Madrid vs Playa del Carmen vs Sofia

Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Playa del Carmen ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 6,578,0179 259,453 1,270,169
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Moderate Moderate High
Main airport Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - May, October - December April-June, September-October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $2450 $2138 $1265
Rent $1152 $921 $556
Groceries $172 $126 $10
Dining out $307 $207 $223
Cafe $50 $42 $27
Coworking space $192 $160 $137
Mobile internet $10 $21 $10
Public transportation $77 $17 $29
Taxis $43 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $48 $49 $39
Sport and cultural events $53 $96 $18
Museums and sights $19 $216 $12
Nightlife $81 $77 $80
Gym $43 $42 $23
Yoga $139 $54 $61
Massage $62 $101 $29
SIM card options Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 10-15% for restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now N/A TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not 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 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, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros 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 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 Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 85 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow