Barcelona vs Lviv vs Playa del Carmen vs Sofia

Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 5,585,556 731,387 259,453 1,270,169
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish Ukrainian Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English High Low Moderate High
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November May - September January - May, October - December April-June, September-October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes No
Average monthly costs $2384 $922 $2143 $1289
Rent $932 $400 $923 $567
Groceries $121 $91 $127 $10
Dining out $403 $151 $207 $227
Cafe $45 $21 $42 $27
Coworking space $213 $79 $160 $140
Mobile internet $10 $4 $21 $10
Public transportation $127 $5 $17 $30
Taxis $48 $12 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $24 $16 $49 $40
Sport and cultural events $81 $13 $97 $18
Museums and sights $33 $9 $217 $12
Nightlife $112 $43 $77 $82
Gym $81 $22 $42 $23
Yoga $93 $30 $54 $62
Massage $59 $27 $101 $29
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar Vodafone, Kyivstar Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow Uber, Uklon N/A TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Not 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. Slavic. Emphasis on frilled meats combined with potatoes, carrots, pickles and cabbage. Creamy deserts often elaborated with cottage cheese. Lviv enjoys culinary influences from Kiev (traditional with an emphasis on chicken) and Odessa (various seafood dishes). Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 98 options on HappyCow 9 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow