A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Portimao vs. Barcelona for Nightlife, Beaches, Families, and Backpackers

Should you visit Portimao or Barcelona?

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 Barcelona. 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.

Portimao

Portimao is a scenic, adventure-filled, and vibrant coastal city. You'll find world class beauty here as well. It's also known for nightlife, scuba diving and snorkeling, and beaches.

Barcelona

Barcelona is a laid-back, historic, and cultural city. Visitors will also find so much to do here because it's a large city with many sights and attractions. You'll find world class beauty here as well. Other popular activities here include food, beaches, and shopping.

Portimao and Barcelona: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less popular for shopping
  • Less popular with backpackers
  • Public transit not as usable
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Popular beach
  • Good for shopping
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Good public transit
  • Very walkable
  • Big city activities
  • Impressive beauty


How is Portimao different from Barcelona?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Portimao or Barcelona Better for Nightlife?

Portimao
Barcelona

Both Portimao and Barcelona are comparable when it comes to partying.

Portimao offers plenty to do in the evening. The city's nightlife scene is mostly found around Praia da Rocha. It's a compact area that makes it easy to hop from bar to bar on foot. Particularly during the summer months you'll find plenty of parties and all night activities that draw a crowd. Sunset boat parties are also a popular activity in the area.

Barcelona has a colorful and one-of-a-kind nightlife scene. The city offers an amazing nightlife at a much more affordable price than many places in Europe. There are beach parties, boat parties, and bars that stay packed late into the night. The city also hosts many street fiestas and music festivals.


Is Portimao or Barcelona Better for Beaches?

Portimao
Barcelona

Portimao and Barcelona both offer beautiful beaches.

Portimao offers stunning beaches that attract visitors from around the world. The stunning beaches are a major draw to the area. They are sandy and feature a backdrop of dramatic red cliffs. The most popular beach in town is Praia da Rocha, which can get crowded during the summer months, but it is quite large so you should still be able to find a spot. The strip behind the beach is lined with shops, bars, restaurants, and a casino. If you want to avoid some of the crowds you can make the walk down to Praia do Vau. Families often enjoy Praia de Alvor, which has a boardwalk that leads to Ria de Alvor nature reserve.

Travelers come from around the world to visit the beaches in Barcelona. The city features long sandy beaches where you can soak up the Mediterranean sun right in the heart of town. Popular beaches include Bogatell Beach, Barceloneta Beach, and Nova Icària.

Is Portimao or Barcelona Better for Shopping?

Portimao
Barcelona

Barcelona is generally considered to be a more popular shopping destination.

Barcelona is a world class destination for shoppers. Head to Portal De L’Angel, Rambla de Catalunya, or Passeig De Gracia for some of the city's best shopping districts.

Plenty of visitors enjoy shopping while in Portimao. It's the second largest city in the Algarve so you'll find several large and modern shopping centers including Aqua Portimão.

Is Portimao or Barcelona Better for Families?

Portimao
Barcelona

Both Portimao and Barcelona are family-friendly destinations.

With a huge array of activities for kids, Portimao is very family-friendly. Kids will love the wide range of activities available near Portimao. They can kayak through caves, see an underwater world snorkeling, learn to surf, visit waterparks, explore nature parks, and more. There are activities that the whole family can enjoy, making this stretch of coastline the perfect option for those traveling with kids.

Barcelona is a very family-friendly destination. Check out the Magic Fountains Show near Plaça d’Espanya, wander through the aquarium, or sample some chocolate at the Chocolate Museum. There are also many great parks and playgrounds around town.

Is Portimao or Barcelona Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Portimao
Barcelona

While Portimao and Barcelona are both good for backpackers, overall Barcelona is more popular.

Barcelona is a very popular city to visit for backpackers. There are many hostels around town, each with its own personality. Many of the hostels also organize activities or dinners for guests so it's easy to meet other travelers.

Plenty of backpackers visit Portimao. Most people think of high end resorts when they think of the Mediterranean coast, but there are a couple of hostels available for backpackers. You should also consider transportation options. While buses are available, many visitors prefer to have access to a car so they can experience the outlying regions. The good news is the area in general is not particularly expensive so you can enjoy a touch of luxury at a lower cost.


Is Portimao or Barcelona Better for Public Transit?

Portimao
Barcelona

While Portimao and Barcelona both provide public transit, overall the system in Barcelona is considered to be better.

Barcelona has a great public transit system. There's a metro, bus, and tram system that navigates the city.

Public transit is mostly limited in Portimao. There are local buses around town but many routes don't run on weekends.

Is Portimao or Barcelona a more walkable city?

Portimao
Barcelona

Barcelona is more walkable than Portimao.

Barcelona is a very walkable destination. The city is more spread out than some other major European cities, but there are many plazas and outdoor areas that are fun to explore on foot. The city has designed "superilles," which are areas where car traffic has been directed around pedestrian-friendly plazas so visitors can explore, relax, or play.

Portimao is generally not a very walkable coastal city. While there are some nice walks along the coastline, the city is fairly large and spread out with many resorts located far from the center of town.

