Istanbul vs Larnaca vs Valencia

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
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Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 15,520,000 144,900 834,000
Official language(s) Turkish Greek Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Low High Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October - December March - June, September, October
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $803 $2120 $2138
Rent $432 $734 $941
Groceries $54 $169 $158
Dining out $99 $282 $316
Cafe $22 $61 $45
Coworking space $60 $226 $165
Mobile internet $4 $38 $17
Public transportation $8 $68 $41
Taxis $7 $45 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $3 $49 $33
Sport and cultural events $13 $30 $79
Museums and sights $18 $9 $47
Nightlife $26 $119 $71
Gym $11 $116 $37
Yoga $28 $114 $94
Massage $18 $59 $49
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Vodafone, Orange
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps BiTaksi nTaxi Cabify, FreeNow
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.. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
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. Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 98 listings on Happy Cow