Istanbul vs Larnaca vs Madrid

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 15,520,000 144,900 6,578,0179
Official language(s) Turkish Greek Spanish
Level of English Low High Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October - December March - May, September - November
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $821 $2122 $2705
Rent $441 $735 $1272
Groceries $55 $170 $190
Dining out $101 $283 $339
Cafe $22 $61 $55
Coworking space $61 $226 $212
Mobile internet $4 $38 $11
Public transportation $8 $68 $85
Taxis $8 $45 $47
Shared bicycles and scooters $3 $49 $53
Sport and cultural events $14 $31 $59
Museums and sights $19 $9 $21
Nightlife $27 $119 $89
Gym $12 $116 $47
Yoga $29 $114 $154
Massage $18 $59 $69
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps BiTaksi nTaxi Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine 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.. 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 Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros
Eat like a local 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. 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 59 listings on Happy Cow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 85 listings on Happy Cow