Please note: This article was first published on The Vegan Tourist and last updated November 4, 2013.
This is the last one of my articles about restaurants & (vegan) food shopping on the island of Menorca, Spain. I hesitated for a long time before I decided to publish this one last review. We didn’t spend much time in Ferreries, the fifth-largest town on the island, and our dining experience was quite disappointing. I keep thinking there must be better restaurant choices for vegans, and don’t want to portray the town unfairly. However, vegans really don’t seem to have many options in Ferreries; best to make plans to eat elsewhere.
Ferreries is located at the centre of the island, and it has the distinction of being the highest town on the island above sea level (142 metres). The only tourist attractions in town are the Museo de la Natura, and the church of Sant Bartomeu (located on Plaça de L’Eglésia), neither of which we visited.
We strolled through Plaça Espanya, which is basically the town centre, and while there were a couple of bars and cafes, the only restaurant in the vicinity was Restaurante Cala Galdana inside the Hotel Loar Ferreries.
The hotel is located at the corner of Carrer Reverend Pare Huguet & Avinguda Verge del Toro, at one of the corners of Plaça Espanya. Unfortunately, the restaurant’s menu – displayed outside – did not list a single vegan dish. Instead, we ended up at the hotel’s bar & cafeteria, where I was able to order the usual fare: a mixed salad and pa amb tomàquet, a version of pa amb oli (with crushed tomatoes).
The salad and toasted garlic & tomato bread were no better or worse than the many other salads and pa amb olis (or pa amb tomàquets) I had eaten before at various Menorcan restaurants. But I found it quite depressing that the only dining option available to a vegan tourist in Ferreries during the off-season at mid-day was a hotel cafeteria.
However, there was truly no other option. We walked around the town centre for about half an hour, and the bar & cafeteria at Hotel Loar Ferreries is where we finally ended up.
The hotel has a website with several photos, click on the “bar” tab, so you’ll know what to expect.
Address: Verge del Toro Avenue, 2, 07750 Ferreries, Menorca
Opening hours: “daily from the peak of dawn right through to the evening“ – that’s from their website
Phone: +34 – 971 – 37 30 30 (for the bar & restaurant)