Vegan On The Road – Andalucia, Spain

Jane and the Happpy Restaurant:)  Cordoba

We’re on the road again!  Out and about around Spain, the fascinating region of Andalucia.  Fillled with history, diverse culture and loads of tasty treats.

We sampled a variety of vegan treats all over Andalucia. Here’s some delicious Smoked Lebanese Aubergines bound together with tahini.

We stayed in central Malaga and were really surprised by the place, loads to see, do and nibble.  We’d recommend a visit and you can even chill on the beach, it’s miles long!  The hill top fort was a real highlight, as well as the old town and Picasso Museum.

There are some great little vegan restaurants, we enjoyed delicious, innovative meals.  Plenty of chilled soups, gazpacho and salmorejo, were always an option for a quick and nourishing lunch or snack.  We tend to eat loads of fruit and fresh veg, or salads, on the road.

Overlooking Malaga, a vibrant place with plenty of historical sights, galleries and some awesome little vegan restaurants.


Loved this simple and tasty dish – Grilled Vegetables with Mojo Sauce, Sevilla

In Cordoba we stayed in a small village, 30 mins away from the centre, tucked away behind a hill overlooking the vast plains of Andalucia.  Our room was built into the thick walls of a medieval church/ fort.  The village was sleepy and the main form of transport seemed to be tractor, with the occasional donkey.  Cordoba is the hottest place in Europe and it averaged around 40oC for our stay.

Cordoba is heavily influenced by the Moors and has always been a centre of learning and culture, you can feel that.  It’s a beautiful, stylish place and the Mesquite is simply stunning.  A huge edifice, once a mosque (accomodating 20,000) now converted into a cathedral.  It’s mind boggling in an awe inspiring way.  We were blow away by the scale and complexity of the place.

There are not loads of vegan restaurants, but we found it easy to order a variety of tapas and plates in most joints.  We also bought local produce in the village in a large co-operative.  Mostly organic and our accomodation had a little kitchen.  It was a real pleasure to use the local olives, paprika, herbs, olive oil, wine and sherry in a variety of dishes.  The fruit and vegetables were all so fresh and flavourful.  Paella was definitely on the menu!  I found the food and produce in Andalucia to be some of the best in Spain.

We caught some fiestas (there are so many in Spain!!) Some women in traditional dress coming out of the Mesquite. A hot one for a stroll…40oC! Cordoba


Old time Spain. We love it!!


Us. Outside the spectacular Mesquite, one of the most amazing buildings we’ve ever seen.  Cordoba


Some awesome street art all over Spanish cities. The streets are galleries too.  Sevillla

In Sevillla we stayed in the outskirts, a friendly neighborhood with probably the best fruit seller we’ve ever encountered.  A real pleasure to sample a variety of local fruits that we knew would be fragrant and delicious.

Sevilla city is touristy, as are most of the cities in Andalucia, but it wears it well.  Again, it’s a stylish place with it’s own flavour.  We loved wandering the windy little streets of the old town and getting lost for a while.  The river has a wide promenade, a must for sunset when locals gather, some jogging, some with guitars, most just chilling and enjoying the cool air and ambience.

There are plenty of vegan options all over the city, with a few vegan restaurants.  Add to this loads of cool cafes/bars and the most amazing cathedral we’ve ever seen (and we’ve seen a few on our travels!!) and you’ve got a awesome place to visit.

Pumpkin, Walnut and Spinach Lasagna. Reminded us that we don’t eat anywhere near enough lasagna! Sevilla



We’ve moved on to Portugal now and are walking the Rota Vincentina, mainly skirting the coastline of southern Portugal.  Our next post will be coming soon with pictures and plant-based pilgrim news……we’re heading all the way to Santiago Compostela in Spain.


Jane hanging out beside a Roman Amphitheatre. Malaga was a surprise, it has loads to offer a curious wanderer, plus beaches too.



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25 thoughts on “Vegan On The Road – Andalucia, Spain

  1. Love your food photos πŸ™‚

  2. Jill

    Great post. It gave me travel envy on this cold, wet, grey winter morning.

  3. Looking great, loving the food, envying the travel, eHug”s for all from Vegan Joe’s.

  4. Great post πŸ™‚

  5. Ema Melanaphy

    It looks, and sounds like you guys are having a totally amazing time! 😊 Cordoba is such a fascinating and beautiful place – I visited there many years ago, and it’s just overflowing with history and culture – also a bit of a mecca for flamenco, if I remember rightly!

    Enjoy Portugal – wish I was trekking around that part of the world myself! Big hugs, peace and paella to you and Jane from me and Rob πŸ™‚ xx

    • Jane

      Thanks EmaβœŒοΈπŸ˜„ Cordoba was beautiful, lots of πŸ’ƒ and fascinating historical buildings. We loved it. Hugs straight back attcha bothπŸŒˆπŸŒ±πŸŒžπŸ‘

  6. Looks so yummy! And those fiesta dresses… Oh wow! Xx

  7. I absolutely LOVE Spain and am DYING to bring my husband. We are avid travelers….but haven’t gone abroad since we transitioned to a vegan lifestyle! I’m so happy to see you found such good places in Spain we are definitely going to hit some of these spots when we finally go!!

    • Great!! Good luck with your plans Chrissy. Spain is a beautiful, diverse country. We just finished the Camino Portugese trail. A magical way to see this area. Happy travelsπŸŒˆπŸ˜πŸΎπŸ‘ŒβœŒοΈπŸŒ±

  8. Becky

    Ive just gone the opposite way, Sevilla and now Cordoba – it is so hot I can’t believe it πŸ˜‚ which of the two did you prefer?

    • I imagine it’s scorching this time of year Becks!! The hottest town in Europe. Yow! We liked them both very much, but maybe Sevilla shades it. Just because it’s bigger and there’s more stuff going on plus cool restaurants and places to check out. Enjoy!!

      • Yeah it’s pretty toasty πŸ˜‚ I feel the same, absolutely love Sevilla…might actually be my favourite place in Spain!

      • That’s a tough call for us to make Becks! I love so many places in Spain, but Sevilla is well up there. Shine on:)

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  11. I must try this food!

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