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

Should you visit Sintra or Portimao?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Sintra or Portimao? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Sintra or Portimao?

Sintra

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.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Budget Tours to Portugal, The Best Tours for Seniors to Portugal, The Best G Adventures Tours to Portugal, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Lisbon.


Which place is cheaper, Portimao or Sintra?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Sintra is €115, while the average daily cost in Portimao is €152. 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 Sintra and Portimao in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Sintra 57
    Portimao 78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Sintra 114
    Portimao 156
Compare Hotels in Sintra and Portimao

Looking for a hotel in Sintra or Portimao? 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 Sintra


Hotels in Portimao


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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: Sintra Hotel Prices and Portimao Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Sintra 21
    Portimao 37

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sintra

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sintra:

  • Estoril, Cascais or Sintra Private Transfer to Lisbon: $28
  • Lisbon Airport Transfer to Cascais / Sintra / Estoril: $52
  • Lisbon Airport: Cascais/Estoril/Sintra Private Transfer: $58
  • Ericeira Private Transfer from / to Lisbon: $61
  • Transfer Sintra to Lisbon Airport: $61
  • Tuk Tuk Transfer With Sintra Pena Ticket From Meeting Point: $74
  • TRANSFER Cascais to Lisbon Airport: $83
  • Lisbon transfer, national and Iberian trips: $87
  • Private Guided Transfer in Sintra and Lisbon: $88
  • Tours and Transfers: $90
  • Transfer Cascais to Lisbon(8pax): $111
  • Private transfer from Sintra to Porto with 2 hours for sightseeing: $293

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Portimao

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Portimao:

  • Transfer Ferragudo - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $34
  • Transfer Armação de Pêra - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $34
  • Transfer Lagoa - Alamos Golf (Portimão): $34
  • Transfer Praia da Rocha - Alamos Golf (Portimão) : $34
  • Transfer Lagoa - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $41
  • Transfer Alvor - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $49
  • Private Transfer from Armaçao de Pera to Faro (FAO) Airport: $55
  • Transfer Alvor - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $59
  • Transfer Portimão - Balaia Golf (Albufeira): $59
  • Transfer Lagoa - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $61
  • Transfer Carvoeiro - Boavista Golf (Lagos): $62
  • Private Transfer from Carvoeiro to Faro (FAO) Airport: $68

Is it cheaper to fly into Sintra or Portimao?

Prices for flights to both Portimao 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.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Sintra 42
    Portimao 45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sintra

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

  • Portuguese Traditional Cuisine: DINNER OR TAPAS : $94
  • Ericeira Private Tour: 10 Tastings Food Tour: $104
  • Private Portuguese Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Lisbon Local: $220

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: $148

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Sintra 23
    Portimao 41

Tours and Activities in Sintra

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

  • Discover Enchanted A Fairy-Tale Free Tour: $1.63
  • Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour: $3.80
  • Sintra Myths and Legends Interpretative Center Entry Ticket: $4.34
  • City Exploration Game and Tour: $6.51
  • Pena Palace In-App Audio Guided Tour: $7.44
  • Sintra Scavenger Hunt and Sights Self-Guided Tour: $7.65
  • Sintra City Self Guided Audio Tour on Your Phone (No Ticket): $11
  • Sintra Sightseeing Train Tour: $13
  • Castle of the Moors Fast Track Ticket: $13
  • Monserrate Palace and Park Skip-the-Line Ticket: $13
  • National Palace of Sintra and Gardens Fast Track Ticket: $14
  • National Sintra Palace Ticket & Optional Audio Guide: $16

Tours and Activities in Portimao

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

  • From Portimão to Paradise 60 minutes Sunrise Tour: $15
  • From Portimão to Paradise 60 min Tour: $15
  • SUP - Stand Up Paddle Algarve Adventure: $17
  • From Portimão to Paradise 90 min Tour: $22
  • From Portimão to Paradise 90 minutes Sunset Tour: $22
  • Kayak tour to the Benagil caves: $22
  • Express Tour - Benagil Cave: $22
  • Kayak Tour around Benagil to see Sunset or Sunrise: $22
  • Portimão: Benagil Caves Speedboat Tour: $24
  • Portimão to Paradise 2 Hours Sunrise Tour: $25
  • From Portimão to Paradise 2 Hours Sunset Tour: $25
  • Portimão to Benagil: Adrenaline Wave 90 Minutes Cave Tour: $25

