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

Should you visit Portimao or Coimbra?

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 Coimbra. 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 Coimbra?


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.


Coimbra is located in Central Portugal in the Centro Region. It's the third largest city in the country with about 460,000 people living in the entire region. It is also where you'll find the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese speaking world. During the High Middle Ages, Coimbra served as the nation's capital and there are archaeological structures that date back to the Roman era.

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, Coimbra 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 Coimbra is €103. 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 Coimbra in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 78
    Coimbra 44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 156
    Coimbra 88
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Coimbra

Looking for a hotel in Portimao or Coimbra? 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 Coimbra

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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 Coimbra Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 37
    Coimbra 11

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $60
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $60
  • Transfer Portimão - Alamos Golf (Portimão) Pending: $35
  • Transfer Lagoa - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $61
  • Transfer Lagoa - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $41
  • Transfer Lagoa - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $34
  • Transfer From Portimão Algarve To Lisboa: $249
  • Transfer Ferragudo - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $50
  • Transfer Ferragudo - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $34
  • Transfer Carvoeiro - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $62
  • Transfer Carvoeiro - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $48
  • Transfer Armação de Pêra - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $34

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Coimbra

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

  • Transfer Fátima To Lisboa: $111
  • Fátima Private Transfer to/from Lisbon: $150
  • Transfer Viseu - Porto: $160

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Coimbra?

Prices for flights to both Coimbra 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
    Coimbra 48

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: $149

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Coimbra

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

  • Chanfana: Cooking Traditional Portuguese Cuisine Experience: $50

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 41
    Coimbra 18

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
  • 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 Catamaran Sailing Cruise with Lunch from Portimão: $62
  • Benagil Cave Guided Kayaking Tour Caves & Secret Spots : $39
  • Benagil Cave Kayak Self-Guided Tour: $28
  • Benagil Cave Sunset Cruise: $39
  • Benagil Cave Tour From Armação de Pêra: $28
  • Benagil Cave and Marinha Beach Boat Tour from Portimao: $33

Tours and Activities in Coimbra

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

  • Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $3.26
  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.26
  • City Exploration Game and Tour: $3.26
  • Coimbra Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $5.54
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour of Historical Highlights: $6.99
  • Coimbra's Historical Highlights: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour: $7.70
  • Tomar: Unveiling the Templar Order with a Self-Guided Tour: $7.74
  • Tomar Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $7.88
  • Discover Coimbra's Legacy through a Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • Portugal dos Pequenitos entry ticket: $16
  • Walking Tour of Coimbra Heritage Site: $30

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 30
    Coimbra 12

Sample the Local Flavors in Portimao

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

  • 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: $156
  • Algarve wine tour and farmer's lunch at wine estate: $184

Sample the Local Flavors in Coimbra

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

  • Wine Tasting Experience in Portugal: $28
  • Full-Day Private Bairrada Sparkling Wine Tour from Coimbra: $182
  • Self-drive Wine Tour in Bairrada Region: $216

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

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

Which is Bigger, Portimao or Coimbra?

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

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 Coimbra in the Summer?

Both Coimbra and Portimao during the summer are popular places to visit. The beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences are the main draw to Portimao this time of year.

Portimao is a little warmer than Coimbra in the summer. The daily temperature in Portimao averages around 25°C (78°F) in July, and Coimbra fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

Portimao usually gets less rain in July than Coimbra. Portimao gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 14 mm (0.6 in) of rain this time of the year.

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

Should I visit Portimao or Coimbra in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Portimao and Coimbra. Many travelers come to Portimao for the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area.

In the autumn, Portimao is around the same temperature as Coimbra. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Portimao in October average around 19°C (67°F), and Coimbra averages at about 18°C (65°F).

Coimbra receives a lot of rain in the autumn. In October, Portimao usually receives less rain than Coimbra. Portimao gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 101 mm (4 in) of rain each month for the autumn.

  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Portimao 19°C (67°F) 
    Coimbra 18°C (65°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Coimbra in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Portimao as well as Coimbra. Many visitors come to Portimao in the winter for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In January, Portimao is generally around the same temperature as Coimbra. Daily temperatures in Portimao average around 11°C (52°F), and Coimbra fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

It's quite rainy in Coimbra. Portimao usually gets less rain in January than Coimbra. Portimao gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 139 mm (5.5 in) of rain this time of the year.

  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Portimao 11°C (52°F) 
    Coimbra 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Coimbra in the Spring?

Both Coimbra and Portimao are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Most visitors come to Portimao for the beaches and the natural beauty during these months.

Portimao is around the same temperature as Coimbra in the spring. The daily temperature in Portimao averages around 15°C (60°F) in April, and Coimbra fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).

In April, Portimao usually receives less rain than Coimbra. Portimao gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Coimbra receives 92 mm (3.6 in) of rain each month for the spring.

  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Portimao 15°C (60°F) 
    Coimbra 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Coimbra and Portimao

Portimao Coimbra
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 11°C (51°F) 139 mm (5.5 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 12°C (53°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 13°C (56°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 17°C (63°F) 77 mm (3 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 21°C (69°F) 49 mm (1.9 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 23°C (73°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 23°C (73°F) 13 mm (0.5 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 22°C (71°F) 48 mm (1.9 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 18°C (65°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 14°C (57°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 11°C (52°F) 130 mm (5.1 in)