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

Should you visit Portimao or La Spezia?

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 La Spezia. 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 La Spezia?

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.

La Spezia

Located on the coast beside the Ligurian Sea, La Spezia is known for its military and commercial harbors hosting the arsenal of the Italian Navy. It is also well connected by rail and by boat to Cinque Terre National Park - a unique collection of five medieval villages along the coastline - as well as other coastal towns of the region. Other attractions include a number of museums as well as an annual boat race called Palio de Golfo.

Which city is cheaper, La Spezia 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 La Spezia is €159. 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 La Spezia in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Portimao 62
    La Spezia 90
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Portimao 124
    La Spezia 180

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Portimao 30
    La Spezia 33

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in La Spezia

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

  • Private Transfer from La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle: $31
  • Private Transfer to La Spezia Cruise Port or Railway Station by Luxury Vehicle: $31
  • Departure Private Transfer Cinque Terre to La Spezia by Luxury Vehicle: $93
  • Private Transfer: Civitavecchia Port to La Spezia or vice versa: $585
  • Private Transfer: Fiumicino Airport (FCO) to La Spezia or vice versa: $602
  • Private Transfer: Ciampino Airport (CIA) to La Spezia or vice versa: $619
  • From Florence: Private Roundtrip Transfer to Cinque Terre: $681

Is it cheaper to fly into Portimao or La Spezia?

Prices for flights to both La Spezia 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
    La Spezia 45

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 La Spezia

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

  • La Spezia Cinque Terre Food Tour - Do Eat Better Experience: $95
  • Small-Group Street Food Tour: $101
  • Dining experience at a local's home in La Spezia with show cooking: $106
  • Small-group Street food tour in Cinque Terre: $111
  • Small-group Street food tour in La Spezia: $111
  • Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home: $158
  • Small Group Market tour and Cooking class in La Spezia: $162
  • Private Cooking Class in an Italian Home: $164
  • Cinque Terre Cooking Lesson in La Spezia: $174
  • Market Tour & Cooking Class with Original Recipes: $176
  • Private Pizza & Tiramisu Class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in La Spezia: $180
  • Private Cooking Class at a Cesarina’s home with Tasting in Cinque Terre: $180

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Portimao 33
    La Spezia 29

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 La Spezia

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

  • From Round-Trip to Pisa Cruise Shore Excursion: $40
  • PISA BUS TOUR n.1: $50
  • Cinque Terre unforgettable hiking experience: $56
  • Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Port: $61
  • Cinque Terre tour with limoncino tasting from La Spezia Train Station: $61
  • Cinque Terre hiking tour from La Spezia port: $68
  • Private E-bike Tour Provincial Road Levanto to Genoa: $87
  • Dining Experience at a Local's Home: $96
  • Food & Wine evening tour La Spezia: $100
  • E-bike tours from La Spezia: $128
  • Guided Tour of Florence and Panoramic Pisa from La Spezia Port: $132
  • Small Group Market tour & Dining Experience at a Cesarina's home in Cinque Terre: $136

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Portimao 24
    La Spezia 28

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 La Spezia

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

  • Wine Tour between Liguria and Tuscany from La Spezia: $195
  • Authentic Cinque Terre Guided Tour with Wine Tasting: $198
  • Cinqueterre Private Shore Excursion from La Spezia with Top Guide & Wine Tasting: $335
  • Shore Excursion: Cinque Terre from La Spezia with Local Guide and Wine Tasting: $348
  • Shore Excursion from Chocolate & Truffle Valley, Pisa & Wine Tour.: $756
  • Day trip from La Spezia pier: San Gimignano and wine tasting - private tour: $756


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Portimao and La Spezia, we can see that La Spezia is more expensive. And not only is Portimao much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Portimao would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Portimao 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 La Spezia would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in La Spezia than you might in Portimao.

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