5 Vegan or Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Costa Dorada

Being a vegan or vegetarian doesn’t mean that you can never go out to eat, even when you’re on vacation. Instead of cooking in your rental villa or apartment, why not try these five vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants?

Cook and Travel

If you are craving Asian cuisine, you’ll love Cook and Travel! Their menu is a fusion of Asian, Mediterranean, and European flavors that will give you a unique gastronomic experience. The restaurant is bright, eclectic, and welcoming with giant blackboard walls. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian options available as well as delicious wine and other beverages.

Portal 22

This modern-style restaurant is located in a gorgeous, historic home with plenty of grandeur and elegance. The Portal 22 menu is Spanish, European, and Mediterranean so there is something for every palate. Don’t miss out on their delicious drinks and cocktails. Each dish is a work of art and this is also a great place to grab drinks and tapas if you’re having a night out on the town!

Medusa Restaurant & Lounge

For a nautical and Ancient Greek themed restaurant, check out the Medusa Restaurant and Lounge. The menu is Mediterranean with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. The interior is brightly colored and lit, almost like an upscale diner. There is also outdoor seating with a beautiful view of the water. They have a large menu with plenty to offer everyone in your group, as well as amazing cocktails and beers.

Indian Spice

In the mood for Indian cuisine? You’ll love Indian Spice, which is an open-air restaurant painted in a beautiful and majestic purple. With gorgeous Indian-inspired décor, including pictures and paintings of India, you’ll almost feel like you’re there while you try some of the best Indian food you’ll eat in Spain! The portions are huge, and you’ll want to order a whole slew of dishes to share around the table so you can try each and every item!

El Vergel Veggie Restaurant

When you want a purely healthy option, you’ll need to head to El Vergel Veggie Restaurant. This beautifully decorated café is elegant and simple with a lot of pastels and wood tones. While meat is not found in this restaurant, they promise that you won’t miss it because their flavors are so delicious you won’t even notice!

Time to head out into the city to explore, or back to your holiday rental in Costa Dorada for a good night’s sleep to prepare for the adventures that await you tomorrow!


A tapas crawl in El Born

No matter where you choose to rent a villa in Barcelona, you’ll be within walking distance of a great tapas restaurant! The city has plenty of great places that serve up small plates of classic Spanish dishes such as patatas bravas, calamares, and croquetas. However there is one particular location in Barcelona that is especially known for its tapas offerings: the neighbourhood of El Born in Ciutat Vella (the old city). Join us as we take a look at some of the highlights of an El Born tapas crawl!

Stop 1: Tapeo

Begin your El Born tapas crawl at Tapeo. Run by husband-and-wife team Daniel Rueda and Natalia Ferran, the menu features modern, creative tapas that you won’t find anywhere else, and it’s the perfect way to begin your evening. How about meatballs with cuttlefish, wasabi-topped salmon, or a burger with mushroom mayo?

Stop 2: El Xampanyet

El Xampanyet should be your second stop on your El Born tapas crawl for two reasons: first, it’s right across the road from Tapeo, and second this traditional watering hole is extremely popular and it gets busy, so arriving early is essential. Authenticity is key here and you won’t find any ‘crazy’ menu items, just good old-fashioned Spanish tortillas and plenty of chorizo. While the tapas is delicious, many people flock here for the homemade cava!

Stop 3: Cal Pep

A short walk through El Born will bring you to Cal Pep, a Mediterranean-style restaurant famous for its fresh seafood offerings. With menu items changing depending on the ‘catch of the day’, there’s always something different to sample here, and there’s usually more than 70 dishes available, including tapas, meats, fish, vegetables, soups, and salads.

Stop 4: Ten’s Tapas OR Vinya del Senyor

Now it’s time to make a decision: Either head toward Barcelona Zoo and you can visit Ten’s Tapas, run by renowned chef Jordi Cruz, or head toward Port Vell and stop in at Vinya del Senyor, a wine-themed tapas restaurant that commands spectacular views of the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar from the outdoor patio. If you enjoy people-watching, then this is a true Barcelona hotspot.


Calçotadas: Catalonia’s onion obsession

Vacation rentals in Barcelona can get booked up quickly during the summer as it is one of the most popular times to visit Catalonia. However, deciding to take a Barcelona holiday in the winter isn’t such a bad idea especially if you like onions! Why? Because it’s calçot season; a time for good food and good wine!

What is a Calçot?

A calçot is a type of onion that is similar to a scallion, spring onion, green onion, salad onion, or the like. They’re harvested during the winter months in rural Catalonia, and are served in a rather unique and interesting way that makes them truly delicious and hard to put down!

Catalonia Calçotades

If you’re staying in a villa in Barcelona during the winter, you may hear the locals discussing the calçotada…but what is IT? A calçotada is a festival celebrating the calçot, where the onions are barbecued, steamed, and then eaten as a snack, usually dipped in a traditional Romesco sauce from Tarragona. There are also grilled meats, crusty breads, and copious amounts of local red wine.

