A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Portimao vs. Cinque Terre for Beaches, Families, Couples, and Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Should you visit Portimao or Cinque Terre?

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 Cinque Terre. 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. It's considered by many to be an absolutely beautiful destination, too. It's also popular because of the scuba diving and snorkeling, beaches, and shopping.

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is a stunning, traditional, and charming coastal region. Because it offers so much small town charm with a variety of activities, it attracts plenty of visitors for a good reason. You'll find world class beauty here as well. As it offers a special and quaint atmosphere, visitors come from all over to experience this destination. Other popular activities here include hiking, food, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Portimao and Cinque Terre: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Good nightlife
  • Great resorts
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Very walkable
  • Small town charm
  • Impressive beauty
  • Quaint atmosphere
Cons
  • Less popular for nightlife
  • Not as many resort options
  • Less attractive beach
  • Less family-friendly


How is Portimao different from Cinque Terre?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Portimao or Cinque Terre Better for Nightlife?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

Portimao has the better options when it comes to nightlife.

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.

Cinque Terre doesn't offer many options. The whole point of a trip to the area is to soak up the quiet village atmosphere. There is basically no nightlife in most of the towns, but you will find a few bars in Monterosso.


Is Portimao or Cinque Terre Better for Resorts?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

With generally more resort options, Portimao attracts a high number of vacationers.

Vacationers flock to Portimao for its luxury resorts. The area has all types of resorts, from all-inclusive options to luxury or more family-friendly. Many of the resorts are surprisingly affordable and offer easy access to the beach.

While Cinque Terre is not known as a resort destination, there are some nice places to stay. Most people stay in apartments or rooms in local hotels or family homes. There aren't many resorts in the traditional sense, but again, that's part of the charm of the area.

Is Portimao or Cinque Terre Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

You'll find places where you can go scuba diving or snorkeling in Portimao and Cinque Terre.

There are many scuba diving and snorkeling spots near Portimao. The best water conditions are during the summer months but this is also when the beaches are crowded and swimmers can kick up a lot of sand. There are a variety of vendors where you can book snorkeling or diving trips in the area.

Cinque Terre has a few good snorkeling spots. The surrounding waters are part of the of the Pelagos Sanctuary. The area has many rocky coves which are fun to explore with a mask and snorkel. There are also boat excursions available that may let you stop to snorkel, as well as a few dive spots in the area.

Is Portimao or Cinque Terre Better for Beaches?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

Portimao provides a better beach experience than Cinque Terre.

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.

Cinque Terre is a good spot to see the beach. The area is more about the towns than the beaches. The most typical beach setting is in the newer part of Monterosso. There's a long sandy beach with chairs and umbrellas available. There's also a beach near the town's old town. Several of the other towns have swimming areas, including a small stretch of pebbly sand in Vernazza. It's fun to swim between the months of May and October, when the water temperatures are fairly warm.

Is Portimao or Cinque Terre Better for Shopping?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

Both Portimao and Cinque Terre 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.

Cinque Terre is a good destination for shopping. The towns are more about the atmosphere than the shops, but the best shopping can be found in the largest town of Monterosso. You'll find jewelry, clothing, and local food items that are fun to take home as souvenirs.


Is Portimao or Cinque Terre Better for Families?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

Families may find more to do in Portimao than Cinque Terre.

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.

Cinque Terre is a family-friendly coastal city. The five towns are all about exploring on foot, so if that's your kid's thing, then they're in for a treat. The hilly terrain can be a bit tricky, particularly for the little ones, but for older kids this area offers the perfect amount of challenge. There are also a couple of beaches and swimming spots as well as a playground or two around. Food, like most of Italy, is very kid-friendly.

Is Portimao or Cinque Terre Better for Couples?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

Portimao and Cinque Terre both fun destinations for a couple.

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.

Cinque Terre makes for a terrific place to visit as a couple. These stunning five Italian villages are perched precariously on the water's edge. They're surrounded by beautiful vineyards and connected by impressive hiking trails. This area is truly a dream honeymoon destination and it is sure to make a memorable vacation for any couple who enjoys exploring charming village.

Is Portimao or Cinque Terre Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

Both Portimao and Cinque Terre 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 Cinque Terre. There are a number of rooms available in the towns and there are even a couple of hostels including one in Riomaggiore and one in Corniglia. It's possible to find affordable food and accommodation, and your entertainment is simply wandering the area, which is perfect for budget travelers.

