Barcelona vs Istanbul

Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 5,585,556 15,520,000
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish Turkish
Level of English High Low
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November April - June, September and October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa Yes No
Average monthly costs $2776 $1324
Rent $1085 $711
Groceries $141 $89
Dining out $469 $163
Cafe $52 $36
Coworking space $248 $99
Mobile internet $12 $6
Public transportation $148 $12
Taxis $56 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $28 $5
Sport and cultural events $95 $22
Museums and sights $39 $30
Nightlife $130 $44
Gym $95 $19
Yoga $108 $46
Massage $69 $30
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow BiTaksi
Tap water Drinkable Not 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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 98 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow