This is how our journey began..
Airports are not the most vegan-friendly places that exist but this is changing slowly, too. After a smooth check-in at Helsinki Airport, we stopped by Uppercrust at T2, near the departure gates. They offer speciality coffees with plant-based milk options. I ordered a oat cappuccino, to-go in my reusable bamboo cup.
The onward flight from Helsinki (HEL) to Gran Canaria (LPA) was about 7hrs and late in the evening, so we decided it’s best to order an in-flight dinner. We usually don’t purchase anything on shorter flights.
This meal was pre-ordered (vegan option) when I booked the tickets with Norwegian Air. We got: Veggie Couscous – it was warm and well flavoured but not too filling and considering the price (11 €), not much. There was no bread or anything on the side – can’t expect much on a budget airline now. The reusable fork was mine, just a small tip to avoid plastic – don’t accept the one use cutlery given on flights.
Due to delays (first lockdown in Spain) on the return journey, we ended up staying in the Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria airports for over 10 hours in total. We survived off the snacks we were carrying: Clif energy bars, nuts, chips and biscuits. Gran Canaria airport had a place serving food near the departure gates with vegan options marked on the menu. We were starving by then so the fresh peas salad, orange juice and potato wedges tasted amazing.
*UPDATE!! We visited Fuerteventura again now in April 2022, check the post below for updated vegan food & restaurants in Fuerteventura!*
Below we list 8+ restaurants we dined at while in Fuerteventura!
35600 Puerto del Rosario, Las Palmas, Spain
The first stop for lunch upon our arrival at Fuerteventura: found this top-rated restaurant on HappyCow, located in the capital of Puerto del Rosario, about 15 minutes by car from the airport. We arrived there at 11AM when they were just opening. Ordered a tropical Mango -Papaya smoothie first and then chose our mains – Mango and Avocado Tartare plate and a ‘Fish and Chips’ plate. I must say that I ate dessert before the main course.
I was hungry while waiting and ordered the Almond- Choco tart that my eyes fell upon. I was so full with that plus the heavy smoothie that I could barely finish my mains, which included a big portion of sides- Nachos, hummus and salad. Took away some.
Delicias y Namaste is a colourful vegan restaurant serving organic food, The prices are high but it’s quality food and definitely worth trying out. Update: They have now become a delivery-only service!
Calle la Milagrosa, 29, 35660 Corralejo, Las Palmas, Spain
Quick stop for a brunch in a central square of Corralejo – you will find this small café run by dedicated people. Good place, good people and good vibes. We ordered coffee, smoothie bowls, hummus toast and sandwich of the day. They accept only cash, not cards, but we found this to be common in many places on the island.
Av. los Lagos, 42, Local 3, 35650 El Cotillo, Las Palmas, Spain
On our trip to the El Cotillo beach lagoons, we dropped by this small bio shop and vegan café for a bite. The oat milk latte was really good and then a delicious freshly made pumpkin pie – made my day. They have wraps and burgers plus a variety of desserts on the menu. Happy Cactus also serves vegan brunches. Would recommend this place for a healthy tasty meal!
Calle Almte. Nelson, 3, 35660 Corralejo, Las Palmas, Spain
We dined at this fully plant-based restaurant a couple of times while staying in Corralejo. The cuisine is varied – there’s Asian, Indian, Italian and Canarian dishes. It is run by two friendly women, who speak to you in Spanish (even if you do not understand :D). We went with the buffet option (a fixed price of around 15€, comparable to prices in Finland) and ate as much as we could.
One evening I went there for tiramisu, which was apparently the best in Fuerteventura. They also have an à la carte menu with many mouth-watering options to choose from. On another night we dropped in for wine and snacks. All wines are vegan, of course. The atmosphere is perfect for a wine and dine.
Update Oct 2020: We are very sad to hear that this restaurant had to close. There is a new one in it’s place where you can find a couple of vegan meals as per the owner’s update.