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Sintra 17
    Portimao 30

Sample the Local Flavors in Sintra

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Sintra:

  • Half-Day Tour in Cascais / Sintra with Brunch and Wine Tasting: $72
  • Hiking and Wine Tasting Experience: $72
  • Half Day in Sintra and Cabo da Roca with Wine Tasting: $83
  • Excursion from Lisbon to Setúbal: Nature, Beach and Wine Tasting: $127
  • Private Tour Sétubal, Palmela, Arrábida with wine tasting: $177
  • Hidden Gems: Sintra & Cascais Private Tour with Wine Tasting: $183
  • From Lisbon Private Tour to Porto with Port Wine Tasting: $238

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 Tasting & Music Experience: $61
  • Algarve Wine Tour of Two Wine Estates: $74
  • Algarve wine tour of 2 wine estates and lunch at the countryside: $155
  • Algarve wine tour and farmer's lunch at wine estate: $184


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

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


Which is Bigger, Sintra or Portimao?

Portimao has a larger population, and is about 47% larger than the population of Sintra. When comparing the sizes of Sintra and Portimao, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.


When is the best time to visit Sintra or Portimao?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Sintra or Portimao in the Summer?

Both Portimao and Sintra are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Also, the summer months attract visitors to Portimao because of the beaches, snorkeling, and the family-friendly experiences.

In July, Sintra is generally around the same temperature as Portimao. Daily temperatures in Sintra average around 23°C (73°F), and Portimao fluctuates around 25°C (78°F).

In July, Sintra usually receives more rain than Portimao. Sintra gets 5 mm (0.2 in) of rain, while Portimao receives 1 mm (0 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Sintra 23°C (73°F) 
    Portimao 25°C (78°F)

Should I visit Sintra or Portimao in the Autumn?

Both Portimao and Sintra during the autumn are popular places to visit. Also, the shopping scene and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Portimao this time of year.

Sintra is around the same temperature as Portimao in the autumn. The daily temperature in Sintra averages around 19°C (66°F) in October, and Portimao fluctuates around 19°C (67°F).

Sintra usually gets more rain in October than Portimao. Sintra gets 80 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Portimao receives 67 mm (2.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Sintra 19°C (66°F) 
    Portimao 19°C (67°F)

Should I visit Sintra or Portimao in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Sintra and Portimao. Also, many travelers come to Portimao for the shopping scene and the cuisine.

In the winter, Sintra is around the same temperature as Portimao. Typically, the winter temperatures in Sintra in January average around 12°C (53°F), and Portimao averages at about 11°C (52°F).

Sintra gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In January, Sintra usually receives more rain than Portimao. Sintra gets 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain, while Portimao receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Sintra 12°C (53°F) 
    Portimao 11°C (52°F)

Should I visit Sintra or Portimao in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Sintra as well as Portimao. Also, many visitors come to Portimao in the spring for the beaches and the natural beauty.

In April, Sintra is generally around the same temperature as Portimao. Daily temperatures in Sintra average around 16°C (60°F), and Portimao fluctuates around 15°C (60°F).

Sintra usually gets more rain in April than Portimao. Sintra gets 64 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Portimao receives 38 mm (1.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Sintra 16°C (60°F) 
    Portimao 15°C (60°F)

Typical Weather for Portimao and Sintra

Sintra Portimao
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 11°C (52°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 111 mm (4.4 in) 12°C (54°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
Mar 14°C (58°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 14°C (56°F) 39 mm (1.5 in)
Apr 16°C (60°F) 64 mm (2.5 in) 15°C (60°F) 38 mm (1.5 in)
May 18°C (64°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 19°C (65°F) 21 mm (0.8 in)
Jun 21°C (69°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 23°C (73°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Jul 23°C (73°F) 5 mm (0.2 in) 25°C (78°F) 1 mm (0 in)
Aug 23°C (74°F) 6 mm (0.2 in) 26°C (78°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)
Sep 22°C (72°F) 26 mm (1 in) 24°C (75°F) 14 mm (0.6 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 80 mm (3.1 in) 19°C (67°F) 67 mm (2.6 in)
Nov 15°C (59°F) 114 mm (4.5 in) 15°C (58°F) 86 mm (3.4 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 108 mm (4.3 in) 12°C (53°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)