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 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.
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.
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.
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.