A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Portimao vs. Essaouira for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Portimao or Essaouira?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the prices of travel for Portimao and Essaouira. 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. So, let's dig into it.

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.

Essaouira

Essaouira is a beautiful beach town on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The city has a pleasant medina that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is interesting to explore. It's an 18th century fortified town with a lot of character and charm. The city is rich and culture and you'll find a handful of art galleries throughout the town. The city is also a gathering place for artists and musicians, particularly during the Gnaoua Festival of World Music, which takes place the last week of June. This event attracts about 450,000 visitors yearly.

Which city is cheaper, Essaouira 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 Essaouira is €35. 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. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Portimao and Essaouira in more detail.



Accommodation

Accommodation prices vary by location and style, but travelers pay on average about €124 for a double occupancy room in Portimao.

Double occupancy rooms typically run around €40 in Essaouira For nicer amenities and a premiere location, you can expect to pay a bit more.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    Essaouira 20
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    Essaouira 40

Food

The price of a meal in Portimao can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is €36 per person, and a typical meal will cost around €14 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.

Essaouira food costs typically run travelers around €10 per day. Eating every meal in a nicer restaurant will drive the cost up, and grabbing fast food or casual meals will help you save money.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Portimao 36
    Essaouira 10

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 Essaouira

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Essaouira:


  • Baklava
    1.33
  • Breakfast Crepes
    0.48
  • Fish for Lunch
    14

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Essaouira

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

  • Cous Cous party and Show Cooking: $37
  • Essaouira Cooking Class: $50
  • Moroccan Cooking Class in Marrakech: $78
  • Berber Cooking Class at a Farm in the Countryside & shopping at a rural Souk.: $109

Local Transportation

While taxis and private drivers typically cost much more than public transportation, people usually spend around €30 per day to get around in Portimao.

Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Essaouira than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend €1.52 on transportation in Essaouira on average per day.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 30
    Essaouira 1.52

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 Essaouira

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

  • Private Arrival Transfer Essaouira Airport to Essaouira City: $15
  • Private Departure Transfer from Essaouira City to Essaouira Airport: $15
  • Essaouira Airport To city Transfer: $17
  • Private Transfer Essaouira-Essaouira Airport: $24
  • Airport Transfer From Essaouira Airport To Medina: $25
  • Private Airport Round-Trip Transfer: Essaouira Airport to Essaouira City: $30
  • Private Transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech: $66
  • Private Transfer from Essaouira to Agafay Desert Marrakech: $66
  • Transfer from Essaouira to Marrakech: $81
  • Transfers Essaouira Marrakech: $86
  • Private transfer Marrakech airpot - Essaouira: $86
  • Private Transfer From Essaouira To Marrakech: $87

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or Essaouira?

Prices for flights to both Essaouira 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.





Entertainment

Activities, things to do, and other forms of entertainment usually cost around €33 per person, per day in Portimao. This cost includes the price of admission tickets to attractions and museums as well as daily tours.

Sightseeing expenses in Essaouira, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of €9.18 per day, per person.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    Essaouira 9.18

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 Essaouira

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

  • Full-Day Tour to Essaouira from Marrakech with Hotel Pick Up: $27
  • PhotoShoot Tour in Essaouira: $30
  • Kite Surfing and Surfing Experience in Essaouira: $31
  • Marrakech day tour to Essaouira: $37
  • Experience Food and Art Walking Tour of the Medina and Ramparts: $51
  • Essaouira Guided Tour: 3 on 1 - Nightlife tour, Live like a local & Street food: $51
  • Big dunes and atlantic coast tour 2 HOURS: $57
  • Essaouira Tour - Half day visit to berber market: $64
  • ATV Quad biking in Essaouira Beach, Big Dunes & Atlantic Coast tour: $64
  • Experience Morocco: Essaouira Gnawa Music and Dance Performances: $80
  • Morocco day tours from Marrakech to Essaouira, Full day trip: $96
  • Full-Day Quad bike Adventure from Essaouira to Sidi Kaouki: $114

Alcohol

The average person spends about €24 on alcoholic beverages in Portimao per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Essaouira, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €6.99.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    Essaouira 6.99

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


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Portimao and Essaouira, we can see that Portimao is more expensive. And not only is Essaouira much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Portimao is in Europe and Essaouira is in Africa, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Essaouira would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Essaouira 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 Essaouira.

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