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

Should you visit Portimao or Cadiz?

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 Cadiz. 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 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.


Cadiz is a historic, friendly, and undiscovered port city. It offers plenty of beauty for visitors. Other popular activities here include food, beaches, and shopping.

Portimao and Cadiz: Pros and Cons

  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
  • Public transit not as usable
  • Less walkable
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Good public transit
  • Very walkable
  • Less popular with couples

How is Portimao different from Cadiz?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Portimao or Cadiz Better for Nightlife?


Both Portimao and Cadiz 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.

With a handful of venues, visitors can find a fairly lively vibe in Cadiz. The nightlife scene is diverse, with both cultural activities and dance clubs to choose from. Whether you're looking for a late night party or a more mellow evening on the town, there are a number of options available.

Is Portimao or Cadiz Better for Beaches?


Portimao and Cadiz 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.

Cadiz is considered a top beach destination. The beaches remain relatively undiscovered on the international level, so you won't have to deal with the crowds that you find at many Spanish beaches, even during the high season. The beaches are popular with nearby locals, but the atmosphere remains chill and relaxed. While there are many beaches to choose from outside of town, the closest in town beach is La Caleta. It's even been featured in a few Hollywood films such as Die Another Day.

Is Portimao or Cadiz Better for Shopping?


Both Portimao and Cadiz are good shopping destinations.

Many visitors go to Portimao to go shopping. It's the second largest city in the Algarve so you'll find several large and modern shopping centers including Aqua Portimão.

Shopping is a popular activity when visiting Cadiz. There's a diverse mix of local boutiques, food markets, shopping centers, and street markets where you can pick up everything from local items to European fashion. If you happen to be in town on a weekend, keep in mind that many shops are only open in the morning on Saturdays and closed all day Sundays.

Is Portimao or Cadiz Better for Families?


Both Portimao and Cadiz 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.

Cadiz is a very family-friendly destination. The beaches, waterparks, carnivals and other unique activities make this a great place to visit with kids. There's even a Bee Museum that adults and kids alike will enjoy. And many kids will also find exploring the ruins of Baelo Claudio to be an unforgettable experience.

Is Portimao or Cadiz Better for Couples?


While Cadiz and Portimao are both popular destinations, overall Portimao is considered to be a more popular choice.

Portimao is fantastic couple's destination with fun and romantic activities. This beautiful stretch of coastline offers unique beaches and stunning outdoor activities. It makes a wonderful honeymoon destination for couples who enjoy adventure, pampering, and romantic resorts. There are great restaurants as well as places to relax or activities for thrill seekers.

Cadiz is a nice destination for couples. With its history and beaches, there are many romantic activities that couples can enjoy. Wander around old town and enjoy local cuisine. Visit the historic ruins and take a hike outside of the city.

Is Portimao or Cadiz Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?


Both Portimao and Cadiz are popular destinations for backpackers.

Portimao is a good coastal city to visit for backpackers. 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.

Plenty of backpackers visit Cadiz. One of the biggest draws to the city is there huge Carnival festival every February. This is a popular time to visit and backpackers will appreciate the lively atmosphere.

Is Portimao or Cadiz Better for Public Transit?


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

Cadiz offers a very effecient public transportation network. There are five bus lines around town. The buses are comfortable and air conditioned.

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

Is Portimao or Cadiz a more walkable city?


Cadiz is more walkable than Portimao.

Cadiz is a very walkable destination. It is a walkable city that is historic and compact enough to explore on foot.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Cadiz 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 Cadiz is €122. 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 Cadiz in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Cadiz 61
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Cadiz 122
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Cadiz

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Hotels in Portimao

Hotels in Cadiz

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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 30
    Cadiz 24

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cadiz

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Cadiz:

  • Transfer from Seville to Cadiz: $251
  • Private Transfer Cadiz,Cordoba, Ronda or Chiclana to Seville SVQ by Business Car: $394
  • Private Transfer from Cádiz to Malaga (AGP) Airport: $475
  • Private Transfer from Madrid to Faro (FAO) Airport: $761
  • Private Transfer from Cádiz to Faro (FAO) Airport: $761

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Cadiz?

Prices for flights to both Cadiz 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 36
    Cadiz 36

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 Cadiz

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

  • Dinner and Tapas
  • Lunch for 1

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cadiz

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

  • Food Tour Cadiz: $78
  • Food Tour Cadiz: $78

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    Cadiz 22

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 Cadiz

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

  • Cadiz Sightseeing Tour

Tours and Activities in Cadiz

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

  • Cadiz Economic Walking Tour: $6.22
  • Cadiz Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Cadiz Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • City Sightseeing Cadiz Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour: $25
  • Cadiz Shore Excursion: ancient city walking tour with wine & cheese tasting: $31
  • Bike Tour of Cadiz: $32
  • City Sightseeing Guided Tour by Bike: $33
  • Private Tour with a Local: $34
  • Cadiz Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $44
  • Bike Tour in Cadiz: $45
  • 3-hour Guided Tour with Entry Tickets: $56
  • Jerez Historic Guided Tour with Horse Show: $65
  • Cadiz Discovery City Tour - Shore Excursion from Cadiz: $67

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Cadiz 23

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

When comparing the travel costs between Portimao and Cadiz, we can see that Cadiz 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 Cadiz?

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 Cadiz in the Summer?

Both Cadiz 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 Cadiz because of the beaches and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Portimao is around the same temperature as Cadiz. Typically, the summer temperatures in Portimao in July are around 25°C (78°F), and Cadiz is about 25°C (77°F).

In July, Portimao usually receives more rain than Cadiz. Portimao gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 0 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.

  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Portimao 25°C (78°F) 
    Cadiz 25°C (77°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Cadiz in the Autumn?

Both Cadiz 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 shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Cadiz this time of year.

In October, Portimao is generally around the same temperature as Cadiz. Temperatures in Portimao average around 19°C (67°F), and Cadiz stays around 20°C (68°F).

Portimao usually gets around the same amount of rain in October as Cadiz. Portimao gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Portimao 19°C (67°F) 
    Cadiz 20°C (68°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Cadiz in the Winter?

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

Portimao is cooler than Cadiz in the winter. The temperature in Portimao is usually 11°C (52°F) in January, and Cadiz stays around 13°C (55°F).

In January, Portimao usually receives more rain than Cadiz. Portimao gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain each month for the winter.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Portimao 11°C (52°F) 
    Cadiz 13°C (55°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Cadiz in the Spring?

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

In the spring, Portimao is cooler than Cadiz. Typically, the spring temperatures in Portimao in April are around 15°C (60°F), and Cadiz is about 17°C (63°F).

Portimao usually gets less rain in April than Cadiz. Portimao gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Cadiz receives 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Portimao 15°C (60°F) 
    Cadiz 17°C (63°F)

Typical Weather for Cadiz and Portimao

Portimao Cadiz
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 13°C (55°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 14°C (57°F) 59 mm (2.3 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 16°C (61°F) 34 mm (1.3 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 17°C (63°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 19°C (66°F) 27 mm (1.1 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 22°C (72°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm (0 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 25°C (77°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 23°C (73°F) 24 mm (0.9 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 20°C (68°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 17°C (63°F) 98 mm (3.9 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 14°C (57°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)

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