A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Portimao vs. Corfu for Resorts, Beaches, Families, and Couples

Should you visit Portimao or Corfu?

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 Corfu. 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 colorful, stunning, and dramatic coastal city. Many visitors also come because of it's amazing beauty. Visitors also love the shopping, nightlife, and scuba diving and snorkeling.

Corfu

Corfu is a natural, breathtaking, and striking island. You'll find world class beauty here as well. Other popular activities here include scuba diving and snorkeling, beaches, and hiking.

Portimao and Corfu: Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Impressive beauty
Cons
  • Public transit not as usable
  • Less walkable
Pros
  • Good scuba and snorkeling destination
  • Popular beach
  • Family-friendly
  • Good for couples and romance
  • Good for backpackers and budget travelers
  • Good public transit
  • Very walkable
  • Impressive beauty


How is Portimao different from Corfu?

Which is Better for a Holiday?

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

Is Portimao or Corfu Better for Nightlife?

Portimao
Corfu

Both Portimao and Corfu 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.

Corfu has a large number of nightlife venues. It's a large island that attracts a number of students, so you can expect a party during the summer months. The most popular areas for nightlife are Kavos, Ipsos, Kontokali, and Sidari. You'll also find clubs in many of the resorts and there are often all night parties even during the off seasons.


Is Portimao or Corfu Better for Resorts?

Portimao
Corfu

There are resorts to choose from in both Portimao and Corfu.

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.

For the ultimate resort vacation, Corfu is a great choice. The diversity of resorts, from family-friendly to romantic or all-inclusive, means there really is something for everyone. There are also a number of villages so you can find a location that perfectly lines up with your needs.

Is Portimao or Corfu Better for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling?

Portimao
Corfu

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

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.

Many visitors partake in scuba diving or snorkeing while visiting Corfu. The island is large enough that it has a number of spots to choose from. One of the most beautiful is Afionas, in Port Timone. It's only accessible by boat or a 45 minute hike. Paleokastritsa is a more accessible snorkeling and dive area with facilities and luxury villas where you can stay. For scuba diving, you can also head to Agni, but the busy boat traffic means it's not the best place for snorkeling.

Is Portimao or Corfu Better for Beaches?

Portimao
Corfu

Portimao and Corfu 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 Corfu. The island is known for its stunning beaches which offer a diversity of settings ranging from family-friendly to natural or party-focused. The most famous beach resort area is Paleokastritsa but other nice places include Pelekas, Agios Gordis, and Glyfada. On the western side of the island you'll find mostly long sandy beaches and on the eastern side you'll find more pebble beaches.

Is Portimao or Corfu Better for Shopping?

Portimao
Corfu

Both Portimao and Corfu 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 Corfu. You'll find most of the shops concentrated in Corfu Town. Popular items to purchase include leather goods, jewelry, ceramics, and items made from olive wood.


Is Portimao or Corfu Better for Families?

Portimao
Corfu

Both Portimao and Corfu 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.

As it has a large number of activities for kids, Corfu is a very family-friendly destination. Because it is so beautiful with amazing beaches, it makes an ideal destination for kids and adults. There are many places where kids can swim as well as a number of great activities for everyone. The whole family will enjoy glass bottom boat rides, horseback riding, and even a visit to the popular Hydropolis Waterpark. There are also a huge number of kid-friendly resorts around the island.

Is Portimao or Corfu Better for Couples?

Portimao
Corfu

Portimao and Corfu 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.

Corfu makes for a terrific place to visit as a couple. It's idyllic natural setting and stunning beaches make this a truly romantic island. It's a favorite honeymoon destination for newlyweds from around the world. There are luxury hotels and resorts that have spas, pools, and fine dining options. Whether you're looking for a place to relax or a more adventurous experience, you'll find it all here.

Is Portimao or Corfu Better for Backpackers and Budget Travelers?

Portimao
Corfu

Both Portimao and Corfu 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.

Corfu is very popular with the backpacker crowd. The island is a favorite, particularly during the crowded summer months. There are a number of hostels where backpackers can stay and an active nightlife if that's your style. There are also quiet and more peaceful settings if you want to escape the crowds.

