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

Should you visit Paphos or Faro?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Paphos or Faro, 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 ancient, beautiful, and cultural town. This is also a very beautiful destination which attracts plenty of visitors. Other reasons to visit include beaches, shopping, and museums.

Faro

Faro is a popular, busy, and active resort town. It's also known for beaches, shopping, and nightlife.

Paphos and Faro: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular for food and cuisine
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
Cons
  • Less popular for food
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less family-friendly
  • Less popular with couples


How is Paphos different from Faro?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Paphos or Faro Better for Food?

Paphos
Faro

Paphos has a longer list of notable local restaurants than Faro.

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).

You'll find the standard options when it comes to food in Faro. It has become a major tourist town, so you have to get a bit creative to find a more traditional restaurant. Look for fresh seafood like cod, monkfish, or shellfish if you want some local flavors.


Is Paphos or Faro Better for Nightlife?

Paphos
Faro

It's hard to distinguish whether Paphos or Faro has a better nightlife scene.

Paphos has an active nightlife scene for those who seek it out. 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.

The nightlife in Faro has something for everybody. The city's bustling party scene thrives along Rua de São Pedro, Rua Conselheiro Bívar, and Rua do Prior.

Is Paphos or Faro Better for Resorts?

Paphos
Faro

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

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.

Faro is a world class resort vacation destination. Popular resorts include Vila Vita Parc Resort and Spa, Conrad Algarve, and Tivoli Carvoeiro.

Is Paphos or Faro Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Paphos
Faro

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

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.

It's fun to get in the water and check out the local marine life in Faro. There are both snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities in the area. It's possible to snorkel off of several beaches or arrange a scuba diving excursion with a local dive shop.

Is Paphos or Faro Better for Beaches?

Paphos
Faro

Paphos is considered to be a more popular beach destination than Faro.

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.

Plenty of visitors enjoy relaxing on the beach in Faro. The most popular beach in the area is Faro Beach. It can get crowded during the summer months but if you walk a bit you can often get away from the crowds. To reach the beach you'll need a car or you can take the bus as the beach is about 10 km away.


Is Paphos or Faro Better for its Old Town?

Paphos
Faro

Paphos and Faro both have historical old towns that attract visitors.

Many visitors go to Paphos to see the historical old town. The old town is a pleasant area to walk around with a number of interesting buildings.

Plenty of visitors enjoy exploring the old town in Faro. You'll find historic buildings and cobblestone streets in the old town. It's a nice place to explore, grab a bite to eat, and do a little shopping.

Is Paphos or Faro Better for Shopping?

Paphos
Faro

Shopping is a popular activity in both Faro and Paphos.

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 is a popular activity when visiting Faro. The town isn't as big as some others, so it's shopping scene isn't as comprehensive, but you will find the major brands as well as souvenir shops to peruse when you need a break from the beach.

Is Paphos or Faro Better for Families?

Paphos
Faro

Families will find a wider variety of activities in Paphos than Faro.

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.

For families, Faro is not always the best place to visit. There are some nice nature reserves in the area so kids who love wildlife will enjoy a visit.

Is Paphos or Faro Better for Couples?

Paphos
Faro

Paphos offers a wider variety of romantic activities for couples than Faro.

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.

Faro makes for a fun place to visit for a couple. With the beautiful natural areas and historic old town, this seaport makes a nice couples vacation.


Is Paphos or Faro Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Paphos
Faro

Paphos and Faro 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.

It's common for backpackers to visit Faro. The are some good hostels in the area, but it's a bit tricky to get around without a car.

Is Paphos or Faro Better for Public Transit?

Paphos
Faro

You'll find somewhat comparable public transit options in both Paphos and Faro.

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.

While Faro offers some public transit options, it might not be your first choice. There are buses that connect the city to the beach, the airport, and other outlying areas.

Is Paphos or Faro a more walkable city?

Paphos
Faro

Paphos and Faro 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.

Faro is a somewhat walkable place. The city's old town is particularly walkable.

Should I spend more time in Faro or Paphos?

How long in Paphos or Faro?

In either Paphos or Faro, 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 Paphos is 3-5 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Faro is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Paphos or Faro? Ideal Length of Stay
    Paphos 3-5 
    Faro 2-5

One day in Paphos or Faro?

