Spain loves meat. Walk into any bar and the likelihood of seeing ham legs swinging from the rafters is high. But the country, especially its big cities, is also home to some incredible vegetarian cuisine, you just need to know where to look.
To celebrate World Vegetarian Day on Thursday, The Local scoured Trip Advisor for vegetarian travellers' best tips on where to eat in Spain.
Calle Lope de Vega, 7
This place, in the centre of Madrid, makes "vegan, homemade, organic and healthy food". It is renowned for its creativity and its ethos is "who says vegetarians only eat salad?". It does breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner so you get get your veggie food fix no matter what the time of day.
"One of the best vegan restaurants in Spain."
"The incredible food, the creativity, flavour and attention to detail on each dish is what make this place the best vegetarian restaurant in Spain."
Viva la Vida
Costanilla de San Andres 16 | Plaza de la Paja
The only restaurant in Madrid dedicated entirely to veggie burgers, sometimes only a burger will do, and here, veggies definitely don’t miss out on the fun. The decor is cool and the restaurant is located in the heart of Madrid's tapas district La Latina, on the beautiful Plaza de la Paja.
"The food is excellent. The fries were incredible and the burgers were delicious and enormous."
Sant Antoni Abat, 52
If you want to experience the best Spanish tapas has to offer, minus the meat, Sesamo is for you. From Spanish classics like tortilla de patatas and pan con tomate to more adventurous dishes, this is a great place to sample Spain's best veggie tapas.
"Delightful food and very friendly staff who took the time to explain what we were eating."
"Stupendous vegetarian tapas."
"A hidden gem, great food and great gin!"
Carrer Palau, 5
This trendy "vegetarian bistro" offers veggie tapas, starters and main courses, so is great whether you fancy sharing or keeping a delicious dish all to yourself.
"Not a vegetarian but I loved it!"
"It’s so good we went back the next night as well!"
Calle Poeta Mas y Ros nº 35
Café Infinito has a range of vegan and vegetarian tapas, as well as some meat options so is an ideal choice if you’re going out in a group that includes some confirmed carnivores. Specializing in Spanish tapas and Italian wraps and pastas, it is Valencia's most popular veggie restaurant on Trip Advisor.
"Fantastic food and cocktails at a very good price."
"The best spot in Valencia!"
This self-styled "gastronomic atelier" is unlike any restaurant you’ll have seen before. Centred around an open kitchen, KÖK stages workshops, business dinners, family celebrations and Sunday brunches all in an open and inclusive atmosphere and including lots of choice for vegetarians.
"Delicious, original and exceptional service!"
"The best brunch I've had in Spain."
"Vegetarian and macrobiotic" with a wide-ranging menu, that also has meat and fish options if you are dining with non-vegetarians.
"Everything we ate was delicious and beautifully presented."
La Camelia vegan bar
Calle Villarias, 3,
Photo: La Camelia
This tiny little vegetarian gem in the heart of Bilbao offers vegetarian sushi: a variety of vegetarian makis and dishes to share.
"Minimalist and delicious."
Palma de Mallorca
Calle San Feliu, 7
Photo: Bon Lloc
Mallorca’s first veggie restaurant opened back in 1978 and offers snacks, tapas and main dishes including tofu curry, vegetarian burgers and vegetarian bbq.
"Great vegetarian restaurant."
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
Calle Mequínez, 21 | La Ranilla
Photo: El Mana
An organic restaurant-cafe in the heart of Puero de la Cruz, El Mana offers a delicious variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes all freshly made. The restaurant is the project of chef Ruth Marrero, who opened its doors in 2011.
"The food was excellent! Lovely chilled vibe and friendly staff."