A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Peniche vs. Albufeira for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Peniche or Albufeira?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Peniche and Albufeira can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Peniche or Albufeira?

Peniche

Peniche is a beach destination with many attractions for travelers. First, the raging sea and the lay of the land make this a popular surfing destination. The best of many supreme beaches is Praia dos Supertubos, which has a tubular wave fit for big time international events. Peniche has also been a port since the Early Modern Age, when a fort was constructed to defend it. This monument has an absorbing history, first as a maritime defense and then a prison during the Estado Novo regime in the 20th century. The walled historic center makes for pleasant strolling, and the seaside fort where Salazar's regime detained political prisoners is a must-see for anyone interested in Portuguese history. Artisan lovers will enjoy Peniche's specialty, handmade lace, and it is even possible to see the lace-work in action. And on top of everything, Peniche also has the Berlingas Islands, a natural reserve off the coast, which are well worth a visit.

Albufeira

Located in the Algarve region in the south of Portugal, Albufeira was once a small fishing village which has since evolved into a popular destination for tourists attracted by the area's beaches, pleasant climate, and fresh seafood.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Vineyard & Wine Tours in Portugal, The Best Food and Culinary Tours in Portugal, The Best Romantic Tours for Couples in Portugal, and The Best Walking Tours in Portugal.


Which place is cheaper, Albufeira or Peniche?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Peniche is €122, while the average daily cost in Albufeira is €148. 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 Peniche and Albufeira in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Peniche 50
    Albufeira 74
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Peniche 100
    Albufeira 148
Compare Hotels in Peniche and Albufeira

Looking for a hotel in Peniche or Albufeira? 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 Peniche


Hotels in Albufeira


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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: Peniche Hotel Prices and Albufeira Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Peniche 53
    Albufeira 34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Peniche

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

  • Lisbon: Transfer from/to Peniche (Wave Capital): $128

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Albufeira

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Albufeira:

  • Private Transfer From Algarve to Sevilha By 8 Seats Minibus: $511
  • Private transfer from Albufeira to Lisbon with 2 hours sightseeing: $282
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo Antonio - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $163
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $151
  • Transfer Vila Nova de Cacela - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $151
  • Transfer Vila Real de Santo António - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $139
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $109
  • Transfer Alcantarilha - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $98
  • Private Airport Transfer To Albufeira Area: $98
  • Faro Airport (Algarve) Departure Transfer (Vilamoura Hotels to Faro Airport): $88
  • Private Transfer from Pera to Faro (FAO) Airport: $81
  • Private Transfer from Alte to Faro (FAO) Airport: $81

Is it cheaper to fly into Peniche or Albufeira?

Prices for flights to both Albufeira and Peniche 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
    Peniche 41
    Albufeira 48

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Albufeira

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

  • A Portuguese Dinner and Cocktail Experience with pick up: $49
  • Portuguese Dinner and Cocktail Experience with Pick up: $52
  • Dinner at the Vineyards in Lagoa: $60
  • Algarve Bike and Food Tour with Sea Food and Wine Tasting: $61
  • Sunset Safari with Traditional Dinner : $65
  • 6-Hour Sunset Dinner Catamaran Cruise from Albufeira: $74
  • Sunset Tour - Champagne and Traditional Dinner: $75
  • Half-Day-Orange Picking &Jam Cooking/Lunch with the Orange Farmer: $109

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Peniche 19
    Albufeira 39

Tours and Activities in Peniche

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

  • From 1-Hour Cabo Carvoeiro Boat Tour: $16
  • Private Walking Tour - Footsteps of Our People: $21
  • From Round-Trip Boat Tour of Berlengas Archipelago: $23
  • Berlenga Island and Cave Tour: $33
  • Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour: $33
  • Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour: $36
  • Peniche : Walking Tour: $37
  • Traction Buoy or Banana Boat Adventure: $43
  • Berlengas Island Caves Tour and Snorkeling: $44
  • Private Jeep Tour + Tasting Offer: $53
  • Mountain Bike Tour: $53
  • From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour: $133