Visitors enjoy the nightlife and food when visiting the destination of Paphos. People usually spend lots of time at the beach. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything.

Many travelers enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping when visiting the destination of Faro. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than one day exploring.


A weekend in Paphos or Faro?

Paphos is a fun place to experience. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Faro is a great place to explore. It is common to spend a weekend here. With all of its activities, you can easily fill a weekend here. Your budget might influence how long you stay.

Five days in Paphos or Faro?

Visitors enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping when visiting the coastal destination of Paphos. This town offers something for everyone. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. Plenty of people spend five days in the area when traveling. Five days is often enough time to do most activities.

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Faro. For many, it makes a great getaway for five days. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. 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 Faro?

The coastal town of Paphos offers shopping and museums. You'll find plenty of activities on the beach. The length of your trip often depends on your style of travel. 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.

Travelers enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping when visiting the popular destination of Faro. This resort town offers a variety of activities to choose from. Travelers enjoy the resorts in the area as well. Most people find that one week is more than enough time to see everything.

Which city is cheaper, Faro 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 Faro is €107. 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 Faro in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Paphos 37
    Faro 60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Paphos 74
    Faro 120
Compare Hotels in Paphos and Faro

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Hotels in Paphos


Hotels in Faro


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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: Paphos Hotel Prices and Faro Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Paphos 9.29
    Faro 7.62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Paphos

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Paphos:

  • Cyprus Airport Transfers - Paphos Town to Larnaca Airport - Minibus 1-13: $274
  • Cyprus Airport Transfers - Chloraka/Coral bay to Larnaca Airport - Minibus 1-13: $274
  • Departure Private Transfer Paphos City to Larnaca Airport LCA by Minibus: $262
  • Departure Private Transfer Paphos City to Larnaca Airport LCA by Luxury Car: $262
  • Departure Private Transfer Paphos City to Larnaca Airport LCA by Luxury Van: $240
  • Arrival Private Transfer Paphos Airport PFO to Nicosia City by Luxury Van: $228
  • Cyprus Airport Transfers - Chloraka/Coral bay to Larnaca Airport - Minibus: $224
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Larnaca Airport to Paphos: $218
  • Private Transfer from Paphos Airport to Larnaca in Minivan(Taxi): $218
  • Cyprus Airport Transfers - Paphos Town to Larnaca Airport - Minibus: $216
  • Cyprus Airport Transfers - Chloraka/Coral bay to Larnaca Airport - Minivan: $179
  • Cyprus Airport Transfers - Paphos Town to Larnaca Airport - Minivan: $177

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Faro

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

  • Algarve private transfer to Seville: $307
  • Algarve to/from Seville Transfer: $325
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport - Carvoeiro: $58
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Albufeira or Açoteias by Private Vehicle: $38
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Meia Praia or Lagos by Private Vehicle: $78
  • Arrival Transfer Faro Airport FAO to Vilamoura or Qta do Lago by Private Vehicle: $32
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 4 passengers): $398
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to LISBON (1 to 8 passengers): $498
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (1 to 4 passengers): $435
  • Chauffeur ALGARVE ALL CITIES Private Transfer to SEVILLE (5 to 8 passengers): $498
  • Faro Airport (Algarve) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Vilamoura Hotels or Address): $45
  • Faro Airport FAO Transfer to Alvor, Carvoeiro or Portimão by Private Vehicle: $64

Is it cheaper to fly into Paphos or Faro?

Prices for flights to both Faro 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
    Faro 29

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
    Faro 7.53

Tours and Activities in Paphos

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

  • 1 Hour Tour to Local Radio in Paphos with Live Radio Show: $50
  • Akamas 4x4 Adventure: $197
  • All in Paphos big photo tour!: $398
  • Authentic Cyprus Historic Day Tour from Paphos: $32
  • Blue Lagoon Day Cruise from Paphos: $83
  • Cruise and 4X4 Safari Tour at Akamas Peninsula from Paphos: $106
  • Fireworks Night Cruise from Paphos: $81
  • Full-day Famagusta, Varosha, and Salamis Tour from Paphos: $47
  • Grand Tour Jeep Safari - Kykkos Monastery (From Paphos): $93
  • Guided tour “Love stories of Paphos”: $496
  • Half Day BBQ Lunch Cruise from Paphos: $58
  • Halloumi Heaven ( Cheese-Making Workshop & Tour): $112