Should I spend more time in Barcelona or Portimao?

How long in Portimao or Barcelona?

Both Portimao and Barcelona have a number of activities to choose from. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Barcelona than Portimao.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Portimao is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Barcelona is 3-7 days.


  • How many days in Portimao or Barcelona? Ideal Length of Stay
    Portimao 2-4 
    Barcelona 3-7

One day in Portimao or Barcelona?

You'll find scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping around the coastal city of Portimao. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it. It has many unique tourist attractions and fascinating things to do.

Barcelona is a big city with plenty to do. Exploring the old town is a popular activity. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

A weekend in Portimao or Barcelona?

You'll find shopping and nightlife around the vibrant destination of Portimao. People usually spend lots of time at the beach. This is a popular place to visit for a weekend.A weekend should give you a good understanding of everything this coastal city has to offer. This coastal city offers a variety of activities to choose from.

Barcelona is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. Many visitors spend time at the beach while visiting the area. But since there are so many activities, you'll likely want to spend more than a weekend exploring. Take your pick from the many activities offered here.


Five days in Portimao or Barcelona?

Travelers enjoy the nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling when visiting the colorful coastal city of Portimao. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. It's also a relaxing resort destination. Most people head to the area for the beaches. Five days is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

Barcelona is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Barcelona, five days is sufficent for most. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

A week in Portimao or Barcelona?

Portimao is a popular choice for travelers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. 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. It will give you the chance to have new experiences.

Barcelona is a great place to explore. It is common to spend one week here. Visiting the old town is also a must. One week is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Barcelona has to offer. This city offers something for everyone.

Which city is cheaper, Barcelona or Portimao?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Portimao is €121, while the average daily cost in Barcelona is €123. 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 Portimao and Barcelona in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Barcelona 75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Barcelona 150
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Barcelona

Looking for a hotel in Portimao or Barcelona? 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 Barcelona


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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 and Barcelona Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 30
    Barcelona 15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Transfer Portimão - Alamos Golf (Portimão) Pending: $36
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $36
  • Transfer Portimão - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $36
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $36
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Portimão: $38
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Portimão: $44
  • Transfer Portimão - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $62
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $66
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to or from Portimão/Praia da Rocha: $88
  • Airport Transfer: $94

Typical Local Transportation prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Barcelona are as follows:


  • 10 Trip Metro Ticket
    7.80
  • Airport Bus
    5.00
  • Metro
    2.10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Barcelona

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Barcelona:

  • Ultra - Barcelona Private Transfer from City Centre to Barcelona Cruise Port: $9.41
  • Ultra - Barcelona Private Transfer from Barcelona Cruise Port to City Centre: $9.41
  • Ultra - Barcelona Private Airport Transfer city centre to El Prat Airport BCN: $9.41
  • Airport Transfers: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer from Barcelona City Center to El-Prat Airport (BCN): $24
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona City to Barcelona Airport: $27
  • Barcelona Airport Transfers: $27
  • Barcelona Airport Transfer: $28
  • Private Transfer from Bcn City Centre to Bcn Cruise Terminal: $29
  • Barcelona Private Transfer from City Centre to Cruise Terminal: $29
  • Private Transfer from Barcelona City Centre to Barcelona Cruise Terminal: $29
  • Barcelona Private Transfer from City Centre to Cruise Terminal: $29

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Barcelona?

Prices for flights to both Barcelona 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Portimao 36
    Barcelona 27

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Portimao

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

  • Portimão - Food Tour: $96

Typical Food prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of dining costs in Barcelona are as follows:


  • Hot Cocoa & Churro
    4.15
  • Sandwich
    1.70
  • Baguette & Horchata
    3.80
  • Tapas on the beach
    8.28
  • Gelatto
    2.50

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Barcelona

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

  • Live from Potato Gnocchi Online Cooking Class: $23
  • Live from Barcelona to China: Potato Gnocchi Online Cooking Class: $23
  • Barcelona organic dinner in a beautiful rooftop garden: $35
  • Paella Cooking Experience + Boqueria Market Tour: $48
  • Interactive Spanish Cooking Experience in Barcelona: $49
  • Hands-on Brunch Cooking Class with Bottomless Mimosas!: $50
  • Born district food tour and tasting in Barcelona: $51
  • Street Food Tour & Gothic Quater Sightseeing with Local Expert: $52
  • Barcelona Street Food Tour: Local Market & Gothic Quarter with Expert Guide: $52
  • Tasty Barcelona Street Food Tour With Local Market Visit: $59
  • Skip the Line: Flamenco Show and Dinner Ticket: $62
  • 2-Hour Bites & Flavors Private Food Tour: $66

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    Barcelona 27

Tours and Activities in Portimao

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

  • 2 Hours Portimão Walking Tour: $20
  • Benagil Caves Tours: $25
  • 1 Hour - Express tour to Benagil Cave: $28
  • Tour to Benagil caves and others: $31
  • Morning Caves Expedition Tour from Portimao: $35
  • Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide: $35
  • Benagil Caves Tour from Portimao: $37
  • Sunset Benagil Tour - relax your vacations: $37
  • Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour from Portimao: $37
  • 2.5-Hour Cruise to Benagil Caves From Portimão: $37
  • Magical Benagil Cave Cruise: $38
  • Algarve Jeep Safari tours: $38

