A Travel Price Comparison for Portugal Portimao vs. Costa de Prata for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Portimao or Costa de Prata?

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 Costa de Prata. 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 Costa de Prata?

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.

Costa de Prata

Costa de Prata is a region located on the Silver Coast of Portugal, an hour north of Lisbon. The area is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient architecture, and relaxed, welcoming, atmosphere. The area experiences gorgeous weather nearly all year round, with temperatures in the high 70's and 80's Fahrenheit from May-September. June-August sees the warmest ocean temperatures, making these the best months for swimming. Even during their winter, temperatures rarely dip below 60°F, although ocean temperatures drop, making swimming a bit colder.

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, Costa de Prata 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 Costa de Prata is €151. 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 Costa de Prata in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 78
    Costa de Prata 78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 156
    Costa de Prata 156
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Costa de Prata

Looking for a hotel in Portimao or Costa de Prata? 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 Costa de Prata


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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 37
    Costa de Prata 53

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Costa de Prata?

Prices for flights to both Costa de Prata 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
    Costa de Prata 44

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 41
    Costa de Prata 13

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

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 30
    Costa de Prata 8.13

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


When comparing the travel costs between Portimao and Costa de Prata, 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.

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



When is the best time to visit Portimao or Costa de Prata?

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 Costa de Prata in the Summer?

Both Costa de Prata 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.

In July, Portimao is generally a little warmer than Costa de Prata. Daily temperatures in Portimao average around 25°C (78°F), and Costa de Prata fluctuates around 23°C (73°F).

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


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Portimao 25°C (78°F) 
    Costa de Prata 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Costa de Prata in the Autumn?

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

Portimao is around the same temperature as Costa de Prata in the autumn. The daily temperature in Portimao averages around 19°C (67°F) in October, and Costa de Prata fluctuates around 18°C (65°F).

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


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Portimao 19°C (67°F) 
    Costa de Prata 18°C (65°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Costa de Prata in the Winter?

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

In the winter, Portimao is around the same temperature as Costa de Prata. Typically, the winter temperatures in Portimao in January average around 11°C (52°F), and Costa de Prata averages at about 11°C (51°F).

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


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Portimao 11°C (52°F) 
    Costa de Prata 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Portimao or Costa de Prata in the Spring?

Both Costa de Prata 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.

In April, Portimao is generally around the same temperature as Costa de Prata. Daily temperatures in Portimao average around 15°C (60°F), and Costa de Prata fluctuates around 15°C (59°F).

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


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Portimao 15°C (60°F) 
    Costa de Prata 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Costa de Prata and Portimao

Portimao Costa de Prata
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)