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

Should you visit Portimao or Costa Vicentina?

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 Vicentina. 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 Vicentina?


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 Vicentina

Costa Vicentina is the beautiful coastal area in southwest Portugal which runs through both the Algarve and Alentejo Regions along the southern coast. This is actually part of the longest stretch of protected coastline in Portugal, making it one of the best places to experience the unadulterated beauty and nature of the country. Costa Vicentina offers miles of some of the best Portugal beaches, fantastic hiking trails, and lovely old villages to explore. The area sees far more Portuguese tourists than international ones, so expect Portuguese to be the only language spoken by many people, especially in the smaller villages.

Which place is cheaper, Costa Vicentina 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 Vicentina is €125. 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 Vicentina in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 78
    Costa Vicentina 66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 156
    Costa Vicentina 132
Compare Hotels in Portimao and Costa Vicentina

Looking for a hotel in Portimao or Costa Vicentina? 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 Vicentina

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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 Vicentina 40

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Alvor, Carvoeiro or Portimão Transfer to Faro Airport FAO - Private Vehicle: $60
  • Carvoeiro Private Transfer to Faro Airport: $86
  • Private Airport Transfer To Armação De Pera Area: $116
  • Private Transfer from Algoz to Faro (FAO) Airport: $82
  • Private Transfer from Aljezur to Faro (FAO) Airport: $239
  • Private Transfer from Alvor to Faro (FAO) Airport: $81
  • Private Transfer from Alvor to Faro Airport (1-4 pax): $110
  • Private Transfer from Armaçao de Pera to Faro (FAO) Airport: $55
  • Private Transfer from Carvoeiro to Faro (FAO) Airport: $68
  • Private Transfer from Estombar to Faro (FAO) Airport: $95
  • Private Transfer from Estrada da Galé to Faro (FAO) Airport: $48
  • Private Transfer from Ferragudo to Faro (FAO) Airport: $85

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Costa Vicentina?

Prices for flights to both Costa Vicentina 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
    Costa Vicentina 34

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Portimao

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

  • Portimão - Food Tour: $104
  • Algarve wine tour and mountain top trip with lunch or dinner at sunset time: $145

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 41
    Costa Vicentina 17

Tours and Activities in Portimao

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

  • 3D Fun Art Museum Portimão Ticket: $14
  • From Portimão to Paradise 60 min Tour: $15
  • From Portimão to Paradise 60 minutes Sunset Tour: $15
  • From Portimão to Paradise 60 minutes Sunrise Tour: $15
  • SUP - Stand Up Paddle Algarve Adventure: $17
  • Sunrise Benagil Full Caves Tour: $19
  • From Portimão to Paradise 90 min Tour: $22
  • From Portimão to Paradise 90 minutes Sunset Tour: $22
  • From Portimão to Paradise 90 minutes Sunrise Tour: $22
  • Express Tour - Benagil Cave: $22
  • Portimão to Paradise 2 Hours Sunrise Tour: $25
  • From Portimão to Paradise 2 Hours Sunset Tour: $25

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 30
    Costa Vicentina 8.71

Sample the Local Flavors in Portimao

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

  • Wine Tasting and Art Tour: $40
  • Algarve Wine Tour of Two Wine Estates: $74
  • Portimão and Lagoa: Algarve Wine Tour in a VW T2 Van: $77
  • Algarve wine tour of 2 wine estates and lunch at the countryside: $156
  • Algarve wine tour and farmer's lunch at wine estate: $184
  • Alentejo Wine Tour from the Algarve: $212

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

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 Vicentina Expensive?.