A Travel Price Comparison for Spain Valencia vs. Santillana for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Valencia or Santillana?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Valencia or Santillana, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Valencia or Santillana?

Valencia

Valencia is a port city that sits on Spain's southeastern Orange Blossom coast, where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea. As the nation's third-largest city, it is continually innovative in the arts and sciences with some futuristic architecture including a planetarium, oceanarium, and an interactive museum. The nightlife and daytime culture both thrive in their own ways, bustling with limitless opportunities for sight-seeing and entertainment. While the city is surrounded by fertile farmland, its center is a modern metropolis, skirted by beautiful beaches.

Santillana

A quaint town outside of Santander in northern Spain, Santillana de Mar is renowned for its medieval architecture. One of Spain's prettiest villages, Santillana del Mar and its cobbled streets are lined with palaces, churches, and balconies full of flowers. There are plenty of traditional shops selling local specialties, and it is nearby the UNESCO world heritage site of the Altamira Caves for something a little different.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best G Adventures Tours to Spain, The Best 3-Day Tours from Madrid, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Madrid, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Barcelona.


Which place is cheaper, Santillana or Valencia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Valencia is €123, while the average daily cost in Santillana is €105. 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 Valencia and Santillana in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Valencia 58
    Santillana 60
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Valencia 116
    Santillana 120
Compare Hotels in Valencia and Santillana

Looking for a hotel in Valencia or Santillana? 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 Valencia


Hotels in Santillana


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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: Valencia Hotel Prices and Santillana Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Valencia 18
    Santillana 17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Valencia

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Valencia:

  • Arrival Private Transfer Valencia Port to Valencia City by Van: $42
  • Arrival Transfer Valencia Airport VLC to Valencia City by Sedan: $38
  • Barcelona to Montserrat: Guided Tour & Return Bus Transfers: $46
  • Barcelona: Private Transfer to Valencia: $513
  • Departure Private Transfer Montserrat to Barcelona Airport or City by Luxury Van: $176
  • From Albufera Day Trip with Boat Tour and Transfer: $59
  • From Morella and Peñíscola Day Trip with Transfers: $119
  • Private Transfer - Valencia Airport (VLC) to Valencia Cruise Port: $39
  • Private Transfer Valencia Airport to Hotel: $111
  • Private Transfer: VLC Airport to Valencia in Business Car: $88
  • Private Transfer: Valencia City Center to Valencia Airport (VLC): $27
  • Private Transfer: Valencia to Valencia Airport VLC in Luxury Van: $92

Is it cheaper to fly into Valencia or Santillana?

Prices for flights to both Santillana and Valencia 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
    Valencia 40
    Santillana 30

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Valencia

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

  • Cooking Class of traditional spanish food: $1.08
  • Flamenco at Toro y La Luna with Drinks or Dinner: $19
  • Hard Rock Cafe Entrance with Lunch or Dinner: $32
  • Traditional Spanish Home Dinner: $49
  • Private Food Tour with Basic Spanish Learning: $53
  • Guided Food Tour with Chocolate Tasting Experience: $54
  • Paella Cooking Experience near the center of Valencia: $59
  • Morning Food Tour with Central Market Visit: $64
  • Authentic Valencian Paella Cooking Class: $66
  • Vegetable Paella cooking class, tapas and Ruzafa market visit: $67
  • Valencian paella cooking class, tapas and visit to Ruzafa market.: $67
  • Valencian Paella Cooking Class, Tapas & Sangria - Evening : $67

Typical Food Prices in Santillana

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Santillana:


  • Breakfast
    7.00

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Valencia 29
    Santillana 23
Typical Entertainment Prices in Valencia

Here are a few typical costs in Valencia for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Flamenco Tour
    16

Tours and Activities in Valencia

Here are a few actual costs in Valencia for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.24
  • Self-Guided City Exploration Game and Walking Tour: $3.78
  • Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $5.40
  • City Exploration Game and Tour on your Phone: $6.47
  • Valencia Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $6.66
  • In Love with A Self-Guided Tour of its Landmarks: $7.99
  • Between Two Gates Self-Guided Smartphone Tour: $7.99
  • In Love with A Self-Guided Cultural Audio Tour: $7.99
  • Walking Tour with Audio Guide on App: $8.10
  • Historic Center Audio-Guided Tour with Earphones: $8.64
  • Silk Museum Entry Ticket with Audio Guide: $8.64
  • Scavenger Hunt and Iconic Sights Self-Guided Tour: $8.92

Tours and Activities in Santillana

Here are a few actual costs in Santillana for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Memorable Family Walking Tour in Ancient Santillana del Mar: $432

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Valencia 20
    Santillana 4.29

