Barcelona vs Berlin vs Madrid

Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 5,585,556 3,400,000 6,578,0179
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish German Spanish
Level of English High Very high Moderate
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Berlin Tegel (TXL) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November May - September March - May, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2448 $2260 $2565
Rent $957 $965 $1206
Groceries $124 $193 $180
Dining out $414 $279 $322
Cafe $46 $59 $53
Coworking space $219 $179 $202
Mobile internet $11 $24 $11
Public transportation $131 $90 $80
Taxis $49 $60 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $25 $17 $50
Sport and cultural events $84 $65 $56
Museums and sights $34 $38 $20
Nightlife $115 $64 $85
Gym $84 $68 $45
Yoga $95 $102 $146
Massage $61 $58 $65
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Catalan cuisine makes extensive use of Mediterranean vegetables, legumes mixed with pork in its many varieties, chicken and fish. Regularly mixes sweet and savory flavors in specific dishes. This cuisine is known for being bold in flavor and striking in color, with a variety of specific regional dishes found the culinary hub that is Barcelona. Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors.
Local food specialities Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros
Eat like a local Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros!
Vegetarian / vegan options 98 options on HappyCow 844 listings on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow