Barcelona vs Larnaca vs Playa del Carmen

Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
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Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Population 5,585,556 144,900 259,453
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish Greek Spanish
Level of English High High Moderate
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November March - May, October - December January - May, October - December
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2698 $2218 $2185
Rent $1055 $768 $941
Groceries $137 $177 $129
Dining out $456 $295 $211
Cafe $51 $64 $43
Coworking space $241 $236 $163
Mobile internet $12 $40 $21
Public transportation $144 $71 $17
Taxis $54 $47 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $51 $50
Sport and cultural events $92 $32 $98
Museums and sights $38 $9 $221
Nightlife $126 $124 $79
Gym $92 $122 $43
Yoga $105 $119 $55
Massage $67 $61 $103
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 10-15% for restaurants
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow nTaxi N/A
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. Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well.. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
Local food specialities Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too. Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 98 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 72 listings on Happy Cow