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

Should you visit Portimao or Braga?

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 Braga. 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 Braga?

Portimao

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.

Braga

Located in the Cavado Valley of Northern Portugal, Braga is a medium sized city with both historical and modern characteristics. There is a university in town, known as Universidade do Minho, which gives the city a young feel with a lot of life. There are also many bars, clubs, and activities around to keep you entertained.

Which place is cheaper, Braga 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 Braga is €112. 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 Braga in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 78
    Braga 54
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 156
    Braga 108
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Braga

Looking for a hotel in Portimao or Braga? 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 Braga


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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 Braga Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 37
    Braga 20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Transfer Armação de Pêra - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $34
  • Transfer Alvor - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $34
  • Transfer Ferragudo - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $34
  • Transfer Lagoa - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $34
  • Transfer Portimão - Alamos Golf (Portimão) Pending: $34
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão) : $34
  • Transfer Ferragudo - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $41
  • Transfer Lagoa - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $41
  • Transfer Carvoeiro - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $41
  • Transfer Armação de Pêra - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $43
  • Transfer Carvoeiro - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $47
  • Private Transfer from Estrada da Galé to Faro (FAO) Airport: $47

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Braga

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Braga:

  • Esposende Private Transfer to Porto: $41
  • Braga Private Transfer to Porto: $55
  • Braga Private Transfer:To/From the Oporto Airport: $102
  • Traditional Vinho Verde Tour in Bowl with Private Transfer (Porto and Braga): $132
  • Private Car Transfer from Braga to Lisbon with 2 hours for sightseeing: $281

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Braga?

Prices for flights to both Braga 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 45
    Braga 40

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Portimao

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

  • Portimão - Food Tour: $103
  • Algarve wine tour and mountain top trip with lunch or dinner at sunset time: $144

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Braga

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

  • Private Guimaraes Walking Food Tour with Tastings: $60
  • Small-Group Braga Food Tour With A Local Guide: $85
  • Small-Group Braga Food Tour With A Local Guide: $87

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 41
    Braga 16

Tours and Activities in Portimao

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

  • 3D Fun Art Museum Portimão Ticket: $14
  • From Portimão to Paradise 60 minutes Sunrise Tour: $15
  • From Portimão to Paradise 60 minutes Sunset Tour: $15
  • From Portimão to Paradise 60 min Tour: $15
  • SUP - Stand Up Paddle Algarve Adventure: $16
  • Sunrise Benagil Full Caves Tour: $19
  • From Portimão to Paradise 90 min Tour: $22
  • From Portimão to Paradise 90 minutes Sunset Tour: $22
  • From Portimão to Paradise 90 minutes Sunrise Tour: $22
  • Express Tour - Benagil Cave: $22
  • From Portimão to Paradise 2 Hours Sunset Tour: $25
  • Two Hours Tour from Portimão to Paradise : $25

Tours and Activities in Braga

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

  • Casa dos Coimbras ( Chapel and Tower ) ticket & drink: $5.39
  • Afonso 360 Interactive Experience in Guimarães: $6.59
  • Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour: $7.95
  • Braga Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tourer Hunt: $8.12
  • Tuk Tuk City Tour: $16
  • Private Experiences of Initiation to Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle: $19
  • Sistelo Tour - 7 Wonders of Portugal - Villages: $22
  • Tree and Slide Adventure in Lamas de Mouro at PNPG: $24
  • Paintball Experience : $33
  • Private Stand Up Paddle Experience in Vila do Conde: $35
  • Bravaes Kayak Park Private Adventure: $38
  • Small-Group Braga Half-Day Tour with Bom Jesus: $42

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 30
    Braga 21

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 Tour of Two Wine Estates: $74
  • Portimão and Lagoa: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $77
  • Algarve wine tour of 2 wine estates and lunch at the countryside: $155
  • Algarve wine tour and farmer's lunch at wine estate: $183
  • Alentejo Wine Tour from the Algarve: $211

Sample the Local Flavors in Braga

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

  • Wine Tasting & Lunch | Quinta de Santa Cristina Vinho Verde: $51
  • Green Wine Region-Small Group Tour with Lunch and Wine Tastings, from Porto city: $143
  • Douro Valley - Régua-Pinhão - with wine tasting: $148
  • Private Culture and Wine Tourism Tour: $225
  • Vinho Verde Private Wine Tour: $539
  • Douro Valley Private Tour from Lunch & Wine Tour: $1,076


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

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


Which is Bigger, Portimao or Braga?

Braga has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Portimao. When comparing the sizes of Portimao and Braga, 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 Portimao or Braga?

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 Braga in the Summer?

Both Braga and Portimao are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Portimao this time of year.

Portimao is a little warmer than Braga in the summer. The daily temperature in Portimao averages around 25°C (78°F) in July, and Braga fluctuates around 21°C (69°F).

In July, Portimao usually receives less rain than Braga. Portimao gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Braga receives 16 mm (0.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Portimao 25°C (78°F) 
    Braga 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Braga in the Autumn?

Both Braga and Portimao during the autumn are popular places to visit. Many travelers come to Portimao for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Portimao is a little warmer than Braga. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Portimao in October average around 19°C (67°F), and Braga averages at about 17°C (62°F).

Braga gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Portimao usually gets less rain in October than Braga. Portimao gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Braga receives 131 mm (5.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Portimao 19°C (67°F) 
    Braga 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Braga in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Portimao and Braga. Many visitors come to Portimao in the winter for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In January, Portimao is generally a little warmer than Braga. Daily temperatures in Portimao average around 11°C (52°F), and Braga fluctuates around 10°C (50°F).

Braga receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Portimao usually receives less rain than Braga. Portimao gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Braga receives 171 mm (6.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Portimao 11°C (52°F) 
    Braga 10°C (50°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Braga in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Portimao as well as Braga. Most visitors come to Portimao for the beaches and the natural beauty during these months.

Portimao is a little warmer than Braga in the spring. The daily temperature in Portimao averages around 15°C (60°F) in April, and Braga fluctuates around 14°C (56°F).

It's quite rainy in Braga. Portimao usually gets less rain in April than Braga. Portimao gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Braga receives 112 mm (4.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Portimao 15°C (60°F) 
    Braga 14°C (56°F)

Typical Weather for Braga and Portimao

Portimao Braga
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 10°C (50°F) 171 mm (6.7 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 11°C (51°F) 169 mm (6.7 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 12°C (54°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (56°F) 112 mm (4.4 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 16°C (60°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 19°C (66°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 21°C (69°F) 16 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 20°C (69°F) 22 mm (0.9 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 20°C (67°F) 64 mm (2.5 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 17°C (62°F) 131 mm (5.2 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 152 mm (6 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 11°C (51°F) 176 mm (6.9 in)