Is Portimao or Corfu Better for Public Transit?

Portimao
Corfu

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

Corfu offers a very effecient public transportation network. There's a decent public bus system on the island. The blue buses stay near Corfu Town while the green buses go further around the island.

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


Is Portimao or Corfu a more walkable city?

Portimao
Corfu

Corfu is more walkable than Portimao.

Corfu is a very walkable destination. It's easy to walk around Corfu Town, and if you plan to spend most of your time at the beach there's really no need for a car.

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 Corfu or Portimao?

How long in Portimao or Corfu?

Both Portimao and Corfu have a number of activities to choose from. With generally more activities and things to do, visitors tend to spend more time in Corfu 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 Corfu is 5-7 days.


  • How many days in Portimao or Corfu? Ideal Length of Stay
    Portimao 2-4 
    Corfu 5-7

One day in Portimao or Corfu?

In Portimao, many people enjoy the nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling that this scenic destination offers. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. Lots of people come for the beaches. This coastal city offers a variety of activities to choose from. Since there is so much to do in the area, one day is probably not enough for all of it.

The beautiful island of Corfu offers food and scuba diving and snorkeling. 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 Corfu?

It's hard to know how much time to spend in Portimao. For many, it makes a great getaway for a weekend. It's a great spot for a beach vacation. This would be the perfect place to spend a weekend, as it has just the right amount of activities. The length of your ideal trip is an individual decision.

Corfu is a popular place that is full of things to see and experience. People enjoy relaxing at one of the resorts. 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 Corfu?

Portimao is a fun place to experience. Travelers enjoy the shopping and nightlife when visiting the destination of Portimao. Lots of people come for the beaches. People often spend their time relaxing at one of the resorts. Most people find that five days is more than enough time to see everything.

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

You'll find nightlife and scuba diving and snorkeling around the dramatic destination of Portimao. You can also relax and pamper yourself at one of the resorts. Take your pick from the many activities offered here. Lots of people come for the beaches. One week is plenty of time to see everything, even with extra days to spare.

Corfu is a great place to explore. It is common to spend one week here. Hiking can easily take up a good amount of your time here, too. One week is a great amount of time to relax and see the many things that Corfu has to offer. This island offers something for everyone.

Which city is cheaper, Corfu 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 Corfu is €90. 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 Corfu in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Corfu 39
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Corfu 78
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Corfu

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Hotels in Portimao


Hotels in Corfu


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Our Analysis
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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 30
    Corfu 44

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Private Transfer from Portimao to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Private Transfer from Hotel da Rocha to Faro (FAO) Airport: $96
  • Airport Transfer: $94
  • Faro Airport Private Transfer to or from Portimão/Praia da Rocha: $88
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $66
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $62
  • Transfer Portimão - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $52
  • Faro Private Transfer to or from Portimão: $44
  • Faro Shared Transfer to or from Portimão: $38
  • Transfer Portimão - Alamos Golf (Portimão) Pending: $36
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $36

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Corfu

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

  • Private Airport Transfer: from Corfu to Ioannis Kapodistrias Int. Airport (CFU): $18
  • Private Corfu Transfer: Corfu Hotel to Corfu Cruise Port: $23
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Corfu Airport: $23
  • Shared Arrival Transfer -Corfu Airport to Hotel: $25
  • Shared Departure Transfer -Corfu Airport to Hotel: $25
  • Shared Transfer: Hotel to Corfu Airport: $30
  • Corfu Airport to Hotel Shared Arrival Transfer: $31
  • Private Minivan Airport Transfer: $31
  • Premium Class Corfu Private Transfers: $36
  • Wheelchair Accessible Transfer From-To Airport: $53
  • Departure Private Transfer from Island to Corfu Airport CFU or Port by Minivan: $62
  • (CFU) Corfu Airport To Barbati Private Transfer: $86

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Corfu?

Prices for flights to both Corfu 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
    Corfu 25

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Corfu

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

  • Greek Cooking Class & Meal at a Local Family Home: $80

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    Corfu 12

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

Tours and Activities in Corfu

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Corfu.

  • Winery tour with Wine and Olive tasting at Theotoky Estate in Corfu: $12
  • Royalty Winery tour with tasting at Theotoky Estate in Corfu: $16
  • Corfu Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tour: $22
  • Ghost Stories and Legends Tour: $31
  • Sunset at the Shipwreck Beach | Beach Discovery Tour: $32
  • Corfu Ghost Stories and Legends Night Tour: $34
  • Corfu Town: Evening Guided Tour With Wine: $37
  • Paxos and Antipaxos Full-Day Island Hopping Tour: $40
  • From Day Cruise to Paxos, Antipaxos, & the Blue Caves: $40
  • Historic Buildings and Great Personalities Tour: $42
  • Corfu Town: Evening Guided Tour With Wine: $42
  • 3 Hours Corfu Old Town Walking Tour: History and Architecture: $54

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Corfu 6.85

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 Corfu

Also in Corfu, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Corfu-Private Winery tour with Wine tasting at Theotoky Estate: $15
  • Wine Tasting and optional Olive Tasting at Theotoky Estate: $16
  • Private tour to Paleokastritsa & Wine tasting from Corfu: $266
  • Private Corfu Full-Day Wine Tasting Shore Excursion: $468
  • Private Corfu Highlights and Wine Tour: $549


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


When is the best time to visit Portimao or Corfu?

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 Corfu in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Portimao as well as Corfu. Many visitors come to Portimao in the summer for the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences. Additionally, most visitors come to Corfu for the beaches, snorkeling, the hiking, and the family-friendly experiences during these months.

In July, Portimao is generally around the same temperature as Corfu. Temperatures in Portimao average around 25°C (78°F), and Corfu stays around 25°C (76°F).

Portimao usually gets less rain in July than Corfu. Portimao gets 1 mm (0 in) of rain, while Corfu receives 7 mm (0.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Portimao 25°C (78°F) 
    Corfu 25°C (76°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Corfu in the Autumn?

Both Corfu and Portimao are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities. 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 Corfu because of the hiking trails, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area.

Portimao is around the same temperature as Corfu in the autumn. The temperature in Portimao is usually 19°C (67°F) in October, and Corfu stays around 18°C (65°F).

It rains a lot this time of the year in Corfu. In October, Portimao usually receives less rain than Corfu. Portimao gets 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain, while Corfu receives 148 mm (5.8 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


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

Should I visit Portimao or Corfu in the Winter?

Both Corfu and Portimao during the winter are popular places to visit. The winter months attract visitors to Portimao because of the shopping scene. Also, the shopping scene and the cuisine are the main draw to Corfu this time of year.

In the winter, Portimao is a little warmer than Corfu. Typically, the winter temperatures in Portimao in January are around 11°C (52°F), and Corfu is about 10°C (49°F).

Corfu gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Portimao usually gets less rain in January than Corfu. Portimao gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Corfu receives 132 mm (5.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Portimao 11°C (52°F) 
    Corfu 10°C (49°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Corfu in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Portimao and Corfu. The beaches and the natural beauty are the main draw to Portimao this time of year. Also, many travelers come to Corfu for the beaches and the natural beauty.

In April, Portimao is generally around the same temperature as Corfu. Temperatures in Portimao average around 15°C (60°F), and Corfu stays around 14°C (58°F).

In April, Portimao usually receives less rain than Corfu. Portimao gets 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain, while Corfu receives 62 mm (2.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Portimao 15°C (60°F) 
    Corfu 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Corfu and Portimao

Portimao Corfu
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 10°C (49°F) 132 mm (5.2 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 136 mm (5.4 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 12°C (53°F) 98 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (58°F) 62 mm (2.4 in)
May 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 18°C (65°F) 36 mm (1.4 in)
Jun 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in) 22°C (72°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in) 25°C (76°F) 7 mm (0.3 in)
Aug 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in) 25°C (77°F) 18 mm (0.7 in)
Sep 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in) 22°C (72°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Oct 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 18°C (65°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in) 14°C (58°F) 181 mm (7.1 in)
Dec 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 11°C (52°F) 180 mm (7.1 in)


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