Finding Calçotadas

If you’re keen to visit a calçotada during your holiday in Spain, then consider visiting the town of Valls in January, which is when the region’s biggest annual calçotada takes place. However, you’re sure to find smaller calçotadas taking place in restaurants throughout calçot season, which runs from December to April.

Even if onions aren’t really your thing, Valls is still a great place to visit in the winter months. Spend time in Plaça del Blat in the historic centre of the town, home to the Castells Museum, where you can learn more about another of Valls’ famous attractions: the human towers, which have been a unique Catalan artistic style since the 1700s!

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How to make a tasty Spanish gazpacho

If you have ever been on holiday in Spain you may have encountered gazpacho, the delicious chilled tomato-based soup comprise of a combination of rich, refreshing flavours. The perfect starter for a summer barbecue in your villa in Catalonia, it’s simple to prepare and quick to serve. Here is one of our favourite recipes that you can recreate at home or while staying in your vacation rental in Spain.

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To concoct a tasty gazpacho, you will need approximately 1 kilogram of vine tomatoes. Remove the vines and with a knife, carve across on the skin of each tomato at the base. Pop them into a pan of boiling water for 20 to 30 seconds. Remove and plunge them into a bowl of cold water, and the skins should come away effortlessly.

Try next to remove the seeds from the tomatoes, then chop the leftover pieces and put into a blender. If there is any juice remaining, chop two slices of white bread and soak in the tomato juice for 5 to 10 minutes.

Next, finely chop a green pepper and place it along with garlic into the blender with the tomato soaked bread, a couple of tablespoons of sherry vinegar and olive oil, 1 teaspoon of light brown sugar, and, if you prefer, add a dash of tabasco. Blend all ingredients until they are smooth and add a few teaspoons of cold water.

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By now your soup should look slightly thicker than usual soup but not too lumpy. Add salt and pepper to season then chill in the refrigerator for 2 to 2.5 hours.

To prepare the garnishes, first boil an egg, simmer for 5 to 6 minutes, then place in cold water. Chop a red and yellow pepper and some cucumber and place them in the fridge. Chop 3 to 4 slices of almost stale bread and blend with olive oil. Season lightly and then place it in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Peel your now chilled egg and chop into pieces and pop them in the fridge.

Once your gazpacho is suitably chilled, place all garnishes into separate bowls so that your guests can help themselves. You can opt to serve the soup with a few ice cubes if the weather is really hot, although this will decrease the thickness. Now sit back and relax in your villa with private pool in Spain and enjoy your sumptuous creation!

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Top 5 tapas restaurants in Barcelona

The good way to discover 5 of the best tapas restaurants in Barcelona is by word of mouth. It’s all too easy when taking time out from your family villa in Barcelona to just go with the crowds in the main tourist areas, here are a few alternatives, so that you can experience truly authentic Catalan tapas dishes.

 

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La Cova Fumada

It may be off the tourist beaten path but don’t overlook La Cova Fumada. It’s a family run tapas bar which is incredibly popular with city residents. Serving some of the best varieties of seafood tapas there is plenty to whet your appetite. The bar doesn’t have any signs outside, just a large set of wooden doors, but don’t be put off, it’s buzzing with locals inside. The large chalk board menu details the specials and tapas dishes, football posters adorn the walls, it’s laid back and relaxed. If you want to take a break from cooking in your Catalonia villa rental and wish to indulge in some authentic tapas this is the place to visit.

Quimet i Quimet

It’s a small bar but the tapas are worth squeezing in for. House specialities include the montaditos (small sculpted tapas served on bread) or you can try a fusion of Asian/Mediterranean tapas with toppings such as salmon sashimi with honey, soy and cream cheese. Alternatively, if you enjoy fish dishes, the cod, black olive pate and passata will go down a treat. Arrive early if you want to find somewhere to sit or stand inside.

Gata Mala

Gata Mala offers you a dish of tapas for free when you order a drink, it’s a great way to sample the delicacies and decide if you wish to indulge in a larger ración. Portions are generous, they are reasonably priced, friends can share ibérico ham and manchego cheese and a bottle of wine which keeps the costs to a minimum.

 

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La Esquinica

You may have to queue for a while to get into La Esquinica especially on the weekends when it’s busy with locals. Tapas are generous in size, try the ensalada rusa, or the patatas bravas, and the anchovies – the menu is extensive with pinchos kebabs and a variety of meat and fish dishes.

Las Delicias del Carmelo

Located close to Park Güell, Las Delicias serves incredible plates of tapas and would be a perfect stop off point if you have been visiting the famous Gaudí park. The calamares (deep fried squid) and croquettas de pollo (chicken croquettes) are firm favourites here, if you feel more adventurous try something you wouldn’t make yourself in your vacation villa in Barcelona such as baby octopus served with salsa verde or snails cooked in tomato sauce.

If you are renting a villa in Barcelona you don’t have to stay in and cook every night, there are many reasonably priced tapas bars and restaurants across the city just waiting for you to discover them.

 

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