Should you visit Sintra or Aveiro?
Should I visit Sintra or Aveiro? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Located just 28 kilometers from Lisbon, Sintra is a town that was, for a long time, home to Portuguese royalty leading up to the 1910 revolution. In town you will find a Royal Palace and in the surrounding area there is a Moorish Castle, and the Pena Palace, which dates back to the 19th century. The town is on the Estoril Coast near the Sintra Mountains, making its setting very dramatic, beautiful and picturesque. The surrounding hills are actually designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because they offer a great combination of both cultural importance and natural beauty.
Aveiro has great canals that are lined by houses. Because of this ambiance, the town has earned its nickname the "Portuguese Venice." While it's similar, don't put too much into the name. The town is also known for it's colorful boats, referred to as moliceiros, that ride along the canals and under the bridges.
While the canals are lovely, most visitors actually come for the beaches. Aveiro's beaches are known for their clean and pristine sand. The shore is referred to as the Silver Coast, and has comfortably warm water, which is another major draw to the area.
Aveiro is comfortable year around because it's winters are mild and warm and its summer is somewhat cool. The winter months get the most rain and the summer is usually the driest. If you're there during the fall and winter, the winds will be strong making it the best time for surfing, sailing, and other water sports.
Which city is cheaper, Aveiro or Sintra?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Sintra is €92, while the average daily cost in Aveiro is €64. 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 Sintra and Aveiro in more detail.
If you're traveling alone, you may be able to find a budget hotel or hostel for around €45. But for two people in a standard two-person hotel room in Sintra the cost is €90 on average.
For a normal double-occupancy room in Aveiro, €74 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Aveiro, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is €37, such as in a hostel.
The average traveler spends about €34 per day in Sintra for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.
Food in Aveiro costs travelers about €22 per day on average. Restaurants can vary significantly in price, so choose wisely if you're trying to save money. Fast food and street stalls are typically your cheapest options, which sit down restaurants can be significantly more expensive.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sintra
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Sintra.
Sintra Walking Food Tour:
The cost of a taxi ride in Sintra is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent €17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Sintra.
Aveiro's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend €6.86 per person, per day on transportation in Aveiro.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sintra
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sintra:
Private Transfer from Sintra City Center to Lisbon City Center:
Private Transfer To or From Lisbon Airport:
Lisbon Private Transfer to or from Sintra:
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Aveiro
Also for Aveiro, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:
Porto Private Transfer to or from Aveiro:
Aveiro Private Transfer to Porto:
Is it cheaper to fly into Sintra or Aveiro?
Prices for flights to both Aveiro and Sintra 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 and activities in Sintra typically cost an average of €18 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.
Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Aveiro can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around €6.86 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.
Tours and Activities in Sintra
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Sintra are as follows:
2 Tours Private /Day 1 From LISBON To ALGARVE Day 2 From LISBON To SINTRA:
2 Tours Private /Day 1 From LISBON To FÁTIMA Day 2 From LISBON To SINTRA:
2 Tours Private /Day 1 From LISBON To SINTRA Day 2 LISBON:
2 Tours Private/Day 1 From LISBON To FÁTIMA Day 2 LISBON:
2H Sintra Tour by Tuk Tuk:
3 Tours Private/Day 1 LISBON To SINTRA Day 2 LISBON to FÁTIMA Day 3 LISBON:
Archaeological Sintra Tour in a Classical car:
Cabo da Roca and Praia da Ursa Half Day Tour - IncrediblePortugal Private Tours:
Cascais & Sintra Tour in electric car:
Discover SINTRA`s hidden gems on our walking tour:
ECO FRIENDLY TOUR - The Unknown Side of Sintra:
Economic Tour - Pena Palace (2-4pax):
Tours and Activities in Aveiro
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Aveiro.
Classic Aveiro City Tour by Bike:
Aveiro Atlantic Tour - Natural Reserve - Barra Beach - Costa Nova:
Photo tour/workshop in the beautiful and biodiverse Freita mountains:
Bairrada Wine Experience:
Anew Tour in Aveiro ( porto ) Half day:
Aveiro and Ílhavo Tour from Porto with River Cruise:
Half Day in Aveiro - Private Tour:
Coimbra & Aveiro - Private Tour:
Half Day Aveiro and Costa Nova Small-Group Tour with River Cruise from Porto:
Full Day Aveiro and Coimbra Small-Group Tour from Porto with River Cruise:
Full Day Porto to Lisbon with Aveiro, Fátima and Óbidos - Private Tour:
The average person spends about €14 on alcoholic beverages in Sintra 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 Aveiro, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is €14.
Sample the Local Flavors in Sintra
Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Sintra:
Ericeira & Mafra’s Wonders - Rural Beach & Wine Tour:
Sintra Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting Experience:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Sintra and Aveiro, we can see that Sintra is more expensive. And not only is Aveiro much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Aveiro would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Aveiro 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 Sintra would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sintra than you might in Aveiro.
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