Bucharest vs Cape Town vs Madrid

Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 1,830,000 4,617,560 6,578,0179
Official language(s) Romanian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Spanish
Level of English High Very high Moderate
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit April - October March - May, September - November March - May, September - November
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1495 $1693 $2765
Rent $680 $676 $1300
Groceries $126 $141 $194
Dining out $182 $294 $347
Cafe $42 $35 $57
Coworking space $147 $165 $217
Mobile internet $8 $29 $12
Public transportation $24 $60 $87
Taxis $10 $22 $49
Shared bicycles and scooters $28 $54 $54
Sport and cultural events $32 $21 $60
Museums and sights $32 $16 $22
Nightlife $50 $48 $91
Gym $34 $39 $49
Yoga $65 $61 $157
Massage $35 $33 $70
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange MTN, Vodacom Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. 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 Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets 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!
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