Is Portimao or Cinque Terre Better for Public Transit?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

Both Portimao and Cinque Terre offer public transit options.

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

Cinque Terre has some public transit options. Most people arrive by train but there are also ferries available.


Is Portimao or Cinque Terre a more walkable city?

Portimao
Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is more walkable than Portimao.

It is easy to get around Cinque Terre on foot. Vehicle traffic in the towns are heavily restricted so it's very enjoyable to explore on foot. The terrain is hilly and uneven, but that's part of the charm. There are also hiking trails that connect each of the five towns.

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 Cinque Terre or Portimao?

How long in Portimao or Cinque Terre?

In either Portimao or Cinque Terre, you'll find plenty of activities to fill your time. Most visitors tend to spend more time in Cinque Terre than Portimao because of the overall number of sights and activities.

The ideal length of time for a trip to Portimao is 2-4 days, and the ideal length of time for a trip to Cinque Terre is 2-5 days.


  • How many days in Portimao or Cinque Terre? Ideal Length of Stay
    Portimao 2-4 
    Cinque Terre 2-5

One day in Portimao or Cinque Terre?

In Portimao, many people enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and shopping that this scenic coastal city offers. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision. With so much to do, one day is probably not enough time to see everything.

Cinque Terre is a small town where visitors enjoy the scuba diving and snorkeling and food. Many visitors also spend a good bit of time hiking. 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 Cinque Terre?

Portimao is a fun place to experience. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. If you have a weekend, this is a great place to go. It will give you the chance to have new experiences. Lots of people come for the beaches. So, a weekend is just the right amount of time to spend here.

Cinque Terre is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. If you have a weekend, this coastal region makes for a great vacation. Make sure you visit the old town while you're here. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Cinque Terre, a weekend is sufficent for most. Take your pick from the many activities offered here.

Five days in Portimao or Cinque Terre?

You'll find nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling around the active destination of Portimao. Most people come for the beaches. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. Lots of people come for the beaches. Five days is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days.

Cinque Terre is a popular choice for travelers. Five days here is typical. While some people choose to spend more or less time in Cinque Terre, 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 Cinque Terre?

Portimao is a popular place to visit. Many visitors spend time at the beach while visiting the area. One week may feel like too much time unless you plan to do a lot of relaxing. The entire region has so many activities, and you'll want time to do everything.

Cinque Terre is a great place to explore. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. One week is more than enough time to enjoy everything. Take some day trips to nearby places to fill the extra days. This coastal region offers something for everyone.

Which city is cheaper, Cinque Terre 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 Cinque Terre is €110. 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 Cinque Terre in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Cinque Terre 56
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Cinque Terre 112
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Cinque Terre

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Hotels in Portimao


Hotels in Cinque Terre


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 30
    Cinque Terre 12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $66
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $36
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $36
  • Transfer Portimão - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $62
  • Transfer Portimão - Alto Golf Pestana (Alvor): $36
  • Transfer Portimão - Alamos Golf (Portimão) Pending: $36
  • Private Transfer from Portimao to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Private Transfer from Hotel da Rocha to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Portimão: $38
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Portimão: $44

Typical Local Transportation prices in Cinque Terre

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Cinque Terre:


  • Ferry Day Pass
    15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Cinque Terre

Also for Cinque Terre, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • From Florence: Round Trip Transfer to Cinque Terre: $64

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Cinque Terre?

Prices for flights to both Cinque Terre 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
    Cinque Terre 33

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 Cinque Terre

For Cinque Terre, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Whole Pizza
    9.50
  • Panini
    3.75
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    52
  • Fresh Focaccia
    2.12

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Cinque Terre

For Cinque Terre, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour: $93
  • Market Tour, Home Cooking Class, Dinner: $214

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    Cinque Terre 10

Tours and Activities in Portimao

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

  • 1 Hour - Express tour to Benagil Cave: $28
  • 2 Hours Portimão Walking Tour: $20
  • 2.5-Hour Cruise to Benagil Caves From Portimão: $37
  • 2h30min Private Benagil Caves Tour & Snorkeing & Cliff-jumping with Lots of fun!: $373
  • Afternoon Sailing and Caves Tour from Portimao: $44
  • Algarve Coastline Tour from Portimao jeep and boat tour: $75
  • Algarve Jeep Safari tours: $38
  • Benagil & Marinha Boat Tour: $44
  • Benagil - Private Tour with Captain - Algarve Cave Captain: $348
  • Benagil Boat Tour with Local Guide: $35
  • Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour from Portimao: $37
  • Benagil Caves Tour & Snorkeling & Cliff-jumping - lots of fun and adventure: $50

Typical Entertainment prices in Cinque Terre

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Cinque Terre's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Double Kayak Rental (One Hour)
    10
  • Bagni Eden Beach Club Umbrella
    16
  • Cinque Terre Card (One Day)
    5.00
  • Cinque Terre Card (Three Days)
    12

Tours and Activities in Cinque Terre

For Cinque Terre, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Tour with Limoncino Tasting: $56
  • Small Group Guided Tour from Florence: $146
  • Market Tour & Meal with a Local Cook: $158
  • From Pisa: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour: $169
  • From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour: $169
  • From Florence: Cinque Terre Small Group Tour with Lunch: $271
  • Private Tour of the Shelleys in Lerici nearby Cinque Terre: $278
  • From Florence: Cinque Terre, Vernazza, Lucca Guided Tour: $624

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Cinque Terre 5.37

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

Typical Alcohol prices in Cinque Terre

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Cinque Terre:


  • Glass of Local Wine
    2.90

Sample the Local Flavors in Cinque Terre

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

  • Guided Tour with Wine Tasting from Florence: $681


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

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Portimao or Cinque Terre in the Summer?

Both Cinque Terre and Portimao during the summer are popular places to visit. Many visitors come to Portimao in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences. Also, most visitors come to Cinque Terre for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, the small town charm, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

Portimao is around the same temperature as Cinque Terre in the summer. The temperature in Portimao is usually 25°C (78°F) in July, and Cinque Terre stays around 24°C (75°F).

Portimao usually gets less rain in July than Cinque Terre. Portimao gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Cinque Terre receives 30 mm (1.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Portimao 25°C (78°F) 
    Cinque Terre 24°C (75°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Cinque Terre in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Portimao and Cinque Terre. Most visitors come to Portimao for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area during these months. Also, the autumn months attract visitors to Cinque Terre because of the hiking trails, the shopping scene, the small town atmosphere, and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Portimao is a little warmer than Cinque Terre. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Portimao in October are around 19°C (67°F), and Cinque Terre is about 17°C (63°F).

Cinque Terre receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Portimao usually receives less rain than Cinque Terre. Portimao gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Cinque Terre receives 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


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

Should I visit Portimao or Cinque Terre in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Portimao as well as Cinque Terre. The winter months attract visitors to Portimao because of the shopping scene. Also, the shopping scene and the cuisine are the main draw to Cinque Terre this time of year.

In January, Portimao is generally a little warmer than Cinque Terre. Temperatures in Portimao average around 11°C (52°F), and Cinque Terre stays around 8°C (46°F).

It's quite rainy in Cinque Terre. Portimao usually gets less rain in January than Cinque Terre. Portimao gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Cinque Terre receives 100 mm (3.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Portimao 11°C (52°F) 
    Cinque Terre 8°C (46°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Cinque Terre in the Spring?

Both Cinque Terre and Portimao are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. The beaches and the natural beauty are the main draw to Portimao this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Cinque Terre for the beaches, the small town charm, and the natural beauty.

Portimao is around the same temperature as Cinque Terre in the spring. The temperature in Portimao is usually 15°C (60°F) in April, and Cinque Terre stays around 14°C (57°F).

In April, Portimao usually receives less rain than Cinque Terre. Portimao gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Cinque Terre receives 85 mm (3.3 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Portimao 15°C (60°F) 
    Cinque Terre 14°C (57°F)

Typical Weather for Cinque Terre and Portimao

Portimao Cinque Terre
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 8°C (46°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 8°C (46°F) 95 mm (3.7 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 11°C (52°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (57°F) 85 mm (3.3 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 18°C (64°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 22°C (72°F) 55 mm (2.2 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 24°C (75°F) 30 mm (1.2 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 24°C (75°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 21°C (70°F) 100 mm (3.9 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 17°C (63°F) 150 mm (5.9 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 9°C (48°F) 80 mm (3.1 in)


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