway.

Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Paphos
Albufeira

Paphos and Albufeira are comparable places to visit for backpackers and budget travelers.

Backpackers come from all over to visit Paphos. The area is generally accessible with a few good hostels and budget accommodation options sprinkled about. There are great beaches and restaurants as well as plenty of beautiful places to enjoy a walk.

With so many budget-friendly offerings, Albufeira is extremely popular for backpackers. If you're looking for a party, then you found it. The area is a top pick for European holidays, so you'll find plenty of energy and activities around town. There are also golden beaches and a decent selection of hostels to choose from.


Is Paphos or Albufeira Better for Public Transit?

Paphos
Albufeira

Paphos provides more public transit options than Albufeira.

Visitors to Paphos can move around easily with public transportation. It's possible to get around by city bus to most places. Buses connect many touristy areas such as Kato Paphos, Tombs of the Kings, Chloraka, Kissonerga, Coral Bay and Paphos Center.

Public transit is mostly limited in Albufeira. There are regional buses and even trains, but do take note that many of the train and bus stations are a good distance outside of town.

Is Paphos or Albufeira a more walkable city?

Paphos
Albufeira

Paphos and Albufeira both are comparable when exploring on foot.

Paphos is somewhat walkable. The main tourist area is Kato Paphos which is small, compact and easy to walk around, but if you want to head to areas further away then you likely won't be able to travel on foot. It's important to understand where your hotel is located if you're planning to explore on foot.

Albufeira is generally not a very walkable town. Most people prefer to hire a car, but if your hotel is near the beach and you're ok with walking to restaurants, then you may be able to get away without one. If you hope to travel into the countryside at all then a car is necessary.

Should I spend more time in Albufeira or Paphos?

How long in Paphos or Albufeira?

Both Paphos and Albufeira have a number of activities to choose from. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Albufeira than Paphos.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Paphos is 3-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Albufeira is 3-7 days.


  • How many days in Paphos or Albufeira? Ideal Length of Stay
    Paphos 3-5 
    Albufeira 3-7

One day in Paphos or Albufeira?

You'll find nightlife and food around the town of Paphos. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Many travelers enjoy the food and scuba diving and snorkeling when visiting the destination of Albufeira. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.

A weekend in Paphos or Albufeira?

You'll find food and scuba diving and snorkeling around the cultural destination of Paphos. People usually spend lots of time at the beach. A weekend is usually not enough time for a trip here as there is plenty to do. This town offers a variety of activities to choose from.

Albufeira is a great place to explore. With so much to do, a weekend is probably not enough time to see everything. Your budget might influence how long you stay.


Five days in Paphos or Albufeira?

You'll find scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping around the cultural town of Paphos. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. If you have five days, this town makes for a great vacation. It's also a relaxing resort destination. Five days should give you a good understanding of everything this town has to offer.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Albufeira. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. Most people come for the beaches. With all of its activities, you can easily fill five days here. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

A week in Paphos or Albufeira?

Paphos is a popular choice for travelers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. One week is usually plenty of time to spend here with extra days to spare. With this much time, visitors often visit nearby destinations or take day trips. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Many travelers enjoy the food and scuba diving and snorkeling when visiting the popular destination of Albufeira. This resort town offers a variety of activities to choose from. Many visitors spend time at the beach while visiting the area. If you have one week, this is a great place to go. This would be the perfect place to spend one week, as it has just the right amount of activities.

Which city is cheaper, Albufeira or Paphos?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Paphos is €77, while the average daily cost in Albufeira is €118. 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 Paphos and Albufeira in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paphos 37
    Albufeira 59
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paphos 74
    Albufeira 118
Compare Hotels in Paphos and Albufeira

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Hotels in Paphos


Hotels in Albufeira


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We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Paphos Hotel Prices and Albufeira Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Paphos 9.29
    Albufeira 27

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paphos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paphos:

  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Chloraka/Coral Bay to Paphos Airport - Minibus: $85
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Chloraka/Coral Bay to Paphos Airport - Minibus 1-13: $109
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Chloraka/Coral Bay to Paphos Airport - Minivan: $54
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Chloraka/Coral Bay to Paphos airport - Taxi: $44
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Chloraka/Coral Bay - Minivan: $54
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Chloraka/Coral bay - Minibus: $85
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Chloraka/Coral bay - Minibus 1-13: $109
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Chloraka/Coral bay - Taxi: $44
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Paphos Town - Minibus: $72
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Paphos Town - Minibus 1-13: $86
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Paphos Town - Minivan: $47
  • Airport Transfers Cyprus - Paphos Airport to Paphos Town - Shared Shuttle: $19

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Albufeira Private Transfer to Faro: $16
  • Albufeira Shared Departure Transfer to Faro: $14
  • Departure Transfer Albufeira or Açoteias to Faro Airport FAO by Private Vehicle: $38
  • Enjoy Three Days in Algarve ( Hotel & Transfers & Tours ): $330
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer - Albufeira (Departure): $22
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to Albufeira: $58
  • Faro Airport: Private Transfer to Albufeira & Olhos De Água: $43
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Albufeira: $22
  • Lisbon Airoport Private Transfer To Algarve ( 8 Seats Van ): $566
  • Private Airport Transfer Faro - Albufeira: $58
  • Private Airport Transfer Faro - Lagos: $114
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $68

Is it cheaper to fly into Paphos or Albufeira?

Prices for flights to both Albufeira and Paphos 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
    Paphos 30
    Albufeira 38

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Paphos

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

  • Traditional Cuisine & Cultural Flavours - City Walking Food Tour Paphos 2.5hrs: $59
  • Sea Star Evening Dinner and Fireworks Cruise from Paphos: $73

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Paphos 9.56
    Albufeira 31

Tours and Activities in Paphos

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

  • Lefkara & Nicosia Tour from Paphos: $25
  • Limassol Tour from Paphos: $25
  • Troodos and Kykkos Day Tour from Paphos: $26
  • Nicosia Full Day Shopping Tour from Paphos: $28
  • Authentic Cyprus Historic Day Tour from Paphos: $32
  • Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark Admission Ticket: $39
  • Ocean Flyer Half Day Cruise from Paphos harbour: $44
  • Full-day Famagusta, Varosha, and Salamis Tour from Paphos: $47
  • Jolly Roger Boat Cruise from Paphos: $49
  • 1 Hour Tour to Local Radio in Paphos with Live Radio Show: $50
  • Jolly Roger Pirate Ship Cruise from Paphos: $50
  • The Paphos Segway Tours: $57

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

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

  • Lagos & Sagres Guided Bus Tour: $25
  • Albufeira Beach Tour: $25
  • Pirate Ship Cruise along the Algarve Coast: $27
  • 'Leaozinho' Pirate Ship Cruise from Albufeira: $30
  • 1.5 Hour Quad Off-Road Tour from Albufeira: $31
  • 2.5-Hour Dolphin Watching and Caves Cruise: $31
  • Dolphins, Benagil Caves and Coastline Boat Tour: $33
  • Private Guided Tuk Tuk Tour with pick-up and drop-off in Albufeira: $33
  • From 2.5-Hour Dolphin and Sea Caves Boat Tour: $34
  • Algarve Kayak and Coastline Tour: $34
  • Abulferia: 3-Hour Yacht Cruise to Benagil: $34
  • Kayaking Tour With Optional Beach BBQ: $34

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Paphos 7.98
    Albufeira 21

Sample the Local Flavors in Paphos

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Paphos:

  • WINE TOUR from Paphos: $372

Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira

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

  • Small group Wine Tasting Tour from Albufeira: $61
  • sunset wine tasting from Albufeira: $87
  • Half Day Small Group Premium Wine Tour from Albufeira: $93
  • Wine Tour & Walking 7 Hanging Valleys - Coast Algarve: $156
  • From Algarve: Medieval Évora with Lunch and Wine Tasting: $319
  • Algarve Art and Wine Tour from Albufeira: $653


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


When is the best time to visit Paphos or Albufeira?

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 Paphos or Albufeira in the Summer?

Both Albufeira and Paphos are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Paphos in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences. Also, most visitors come to Albufeira for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In the summer, Paphos is around the same temperature as Albufeira. Typically, the summer temperatures in Paphos in July are around 27°C (80°F), and Albufeira is about 25°C (78°F).

In July, Paphos usually receives less rain than Albufeira. Paphos gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Paphos 27°C (80°F) 
    Albufeira 25°C (78°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Albufeira in the Autumn?

Both Albufeira and Paphos during the autumn are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Paphos for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area during these months. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Albufeira because of the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, and the natural beauty of the area.

In October, Paphos is generally a little warmer than Albufeira. Temperatures in Paphos average around 21°C (70°F), and Albufeira stays around 19°C (67°F).

Paphos usually gets less rain in October than Albufeira. Paphos gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Paphos 21°C (70°F) 
    Albufeira 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Albufeira in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Paphos and Albufeira. The winter months attract visitors to Paphos because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Also, the cuisine are the main draw to Albufeira this time of year.

Paphos is around the same temperature as Albufeira in the winter. The temperature in Paphos is usually 12°C (53°F) in January, and Albufeira stays around 11°C (52°F).

In January, Paphos usually receives less rain than Albufeira. Paphos gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Paphos 12°C (53°F) 
    Albufeira 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Albufeira in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Paphos as well as Albufeira. The beaches and the natural beauty are the main draw to Paphos this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Albufeira for the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Paphos is around the same temperature as Albufeira. Typically, the spring temperatures in Paphos in April are around 17°C (62°F), and Albufeira is about 15°C (60°F).

Paphos usually gets less rain in April than Albufeira. Paphos gets 11 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Paphos 17°C (62°F) 
    Albufeira 15°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Albufeira and Paphos

Paphos Albufeira
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 13°C (56°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 17°C (62°F) 11 mm (0.4 in) 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
May 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 27°C (80°F) 0 mm (0 in) 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 25°C (76°F) 1 mm (0 in) 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Oct 21°C (70°F) 19 mm (0.7 in) 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 17°C (62°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Dec 13°C (56°F) 76 mm (3 in) 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)


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