Sample the Local Flavors in Valencia

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

  • Guided Pub Crawl with Free Shots: $13
  • Pub Crawl With Free Shots: $25
  • Valencia Pub Crawl: $26
  • Albufera: Boat Ride with Valencian Wine Tasting & Tapas: $52
  • Wine Tasting with Professional Sommelier in centre Valencia: $59
  • Private wine tasting with snacks in the historic centre of Valencia: $63
  • Local Tapas & Wine tasting experience: $92
  • Wine Tasting and Tapas Experience: $103
  • Valencia Wine Tasting and Tapas Experience: $105
  • Valencia Wine Tasting and Tapas Experience: $105
  • From Guided Cheese Factory Tour with Wine Tasting: $107
  • From Requena Wine Tour with Tastings: $124

Sample the Local Flavors in Santillana

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

  • Santillana Uncorked: A Wine Tasting Adventure: $1,033


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

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


Which is Bigger, Valencia or Santillana?

Valencia has a larger population, and is about 200 times larger than the population of Santillana. When comparing the sizes of Valencia and Santillana, 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 Valencia or Santillana?

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 Valencia or Santillana in the Summer?

Both Santillana and Valencia are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. Many visitors come to Valencia in the summer for the beaches, the hiking, the city activities, and the family-friendly experiences.

Valencia is a little warmer than Santillana in the summer. The daily temperature in Valencia averages around 25°C (76°F) in July, and Santillana fluctuates around 19°C (66°F).

It's quite sunny in Santillana. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Valencia. Valencia usually receives more sunshine than Santillana during summer. Valencia gets 303 hours of sunny skies, while Santillana receives 213 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Valencia usually receives less rain than Santillana. Valencia gets 9 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Santillana receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Valencia 25°C (76°F) 
    Santillana 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Valencia or Santillana in the Autumn?

Both Santillana and Valencia during the autumn are popular places to visit. Most visitors come to Valencia for the hiking trails, the city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area during these months.

In the autumn, Valencia is a little warmer than Santillana. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Valencia in October average around 19°C (66°F), and Santillana averages at about 16°C (60°F).

In the autumn, Valencia often gets more sunshine than Santillana. Valencia gets 198 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Santillana receives 133 hours of full sun.

Santillana gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Valencia usually gets less rain in October than Santillana. Valencia gets 94 mm (3.7 in) of rain, while Santillana receives 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Valencia 19°C (66°F) 
    Santillana 16°C (60°F)

Should I visit Valencia or Santillana in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Valencia and Santillana. The winter months attract visitors to Valencia because of the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

In January, Valencia is generally a little warmer than Santillana. Daily temperatures in Valencia average around 12°C (53°F), and Santillana fluctuates around 9°C (49°F).

Valencia usually receives more sunshine than Santillana during winter. Valencia gets 162 hours of sunny skies, while Santillana receives 91 hours of full sun in the winter.

Santillana receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Valencia usually receives less rain than Santillana. Valencia gets 32 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Santillana receives 149 mm (5.9 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Valencia 12°C (53°F) 
    Santillana 9°C (49°F)

Should I visit Valencia or Santillana in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Valencia as well as Santillana. The beaches, the activities around the city, and the natural beauty are the main draw to Valencia this time of year.

Valencia is a little warmer than Santillana in the spring. The daily temperature in Valencia averages around 15°C (60°F) in April, and Santillana fluctuates around 12°C (53°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Valencia this time of the year. In the spring, Valencia often gets more sunshine than Santillana. Valencia gets 213 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Santillana receives 148 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Santillana. Valencia usually gets less rain in April than Santillana. Valencia gets 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain, while Santillana receives 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Valencia 15°C (60°F) 
    Santillana 12°C (53°F)

Typical Weather for Santillana and Valencia

Valencia Santillana
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 12°C (53°F) 32 mm (1.3 in) 9°C (49°F) 149 mm (5.9 in)
Feb 12°C (54°F) 30 mm (1.2 in) 10°C (50°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Mar 14°C (56°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 10°C (51°F) 119 mm (4.7 in)
Apr 15°C (60°F) 40 mm (1.6 in) 12°C (53°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
May 18°C (65°F) 33 mm (1.3 in) 14°C (58°F) 94 mm (3.7 in)
Jun 22°C (71°F) 23 mm (0.9 in) 17°C (62°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Jul 25°C (76°F) 9 mm (0.4 in) 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Aug 25°C (77°F) 21 mm (0.8 in) 19°C (67°F) 89 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 23°C (73°F) 47 mm (1.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 88 mm (3.4 in)
Oct 19°C (66°F) 94 mm (3.7 in) 16°C (60°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Nov 15°C (58°F) 57 mm (2.2 in) 12°C (53°F) 181 mm (7.1 in)
Dec 12°C (54°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 10°C (50°F) 157 mm (6.2 in)