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Hello all, just back from a week's holiday in Spain, and I must say some things never change!<br><br>
I first went there as a vegetarian in 1985, and lived on egg and chips plus side salad for 2 weeks as they had obviously never heard of veggies. Even the English run pubs and restaurants were exactly the same. I can tell you, that was an early test for a budding vegetarian! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
This time, 26 years later, they seemed to have managed to upgrade to the odd (very odd) veggie burger and the occasional veggie lasagne in the English restaurants. I must say, it did occupy a lot of our time just trying to find something to eat.<br><br>
As you peruse through Spanish resorts you are confronted everywhere with typical signs displaying:<br><br>
Lamb chops<br>
Steak and Chips<br>
Ham and cheese pasta<br>
Bacon butties<br>
Roast beef and Yorkshire puddings<br>
every kind of meat based pizza you can think of<br>
Tuna seafood pies<br>
Lobster<br>
Catch of the day<br>
Mince beef and onion stew<br>
Full fried all day breakfasts<br>
etc, etc<br><br>
Even in their so-called more higher calibre restaurants you are more likely to find T-Bone steaks and squid rather than anything vegetarian. There are the smells of meat and fish cooking 24/7. In our hotel in which we were booked in for breakfast and evening meal, my breakfast consisted of fruit and a bread roll, while most other people enjoyed cooked food each morning. The evening meals were a choice of either overdone mushroom pizza or salad. My wife is an omni and even she was loathe to try the meat dishes they were offering her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"><br><br>
Don't even mention the word vegan!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
Although we enjoyed the weather, it is clear to see that Spain as a culinary destination for veg*ns is still a non-starter. Has anyone else been there on vacation? just wondered what other peoples results were like.
 

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I was in Barcelona a few weeks back. There are 4 vegan restaurants there, dunno how manny veggie places. I went to The Cat Bar off Leitana a bunch of times.<br><br>
When I was in Madrid a couple of years ago I enjoyed Yerbabuena a couple of times, and the infamous Maoz felafal.<br><br>
Seville has a brilliant organic veggie place called Centro Ecological Gaia.<br><br>
According to <a href="http://www.happycow.net/europe/spain/" target="_blank">Happy Cow there are 320 listing for spain</a>.
 

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I seem to remember reading the Fascist Franco regime was not much in favour of allowing vegetarianism to flourish. It's mentioned in this article:<br><a href="http://www.veggieinspain.com/a-travellers-guide.html" target="_blank">http://www.veggieinspain.com/a-travellers-guide.html</a>
 

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I seem to remember reading the Fascist Franco regime was not much in favour of allowing vegetarianism flourish. It's mentioned in this article:<br><a href="http://www.veggieinspain.com/a-travellers-guide.html" target="_blank">http://www.veggieinspain.com/a-travellers-guide.html</a></div>
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I never made the fascit/anti-vegetarian connection before. But it's certainly true that a lot of CNT members were vegetarian, so Franco wouldn't have bean much of a fan...
 

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I never made the fascit/anti-vegetarian connection before. But it's certainly true that a lot of CNT members were vegetarian, so Franco wouldn't have bean much of a fan...</div>
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Yep, that's my thinking as well. And since he held on to power for so long (almost 40 years), it may have had a lasting negative impact on Spanish cuisine.
 

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¡A mÃ* me encanta España!<br><br>
I spent several weeks in Barcelona in the summer of 2005 (i stayed with distant family), i studied abroad in Burgos 2 years ago, and i'm hoping to work in Spain next fall. I find it supper easy to eat vegan there if you're preparing food for yourself (i came across more brands of soy yogurt there than i do here in the US!) but eating out is another story. I pretty much lived of gazpacho when i went out to restaurants in Barcelona. Since it wasn't quite gazpacho season went i was studying in the country in the spring i usually had salad or pasta at the regular restaurants and falafel at the doner kebaps.<br>
Toledo was difficult tho. When we arrived at the train station it was breakfast time so we went to the café. I asked for bread but they didn't have any; since the menu was mostly made up of bocadillos i don't know what was up with that. Then for lunch we tried the doner kebaps. When i asked the falafel had egg in it at both places i was told there wasn't any falafel.
 

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Even here in America, I can't seem to find any Vegetarian places where I am, let alone Vegan. It just must be a cultural thing (especially with the rich) because in many societies Meat=Wealth.
 

