A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Portimao vs. Azores for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Portimao or Azores?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Portimao and Azores. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Portimao or Azores?


The second biggest city in the Alrgarve region of Portugal, Portimao sits on the coast where the Arade River meets the Atlantic Ocean. It is renowned for its fresh fish restaurants and is also a popular destination for beachgoers at the Praia da Rocha to the south of the city.


The Azores are a group of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. Although the islands were created through volcanic activity, there is far less activity now, making the Azores the perfect beach escape. Most people speak Portuguese, or a dialect of it, with English spoken primarily by those in the tourism industry.

For some great organized tour ideas, see Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Portugal, The Best Bicycle Tours in Portugal, The Best Coach Bus Tours in Portugal, and The Best Adventure Tours to Portugal.

Which place is cheaper, Azores or Portimao?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Portimao is €152, while the average daily cost in Azores is €0.00. 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 Portimao and Azores in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 78
    Azores -
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 156
    Azores 0.00
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Azores

Looking for a hotel in Portimao or Azores? 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 Portimao

Hotels in Azores

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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: Portimao Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 37
    Azores -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão) : $34
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $59
  • Transfer Lagoa - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $61
  • Transfer Lagoa - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $41
  • Transfer Lagoa - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $34
  • Transfer From Portimão Algarve To Lisboa: $248
  • Transfer Ferragudo - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $34
  • Transfer Carvoeiro - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $62
  • Transfer Armação de Pêra - Benamor Golf (Conceição): $100
  • Transfer Armação de Pêra - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $34
  • Transfer Alvor - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $49
  • Transfer Alvor - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $59

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Azores?

Prices for flights to both Azores and Portimao 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 Meals for one day
    Portimao 45
    Azores -

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Portimao

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

  • Algarve wine tour and mountain top trip with lunch or dinner at sunset time: $148

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 41
    Azores -

Tours and Activities in Portimao

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Portimao are as follows:

  • Kayak Tours to Benagil & Marine caves - From Benagil Beach: $39
  • Portimão to Benagil: Adrenaline Wave 90 Minutes Cave Tour: $25
  • 2 Hours Cruise Portimão to Benagil Cave & Marinha Beach: $33
  • Albufeira - Salgados Reserve Segway Tour: $66
  • Algarve - Exclusive horseriding in Portimao (no experience required): $55
  • Algarve Jeep Safari tours: $50
  • Alone in Benagil, perfect pictures Kayak tour with @StarToursAlgarve: $61
  • Benagil & Marinha Boat Tour: $39
  • Benagil Catamaran Sailing Cruise with Lunch from Portimão: $62
  • Benagil Cave Guided Kayaking Tour Caves & Secret Spots : $38
  • Benagil Cave Kayak Self-Guided Tour: $28
  • Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour from Portimao: $33

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 30
    Azores -

Sample the Local Flavors in Portimao

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

  • Wine Tasting and Art Tour: $40
  • Algarve Wine Tasting & Music Experience: $61
  • Algarve Wine Tour of Two Wine Estates: $74
  • Algarve wine tour of 2 wine estates and lunch at the countryside: $155
  • Algarve wine tour and farmer's lunch at wine estate: $184

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

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

Which has a larger population, Portimao or Azores?

Azores has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Portimao. When comparing the sizes of Portimao and Azores, 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.