Spain and vegetarian friendly are not usually words you see in a sentence together. However, given the influx of foreigners due to tourism, Baqueira and Val d’Aran is slowly but surely becoming ever more vegetarian friendly. Here are our top tips for vegetarians and vegans:
- Most restaurants are more than happy to adapt their dishes if you ask nicely (don’t forget that meat eating is engrained in Spanish culture and so they will not take kindly to criticism of their great grandma’s meat recipe!)
- You cannot go wrong with Pan con tomate (bread, tomato and garlic) and Patatas Bravas (potatoes in a spicy sauce).
- If you are vegetarian, then the Val d’Aran has a great selection of local cheeses so you won’t miss out on the local culture.
- One of the most famous and tastiest Spanish dishes is tortilla. 100% vegetarian and 100% delicious!
- Vegans can enjoy Calçots, a traditional leek style vegetable that is barbequed and served with a vegan tomato and bread sauce.
- The emergence of Asian fusion restaurants in the valley means that there are more and more vegetarian and vegan options available.
- If you are traveling with meat eaters, most meat grill restaurants will also do grilled vegetables (Raco, Nosati, Entrecot Genial)!
Here are our top vegetarian friendly eateries:
Where to find them? See our map 🧭
This little ecological café in Vielha is open for lunches and dinners (Tuesday to Saturday). It does not have an extensive menu and is definitely more of a lunch/café style but it is completely ecologically friendly with the majority of the menu vegetarian/vegan. They also have seating outdoors to relax in the sun and the staff are lovely. Cheap and informal!
Located in Baqueira, BMAI offers Asian and Pyrenees fusion using local products from the Val d’Aran and creating Asian dishes. They also offer a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan food including Bao buns, spring rolls and ramens! Open for lunch and dinner.
This is primarily a meat and fish South African restaurant but there are a few vegetarian options, so this restaurant is a good option for families with both meat and vegetable eaters! Plus, the owner and staff are friendly and more than happy to adapt the dishes to dietary needs. Moreover, the owner speaks English so you can easily communicate!
Era Caseta Deth Mestre
Although this is a traditional Aranese restaurant, it also offers vegetable quiches and the best Spanish tortilla that you will ever try! Not suitable for vegans but definitely a few vegetarian options that cannot be missed!!
This restaurant fuses Australian, Asian and Aranese cooking. It is a tapas style restaurant with both meat and vegetarian sharing plates. Not suitable for vegans but vegetarians can enjoy a falafel salad and cheese from Italy among other dishes! More of an informal dining experience but the food and wines are of an incredible quality. Plus, they offer homemade ice creams!