La Sombra, 35637 Betancuria, Las Palmas, Spain
This place is pretty much an oasis in the scenic little historic town of Betancuria, that’s the best way to describe it. It’s an open restaurant serving Beyond burgers surrounded by lush vegetation. They also serve non-vegan stuff but we ignore that part and sit down to enjoy some fast food. A kitty also joined me at the table.
Ordering food: The staff had an idea what was vegan so told us that there were two vegan burgers on the menu – the Beyond and a falafel burger, and that they didn’t have vegan cheese (at the moment?). So we ordered one of each, without any cheese. I don’t bother about cheese because it’s not healthy in any way and best to skip. My falafel burger was alright – crispy and a filling patty. Would recommend this place for the atmosphere and location.
6. Las tapas de Miguel
Calle Piragua, 5, 35625 Morro Jable, Las Palmas, Spain
On a beach day in Morro Jable, in the southern part of the island, we walked through a small area crowded with different restaurants in search of any vegan options for lunch. We finally settled here as they had a ‘vegeteriano’ section on the menu and the staff, some friendly Italians, told us that they could make any pizza. We ordered a Marinara and a cheeseless Veggie pizza. Both were very good, I especially liked the Marinara with extra garlic and a well-done crust.
7. Punta Elena Beach
Av. Corralejo Grandes Playas, 83, 35660 Corralejo, Las Palmas, Spain
The apartment we stayed at in Corralejo by the same name, had a nice restaurant serving continental food. Unfortunately most of it involved dragging poor little sea creatures out of the ocean. But we got a fresh and tasty fruit and nut salad along with Canarian Potatoes on the side – basically spiced boiled new potatoes, served with a paprika dip sauce. The staff seemed to know what the word ‘vegan’ meant, so that was nice. They also have a veggie burrito (made vegan without cheese). I don’t have photos of those as we ordered some drinks and quickly finished the food to move to the seaside pool bar. This restaurant and bar are also open to the public.
c. José Segura Torres, 14, 35660 Corralejo, Fuerteventura.
Yay! We finally checked out this place on our recent trip, when we stayed in Corralejo again for a few days. Yes, they were open this time and we made it there just in time for lunch. This is another lovely little family run spot in Corralejo by ‘Cantatore – The Vegan Family’.
We had outdoor seating in the sun and enjoyed their day’s special along with Vietnamese Roll and beverages. Their beverage menu is heavenly, tbh. Absolutely loved the Matcha (Samurai) and Black spiced tea (Chai). Wish I could try all the rest!
The day’s special plate was a fancy rice topped with vegetable paste and other good stuff. It’s best described as a ‘vertical poke’ with broccoli, peas, wakame and marinated vegan salmon. This was our favourite dish of the trip! I also tried the summer rice rolls (Vietnamese with vegan shrimp!). It was a huge roll with a couple of chunks of vegan shrimp and mango sweet chili sauce – did not disappoint. Prices were not exactly budget, but for this sort of flavourful, healthy colourful food – I’m willing to pay!
Baobab is located a bit away from the main crowded touristy restaurants and we would highly recommend dining here! They also send across an ethical message to everyone: ”whoever saves one life saves the whole world”.
Remember, every time we dine, we have the option to choose life and kindness over suffering and death. #vegan ✌️
That’s all for our vegan eats in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands. I would like to also add the following suggestions of places we did not dine at, but are worth checking out! We suggest reserving a table at these restaurants as they tend to be busy.
- El Invernadero Restaurante – a vegan dinner restaurant near the capital, with fixed menu. Farm to table experience. Camino Llanos Pelados, 4, C, Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura. Check out their food on Abillion, through this link.
- Sanus Fuerteventura – glutenfree restaurant with many vegan options at Calle Anzuelo 4 35660 Corralejo, Spain. Check out their food on Abillion, through this link.
- Bar y Cafeteria Terra – vegetarian lunch place at Pto. Del Rosario port. C. Guanchinerfe, 1, 35600 Puerto del Rosario, Las Palmas, Spain. Check out their food on Abillion, through this link.
If you have any questions about dining in Fuerteventura or other suggestions, let me know in comments!
Want to know about grocery shopping and vegan products in the Canary Islands? Check out this post.