If you are vegetarian or vegan, finding a good place to eat can sometimes be a concern when you are visiting somewhere new; however, don’t worry, you’re covered here in Salobreña.
As an added bonus, Granada is one of the last provinces in the South of Spain that still gives you a free tapa with your cold drink; all the more reason for visiting Salobreña.
Although there are no dedicated vegetarian/vegan restaurants in the town, there are plenty of places with a choice to suit your needs, from Tapas to Italian; Salobrena has something for all. I’ve lived in the town since December 2020 and as a vegetarian and vegan couple, here are our favourites:
Down by the beach
Chiringuito El Campano
The Chiringuito is situated right on the beach and has a great informal feel whilst enjoying your free tapa. Let Miguel know your needs and he always has a tapas option for you; we’ve enjoyed the following free tapas over the last 5 months: tomato salad, squash in paprika, Spanish omelette or artichokes. From the main menu, you can enjoy a variety of salads, omelettes, fried aubergine with sugarcane ‘honey’; grilled vegetables and of course fries. Link here.
With a chilled out ambience and relaxed indoor and outdoor setting, there is a large menu available. The vegetarian pizza is one of the best we have eaten in the town and you can enjoy a great view of the sea whilst you enjoy it. Also on the menu (but I haven’t personally tried yet) are: mushroom croquettes, aubergines with honey, a variety of salads, grilled vegetables, pasta, a vegetarian burger and apparently a vegetarian paella. Link here.
Chiringuito La Charca
This is our favourite beach bar/restaurant because the staff are so helpful. We’ve been several times and the head waiter always remembers that we don’t eat meat. Free tapas includes: salmorejo (without the ham & egg topping) and tasty salads. On the main menu there is a vegetarian moussaka and a range of fabulous salads including the spinach and goats cheese option or the Tropical Salad (with all the locally grown fruit). Link here.
In the Casco Antiguo (The Old Town)
This is on our list as a place to go for somewhere a bit special; at the highest point of the old town, the restaurant has an outside terrace overlooking the sea, La Caleta de Salobrena and the old sugarcane refinery.
Tempting items on the menu include: The Sultan Salad (which can be made vegetarian), the Burrata Salad (Vegetarian and can be made Vegan), the Lebanese Delicacy (Vegan), Croquettes and Patatas Bravas and even a vegetarian burger option. For dessert there is a soya millefeuille. Worth the visit if you want somewhere memorable for your visit, but you need to book a table. Link here.
Situated in the main square of the old town under the church, this is a beautiful spot to sit out on the patio to have a drink with tapas or eat from the menu. We’ve only ever had drinks, but we have enjoyed tapas of spanish omelette, salad and some great tempura vegetable skewers. Link here.
In the lower town
This is always a great place to go for Italian and a selection of vegetarian pizza and pasta options. It has a beautiful terrace covered in wisteria, which makes a shady place to sit on a hot day. The street is also pedestrianised, so it’s fairly quiet.
Enjoy free tapas with drinks, which is normally a slice of spanish omelette with extra salad. We love the asparagus lasagne, vegetarian pizza and salads here.
There are a number of Pasta/Pizza places in town but this (& La Bahia on the beach) are our favourites.