Tours and Activities in Albufeira

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

  • Algarve Coast & Chapel of Bones ( Private Van Tour ): $52
  • Safari Experience with Traditional Tapas: $76
  • 3 Hour Benagil Sunset and Coastline Boat Tour in Albufeira: $36
  • 3 Hour Cruise Experience from Vilamoura: $33
  • 4 Hour Cruise along the Algarve Coastline: $92
  • Albufeira 1 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $33
  • Albufeira 1.5-Hour Off-road Quad Tour: $43
  • Albufeira 2 hour Off-Road Tour Quad Adventure Tour: $35
  • Albufeira 3.5 hour Off-Road Tour Buggy Adventure Tour: $65
  • Albufeira 3.5 hour Off-Road Tour Quad Adventure Tour: $46
  • Albufeira 6-Hour Off-Road Quad Tour: $201
  • Albufeira Algarve 4Hours Benagil Tasting Experience: $96

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Peniche 12
    Albufeira 26

Sample the Local Flavors in Albufeira

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

  • 3 Hours Pub Crawl in Albufeira with Professional Party Makers: $32
  • Sunset Wine Tasting With BBQ in Porches: $49
  • Exclusive Wine Tasting Experience in Porches (Algarve): $49
  • Porches Algarve Vineyard Tour and Wine Tasting Experience: $53
  • Half Day Safari Tour with Wine Tasting: $58
  • Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Tapas: $63
  • Small-Group Wine Tour & Silves Exploration (from Albufeira): $67
  • Wine Tour and Tasting - Semi-Private from Albufeira: $71
  • Albufeira Coast Tour w/ Wine tasting & Chicken lunch: $74
  • Albufeira Coast Tour with Wine Tasting and Chicken PiriPiri Lunch: $75
  • From Private Lagos Tour Whith Wine Tasting: $92
  • Lagos and Ponta Da Piedade Private Tour & Algarvian Wine Tasting: $106


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

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


Which is Bigger, Peniche or Albufeira?

Albufeira has a larger population, and is about 1% larger than the population of Peniche. When comparing the sizes of Peniche and Albufeira, 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 Peniche or Albufeira?

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 Peniche or Albufeira in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Peniche as well as Albufeira. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Albufeira because of the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences.

Peniche is around the same temperature as Albufeira in the summer. The daily temperature in Peniche averages around 23°C (73°F) in July, and Albufeira fluctuates around 25°C (78°F).

Peniche usually gets more rain in July than Albufeira. Peniche gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Peniche 23°C (73°F) 
    Albufeira 25°C (78°F)

Should I visit Peniche or Albufeira in the Autumn?

Both Albufeira and Peniche are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. Also, the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Albufeira this time of year.

In the autumn, Peniche is around the same temperature as Albufeira. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Peniche in October average around 19°C (66°F), and Albufeira averages at about 19°C (67°F).

In October, Peniche usually receives more rain than Albufeira. Peniche gets 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Peniche 19°C (66°F) 
    Albufeira 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Peniche or Albufeira in the Winter?

Both Albufeira and Peniche during the winter are popular places to visit. Furthermore, many travelers come to Albufeira for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In January, Peniche is generally around the same temperature as Albufeira. Daily temperatures in Peniche average around 12°C (53°F), and Albufeira fluctuates around 11°C (52°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Peniche. Peniche usually gets more rain in January than Albufeira. Peniche gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


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

Should I visit Peniche or Albufeira in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Peniche and Albufeira. Furthermore, many visitors come to Albufeira in the spring for the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

Peniche is around the same temperature as Albufeira in the spring. The daily temperature in Peniche averages around 16°C (60°F) in April, and Albufeira fluctuates around 15°C (60°F).

In April, Peniche usually receives more rain than Albufeira. Peniche gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Albufeira receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Peniche 16°C (60°F) 
    Albufeira 15°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Albufeira and Peniche

Peniche Albufeira
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in) 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)