Should you visit Peniche or Funchal?
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 Funchal can help you decide which place is right for you.
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.
Funchal is the capital city of the autonomous region of Madeira on the island of Madeira. The city is located to the south between the cities of Santa Cruz and Camara de Lobos. It is actually named for the fennel plant which grows liberally on the island. The city was most significant as a shipping center between the 15th and 17th centuries. Today it has a population of over 100,000 people and is, arguably, one of the most picturesque cities in Portugal. It's appeal as a tourist destination has made it the leading Portuguese port for cruise line dockings.
Which city is cheaper, Funchal or Peniche?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Peniche is €98, while the average daily cost in Funchal is €75. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Peniche and Funchal in more detail.
Double occupancy rooms typically run around €80 in Peniche For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about €82 in Funchal For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
Peniche food costs typically run travelers around €33 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.
In Funchal travelers spend around €25 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
Meals for one day
Typical Food prices in Funchal
Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Funchal:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Funchal
For Funchal, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Madeira Evening Tour with Dinner and Performance:
Madeira Nights Tour - Dinner and Show:
“Petiscos” cooking experience & Market Tour:
Madeira Sunset by 4x4 with Dinner from Funchal:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Peniche than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €43 on transportation in Peniche on average per day.
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Funchal than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €7.95 on transportation in Funchal on average per day.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Peniche
Also for Peniche, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Lisbon Private Transfer to or from Peniche:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Funchal
Also for Funchal, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Madeira Airport (FNC) Arrival Transfer (Airport to Funchal Hotels or Address):
Madeira Airport (FNC) Departure Transfer (Funchal Hotels to Madeira Airport):
Madeira Funchal Airport FNC Arrival Private Transfer by Business Car:
Madeira Airport Round Trip Private Transfers Services:
Madeira Private Arrival Transfer:
Private Service Airport Transfer:
Funchal Private Transfers Service to Madeira Airport:
Madeira Airport Private Transfers Service To Funchal:
Madeira Airport Round Trip Shuttle Transfers Service:
Private Airport Transfer: from Funchal to Madeira Airport (FNC):
Funchal Shared Arrival Transfer:
Madeira Private Transfer: To/From Funchal Airport:
Is it cheaper to fly into Peniche or Funchal?
Prices for flights to both Funchal 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.
Sightseeing expenses in Peniche, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €15 per day, per person.
Sightseeing expenses in Funchal, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €12 per day, per person.
Tours and Activities in Funchal
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Funchal.
3-Hour Madeira Scenic Island Tour (Price per Sidecar - 1 or 2 passengers):
3d Fun Art Museum Ticket:
4x4 Full-Day Tour to Explore Portugal's Scents and Flavors:
Amazing Skywalk and more... Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Arieiro Peak & Nun´s Valley in Open Roof 4x4 Tour + Dolphins Watching:
Arieiro Peak and Nun´s Valley Half day Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Ariero Peak, Santana "Biosphere Reserve" & more...Full day Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Best of Funchal Private Tour:
Best of Funchal private walking tour with local specialities tasting:
Best of Madeira Private Tour Half Day:
Boat and Open Roof 4x4 Tour:
Botanic Garden Tour:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Peniche, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €9.56.
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Funchal, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €13.
Sample the Local Flavors in Funchal
Also in Funchal, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Funchal City Tour with Madeira Wine Tasting:
Half Day Traditions and Enchanting Valleys - Eira do Serrado, Curral das Freiras, Monte, Madeira Wine Tasting:
Skywalk & Professional Wine Tasting and Vineyards Tour in Open Roof 4x4:
Shore Excursion: Private Madeira Tour & Wine Tasting:
Cabo Girão Skywalk+Vineyards+Wine Tasting Tour in Open Roof 4x4+Dolphin Watching:
Full-Day Madeira Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch:
Madeira wine tasting and sightseeing private tour from Funchal:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Peniche and Funchal, we can see that Peniche is more expensive. And not only is Funchal much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Funchal would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Funchal 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 Funchal.
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