Barcelona vs Istanbul vs Larnaca

Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
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Population 5,585,556 15,520,000 144,900
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish Turkish Greek
Level of English High Low High
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Istanbul Airport (IST) Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November April - June, September and October March - May, October - December
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2582 $821 $2122
Rent $1009 $441 $735
Groceries $131 $55 $170
Dining out $436 $101 $283
Cafe $49 $22 $61
Coworking space $231 $61 $226
Mobile internet $11 $4 $38
Public transportation $138 $8 $68
Taxis $52 $8 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $26 $3 $49
Sport and cultural events $88 $14 $31
Museums and sights $36 $19 $9
Nightlife $121 $27 $119
Gym $88 $12 $116
Yoga $101 $29 $114
Massage $64 $18 $59
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar Turkcell, Turk Telekom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN
Tipping 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow BiTaksi nTaxi
Tap water Drinkable Not 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 Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well..
Local food specialities Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka
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 Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too.
Vegetarian / vegan options 98 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available