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Barcelona 🇪🇸
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Population 5,585,556 259,453 237,559 1,305,737
Official language(s) Catalan, Spanish Spanish Portuguese Czech
Level of English High Moderate Very High High
Main airport Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November January - May, October - December May - September June - October
Currency EUR - Euro (€) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) EUR - Euro (€) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč)
Credit cards Accepted almost evewhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted most places (some places are cash only)
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2713 $2188 $2001 $1976
Rent $1061 $943 $816 $854
Groceries $138 $129 $169 $173
Dining out $458 $211 $318 $263
Cafe $51 $43 $51 $58
Coworking space $242 $163 $109 $192
Mobile internet $12 $21 $24 $27
Public transportation $145 $17 $108 $66
Taxis $55 $9 $29 $36
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $50 $12 $21
Sport and cultural events $93 $99 $51 $21
Museums and sights $38 $221 $27 $38
Nightlife $127 $79 $75 $54
Gym $93 $43 $64 $62
Yoga $106 $56 $94 $72
Massage $68 $103 $55 $40
SIM card options Vodafone, Movistar Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS Vodafone, T-Mobile
Tipping 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 10-15% for restaurants 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Cabify, FreeNow N/A Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Uber, Liftago
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable 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. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts. Thick soups are often combined with stewed vegetables and baked meats to produce rich dishes. Gravies and creams are popular in Czech cuisine, as is beer!
Local food specialities Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomáquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa Vepřo knedlo zelo, Česnečka, Guláš, Svíčková na smetaně, Ovocné Knedlíky.
Eat like a local Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars Pubs and taverns, street food stalls, local cafés
Vegetarian / vegan options 98 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 112 options on HappyCow