Tours and Activities in Faro

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

  • Horse Experience For Children: Lead Rein Riding: $3.72
  • Hop On Hop Off City Tour by Tourist Train: $6.84
  • Albufeira: MiniGolf Adventure Park Entry Ticket: $11
  • Birds and Nature Catamaran Tour from Faro: $19
  • Speed Boat Tour - Ria Formosa: $32
  • Ria Formosa National Park Boat Tour: $34
  • From 2-Island, 2-Stop Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour: $34
  • Ria Formosa Natural Park Boat Cruise from Faro: $37
  • Birdwatching Boat Tour in Ria Formosa: $38
  • Small-Group Tour in Faro Islands: $40
  • From 4 Islands, 4 Stops in Ria Formosa Catamaran Tour: $40
  • Private Speed Boat Tour: $45

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Paphos 7.98
    Faro 2.50

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 Faro

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Faro:

  • Traditional Portuguese Guitar performance with Exhibition Museum & Wine Tasting: $21


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Paphos and Faro, we can see that Faro 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 Faro would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Faro than you might in Paphos.


When is the best time to visit Paphos or Faro?

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 Paphos or Faro in the Summer?

Both Faro and Paphos during the summer are popular places to visit. The summer months attract visitors to Paphos because of the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences. Furthermore, the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Faro this time of year.

Paphos is around the same temperature as Faro in the summer. The temperature in Paphos is usually 27°C (80°F) in July, and Faro stays around 25°C (78°F).

In Faro, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Paphos. In the summer, Paphos often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Faro. Paphos gets 388 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Faro receives 374 hours of full sun.

Paphos usually gets less rain in July than Faro. Paphos gets 0 mm (0 in) of rain, while Faro receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Paphos or Faro in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Paphos and Faro. The shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Paphos this time of year. Furthermore, many travelers come to Faro for the shopping scene.

In the autumn, Paphos is around the same temperature as Faro. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Paphos in October are around 21°C (70°F), and Faro is about 20°C (68°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Faro this time of the year. In Paphos, it's very sunny this time of the year. Paphos usually receives more sunshine than Faro during autumn. Paphos gets 270 hours of sunny skies, while Faro receives 222 hours of full sun in the autumn.

In October, Paphos usually receives less rain than Faro. Paphos gets 19 mm (0.7 in) of rain, while Faro receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Paphos 21°C (70°F) 
    Faro 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Faro in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Paphos as well as Faro. Many travelers come to Paphos for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine. Additionally, many visitors come to Faro in the winter for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In January, Paphos is generally around the same temperature as Faro. Temperatures in Paphos average around 12°C (53°F), and Faro stays around 12°C (54°F).

In the winter, Paphos often gets more sunshine than Faro. Paphos gets 180 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Faro receives 161 hours of full sun.

Paphos usually gets less rain in January than Faro. Paphos gets 65 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Faro receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Paphos 12°C (53°F) 
    Faro 12°C (54°F)

Should I visit Paphos or Faro in the Spring?

Both Faro and Paphos are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Paphos in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, most visitors come to Faro for the beaches during these months.

Paphos is around the same temperature as Faro in the spring. The temperature in Paphos is usually 17°C (62°F) in April, and Faro stays around 17°C (62°F).

It's quite sunny in Faro. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Paphos. Paphos usually receives more sunshine than Faro during spring. Paphos gets 270 hours of sunny skies, while Faro receives 248 hours of full sun in the spring.

In April, Paphos usually receives less rain than Faro. Paphos gets 11 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Faro receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Paphos 17°C (62°F) 
    Faro 17°C (62°F)

Typical Weather for Faro and Paphos

Paphos Faro
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 12°C (54°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 13°C (56°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 13°C (56°F) 49 mm (1.9 in) 15°C (58°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 17°C (62°F) 11 mm (0.4 in) 17°C (62°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
May 20°C (69°F) 7 mm (0.3 in) 19°C (67°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jun 24°C (75°F) 1 mm (0 in) 22°C (72°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) 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 17°C (62°F) 44 mm (1.7 in) 16°C (60°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Dec 13°C (56°F) 76 mm (3 in) 12°C (54°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)


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