Typical Entertainment prices in Barcelona

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Barcelona are as follows:


  • Picasso Walking Tour and Museum Pass
    42
  • Souvenir Gaudi Book
    8.55
  • Admission to Museo Picasso
    6.00

Tours and Activities in Barcelona

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

  • A Culinary Audio Tour of El Born by VoiceMap: $5.50
  • Self-Guided Tour with Over 100 Sights: $5.67
  • Private Barcelona Ghost Tour: Gothic Quarter Exploration Game: $7.45
  • Museu de la Xocolata Admission Ticket: $7.46
  • History Museum of Catalonia Skip-The-Line Ticket: $9.08
  • Skip the Line: Erotic Museum of Barcelona Admission Ticket with free souvenir: $9.95
  • Skip the Line: Human Bodies - Entrance to the exhibition Ticket: $9.95
  • Skip the Line: History Museum of Catalonia & Rooftop Access Ticket: $9.95
  • Guided Tour at Catalonia's Royal Academy of Medicine: $10
  • Guided Tour at Barcelona's Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts: $10
  • IDEAL Frida Kahlo, the Life of an Icon Ticket: $10
  • Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum Entry Ticket: $10

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Barcelona 14

Sample the Local Flavors in Portimao

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

  • Portimão & Carvoeiro: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $57
  • Algarve Wine Tour of Two Wine Estates: $72
  • Algarve wine tour of two wine estates and lunch at hystorical town of Silves: $112
  • Algarve Wine Tour and Mountain Discovery With Lunch at Mountain Top: $144
  • Alentejo Wine Tour from the Algarve: $207

Sample the Local Flavors in Barcelona

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Barcelona:

  • Estrella Damm Brewery Guided Tour with Tasting: $9.08
  • Generation Pub Crawl in Barcelona: $19
  • Barcelona Pub Crawl: $20
  • Wine Tasting Experience in Barcelona: $22
  • Opera Samfaina: Food and Wine Tasting Interactive Experience in Barcelona: $26
  • Wine tasting & tapas: $39
  • Barcelona Guided Local Wine Tasting Tour: $44
  • Wine Tasting near Sagrada Familia: $47
  • Home Food and Wine Tasting with Wine Lover: $51
  • Fun Wine Tasting in Barcelona with a Sommelier!: $53
  • Spanish wine tasting in a historic building with a Sommelier: $54
  • Food Tasting Tapas and Wine Tour: $62


When comparing the travel costs between Portimao and Barcelona, we can see that Barcelona is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in Europe, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.


When is the best time to visit Portimao or Barcelona?

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 Portimao or Barcelona in the Summer?

Both Barcelona and Portimao are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Portimao for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences during these months. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Barcelona because of the beaches, the city activities, the music scene, and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Portimao is a little warmer than Barcelona. Typically, the summer temperatures in Portimao in July are around 25°C (78°F), and Barcelona is about 23°C (73°F).

In July, Portimao usually receives less rain than Barcelona. Portimao gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 22 mm (0.9 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Portimao 25°C (78°F) 
    Barcelona 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Barcelona in the Autumn?

Both Barcelona and Portimao during the autumn are popular places to visit. The autumn months attract visitors to Portimao because of the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area. Also, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, the music scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Barcelona this time of year.

In October, Portimao is generally a little warmer than Barcelona. Temperatures in Portimao average around 19°C (67°F), and Barcelona stays around 17°C (63°F).

Portimao usually gets less rain in October than Barcelona. Portimao gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Portimao 19°C (67°F) 
    Barcelona 17°C (63°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Barcelona in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Portimao and Barcelona. The shopping scene are the main draw to Portimao this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Barcelona for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Portimao is a little warmer than Barcelona in the winter. The temperature in Portimao is usually 11°C (52°F) in January, and Barcelona stays around 9°C (48°F).

In January, Portimao usually receives more rain than Barcelona. Portimao gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 44 mm (1.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Portimao 11°C (52°F) 
    Barcelona 9°C (48°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Barcelona in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Portimao as well as Barcelona. Many travelers come to Portimao for the beaches and the natural beauty. Also, many visitors come to Barcelona in the spring for the beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Portimao is a little warmer than Barcelona. Typically, the spring temperatures in Portimao in April are around 15°C (60°F), and Barcelona is about 13°C (55°F).

Portimao usually gets less rain in April than Barcelona. Portimao gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Barcelona receives 51 mm (2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Portimao 15°C (60°F) 
    Barcelona 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Barcelona and Portimao

Portimao Barcelona
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 9°C (48°F) 44 mm (1.7 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 11°C (52°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 13°C (55°F) 51 mm (2 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 16°C (61°F) 57 mm (2.2 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 20°C (67°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (74°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 17°C (63°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 10°C (49°F) 50 mm (2 in)


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