Barcelona vs Medellin vs Sofia vs Valencia

Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Medellin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 5,585,556 2,427,000 1,270,169 834,000
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish Spanish Bulgarian Spanish, Valencian
Level of English High Low High Moderate
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Josรฉ Marรญa Cรณrdova International Airport (MDE) Sofia International Airport (SOF) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November January - April, December April-June, September-October March - June, September, October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) COP - Colombian Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted in some places Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No Yes
Average monthly costs $2384 $1293 $1289 $1976
Rent $932 $732 $567 $869
Groceries $121 $87 $10 $146
Dining out $403 $131 $227 $292
Cafe $45 $18 $27 $42
Coworking space $213 $96 $140 $152
Mobile internet $10 $16 $10 $16
Public transportation $127 $21 $30 $38
Taxis $48 $14 $12 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $24 $0 $40 $30
Sport and cultural events $81 $8 $18 $73
Museums and sights $33 $9 $12 $44
Nightlife $112 $73 $82 $66
Gym $81 $15 $23 $34
Yoga $93 $54 $62 $87
Massage $59 $20 $29 $45
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar Claro, Tigo A1, Telenor, Vivacom Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere Tip 10% in restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow EasyTaxi TaxiMe, TaxiStars Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable 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 blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats 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. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas. Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 98 options on HappyCow 153 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow 98 listings on Happy Cow