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

Should you visit Peniche or Coimbra?

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 Coimbra can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Peniche or Coimbra?

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.

Coimbra

Coimbra is located in Central Portugal in the Centro Region. It's the third largest city in the country with about 460,000 people living in the entire region. It is also where you'll find the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese speaking world. During the High Middle Ages, Coimbra served as the nation's capital and there are archaeological structures that date back to the Roman era.

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, Coimbra 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 Coimbra is €103. 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 Coimbra in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Peniche 50
    Coimbra 44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Peniche 100
    Coimbra 88
Compare Hotels in Peniche and Coimbra

Looking for a hotel in Peniche or Coimbra? 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 Coimbra


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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 Coimbra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Peniche 53
    Coimbra 11

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): $130

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Coimbra

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

  • Transfer Viseu - Porto: $159
  • Fátima Private Transfer to/from Lisbon: $149
  • Transfer Fátima To Lisboa: $111

Is it cheaper to fly into Peniche or Coimbra?

Prices for flights to both Coimbra 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
    Coimbra 48

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Coimbra

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

  • Chanfana: Cooking Traditional Portuguese Cuisine Experience: $50

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Peniche 19
    Coimbra 18

Tours and Activities in Peniche

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

  • From Lisbon: Berlenga Grande Sightseeing Tour: $136
  • From 1-Hour Cabo Carvoeiro Boat Tour: $16
  • From Round-Trip Boat Tour of Berlengas Archipelago: $24
  • Lisbon: Private Full Day Tour to Berlengas Island: $239
  • Peniche : Walking Tour: $38
  • Peniche Private Walking Tour + Tasting | Historic Footsteps: $72
  • Berlenga Island and Cave Tour: $34
  • Berlengas Island Caves Tour and Snorkeling: $44
  • Berlengas Island Trip, Hiking and Cave Tour: $37
  • Berlengas Roundtrip and Glass-Bottom Boat Cave Tour: $34
  • Mountain Bike Tour: $54
  • Private Jeep Tour + Tasting of Regional Sweets: $108

Tours and Activities in Coimbra

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

  • A tour between Cascades and Schist Villages, Piodão: $122
  • An adventure through the Forest and Palace of Bussaco - Coimbra: $77
  • An adventure through the Schist Villages of Lousã: $77
  • An adventure through the Schist Villages of Lousã (with walk): $133
  • Arista Tour - Penacova Windmills and Landscapes (noon): $77
  • Bairrada Winery Route Experience, full-day from Coimbra: $136
  • Bussaco Forest Walking Experience, half day from Coimbra: $73
  • Coimbra Private Walking Tour with U.C. Tickets Early Access: $44
  • Coimbra Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $5.53
  • Coimbra's Historical Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $8.99
  • Complete Tour of the 10 Beautiful Schist Villages in Lousã: $79
  • Conimbriga and The Roman Tour: $83

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Peniche 12
    Coimbra 12

Sample the Local Flavors in Coimbra

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Coimbra:

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Portugal: $28
  • Full-Day Private Bairrada Sparkling Wine Tour from Coimbra: $181
  • Self-drive Wine Tour in Bairrada Region: $216


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

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


Which is Bigger, Peniche or Coimbra?

Coimbra has a larger population, and is about 7 times larger than the population of Peniche. When comparing the sizes of Peniche and Coimbra, 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 Coimbra?

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 Peniche or Coimbra in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Peniche and Coimbra.

In the summer, Peniche is around the same temperature as Coimbra. Typically, the summer temperatures in Peniche in July average around 23°C (73°F), and Coimbra averages at about 23°C (73°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Coimbra this time of the year. In Peniche, it's very sunny this time of the year. Peniche usually receives more sunshine than Coimbra during summer. Peniche gets 352 hours of sunny skies, while Coimbra receives 308 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Peniche usually receives less rain than Coimbra. Peniche gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Peniche 23°C (73°F) 
    Coimbra 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Peniche or Coimbra in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Peniche as well as Coimbra.

In October, Peniche is generally around the same temperature as Coimbra. Daily temperatures in Peniche average around 19°C (66°F), and Coimbra fluctuates around 18°C (65°F).

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

It's quite rainy in Coimbra. Peniche usually gets less rain in October than Coimbra. Peniche gets 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 101 mm (4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Peniche 19°C (66°F) 
    Coimbra 18°C (65°F)

Should I visit Peniche or Coimbra in the Winter?

Both Coimbra and Peniche are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

Peniche is around the same temperature as Coimbra in the winter. The daily temperature in Peniche averages around 12°C (53°F) in January, and Coimbra fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

Peniche usually receives more sunshine than Coimbra during winter. Peniche gets 144 hours of sunny skies, while Coimbra receives 124 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Coimbra. It's quite rainy in Peniche. In January, Peniche usually receives less rain than Coimbra. Peniche gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Peniche 12°C (53°F) 
    Coimbra 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Peniche or Coimbra in the Spring?

Both Coimbra and Peniche during the spring are popular places to visit.

In the spring, Peniche is around the same temperature as Coimbra. Typically, the spring temperatures in Peniche in April average around 16°C (60°F), and Coimbra averages at about 15°C (59°F).

In Coimbra, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Peniche. In the spring, Peniche often gets more sunshine than Coimbra. Peniche gets 235 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Coimbra receives 217 hours of full sun.

Peniche usually gets less rain in April than Coimbra. Peniche gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Peniche 16°C (60°F) 
    Coimbra 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Coimbra and Peniche

Peniche Coimbra
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (51°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 12°C (53°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Mar 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 13°C (56°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 21°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in) 22°C (71°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 18°C (65°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Nov 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)