Madrid vs Playa del Carmen vs Porto vs Prague

Madrid 🇪🇸
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Population 6,578,0179 259,453 237,559 1,305,737
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish Portuguese Czech
Level of English Moderate Moderate Very High High
Main airport Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
Most common months to visit March - May, 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 everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted most places (some places are cash only)
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2842 $2188 $2001 $1976
Rent $1336 $943 $816 $854
Groceries $200 $129 $169 $173
Dining out $356 $211 $318 $263
Cafe $58 $43 $51 $58
Coworking space $223 $163 $109 $192
Mobile internet $12 $21 $24 $27
Public transportation $89 $17 $108 $66
Taxis $50 $9 $29 $36
Shared bicycles and scooters $56 $50 $12 $21
Sport and cultural events $62 $99 $51 $21
Museums and sights $23 $221 $27 $38
Nightlife $94 $79 $75 $54
Gym $50 $43 $64 $62
Yoga $162 $56 $94 $72
Massage $72 $103 $55 $40
SIM card options Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS Vodafone, T-Mobile
Tipping Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 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 Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now N/A Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Uber, Liftago
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors. 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, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileña, churros 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 Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros! 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 85 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 112 options on HappyCow