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Rad14, what parts of Spain were you in? I've been along the south as a vegan, and had no trouble, even in a couple of small towns. I had to ask questions, of course, but didn't have to survive on salad. Had I eaten dairy, there were a myriad of options.<br><br>
I see people curse Spain's options often, but there are tons of veg places in most of the cities, egg dishes are ripe in Spanish cuisine..I'm sure I couldn't have been that lucky. One of my sisters traveled around as a vegetarian too, and was fine.<br><br>
<<<still trying to convince my other half that we should move to Spain.
 

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I grew up visiting Spain very regularly. I haven't been back as a vegetarian but I can think of places that would be accommodating to it even if the menu didn't have veggie options. You must have had bad luck. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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Jen, that's amazing you had such a plethora of options as a vegan. THe post-doc I work with is moving back to Spain and I'll most likely be visiting with a friend next year. THey way she talks makes it sound like we'll starve/eat only bland lettuce if we don't eat meat when there...
 

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Spent 2 weeks in South Spain cause father-in-law lives outside Malaga. I don't do restaurants, so lots of avocados from his garden, dirt cheap zuchinni. Then while in Malaga wife was craving seitan but we didn't know where to find wheat gluten. We're standing there, wondering if we should give up and go back to her Dad's house or what. I said, "for all I know this building we're standing in front of could be a health food store" (windows were all dusty with faded posters that made no sense to me (Wife actually speaks some Spanish fairly well) ). It was a HFS. LOL. you would had to have been there to know how funny this really was.<br>
Bought a big bag of wheat gluten and never ate that much seitan before or after.<br>
Don't want to go back, cause since we were there, he had more of his huge garden torn down with another house built on it. Would be sad to see.
 

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THey way she talks makes it sound like we'll starve/eat only bland lettuce if we don't eat meat when there...</div>
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That's all vegetarians eat anyway, right? ;-)
 

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AddieB, I've not been to a great deal of Spain, but after talking with one vegan-leaning veg friend who's been there for a semester, and my veg sister, I'm really just amazed that so many people have trouble.<br><br>
<<<just gets "bean much of a fan" har har har
 

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Rad14, what parts of Spain were you in? I've been along the south as a vegan, and had no trouble, even in a couple of small towns. I had to ask questions, of course, but didn't have to survive on salad. Had I eaten dairy, there were a myriad of options.<br><br>
I see people curse Spain's options often, but there are tons of veg places in most of the cities, egg dishes are ripe in Spanish cuisine..I'm sure I couldn't have been that lucky. One of my sisters traveled around as a vegetarian too, and was fine.<br><br>
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I was staying in Palma Nova, which is a resort in Majorca. Sorry, I should have said I was in the island of Majorca.<br>
Of course, as many have said here, eating in cities, in mainland Spain, (Barcelona), you obviously would find more choice, no doubt about that, but I was talking about holiday resorts on the Balearic Islands!!<br>
And it wasn't just Palma Nova. We toured around a bit: Santa Ponsa, Paguera, Magaluf, etc, but it was the same everywhere. I have also been to the other Islands over the years: Menorca, Ibiza and they are exactly the same.<br>
Geared towards omni tourists! Veggies don't stand much of a chance believe me.
 

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Ah, I can see that more I suppose. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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AddieB, I've not been to a great deal of Spain, but after talking with one vegan-leaning veg friend who's been there for a semester, and my veg sister, I'm really just amazed that so many people have trouble.<br><br>
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It's still good to hear. Like I said, the post-doc I work with cannot comprehend how I don't any animal products and my friend is vegetarian. I know she made eggs that she suggested I try (she thinks I just don't like them) and told me there was no meat on them. I laughed and asked her they why the meal had a tuna looking substance. She said it wasn't meat!! I actually makes me laugh, but I am a bit nervous about what to ear if we're actually over there...
 

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I am going to puerto rico next year and I dont know what it will be like there in terms of veg options. I have seen there are some veg restaurants dotted around. I think that if you are in a country which doesnt have a lot of vegetarian options the only thing you can do is go to the supermarket and buy bags of rice, lentils, vegetables, spices and cook them up and bring lunch with you in a plastic container, ie a sandwich, and perhaps have a picnic dinner somewhere instead of going to a restaurant.
 

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It's hard enough trying to find vegan food in restaurants where I live, let alone worrying about finding them if I go on holiday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 
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