Cape Town vs Madrid

Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 4,617,560 6,578,0179
Official language(s) Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Spanish
Level of English Very high Moderate
Main airport Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, September - November
Currency ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $1549 $2498
Rent $618 $1174
Groceries $129 $175
Dining out $269 $313
Cafe $32 $51
Coworking space $151 $196
Mobile internet $27 $10
Public transportation $55 $78
Taxis $21 $44
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $49
Sport and cultural events $19 $54
Museums and sights $15 $20
Nightlife $43 $82
Gym $36 $44
Yoga $56 $142
Massage $30 $64
SIM card options MTN, Vodacom Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Uber, Bolt Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall 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 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 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!
Vegetarian / vegan options 24 options on HappyCow 85 listings on Happy Cow