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Spain is the most popular foreign destination for British tourists so finding places to eat here is possibly more important than anywhere else! These tips and suggestions should really help you when you visit the country.

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Molys Creperia
Los Christianos, Tenerife View On Map
The waitress is very friendly and the glutenfree pancakes ( not so easy to eat glutenfree pancakes in restaurants) are delicious.
Recommended By: Bart Noels On: 2012-10-28

Los Gigantes, Tenerife View On Map
In Los Gigantes you have Mirandas. Nando (the boss) his grandchild has also coeliac, Here you can ask what ever you want, the make it for you. Really nice over there.
Recommended By: Bart Noels On: 2012-10-28

2 Locations, Madrid View On Map
I've been to Pizzasana a couple of times and it never ceases to amaze me how late the people of Madrid have their lunch. Pizzasana as the name suggests is a pizza place and rather unusually they offer a variety of different dough to their customers: wheat flour, organic wholemeal, gluten free and lactose free. Pizza for everyone! The first time I read their menu I was slightly concerned as to how things went on behind the scenes, but this is Spain and the Spanish Coeliac Society (FACE) are very big on educating restaurants on kitchen related cross contamination issues. This effectively means that they want to make sure that none of the coeliacs who eat here will get glutened.

We chose starters so that I would be able to try both. For the main course we deliberately chose a gluten and a gluten free pizza margarita so that Mr G could do taste comparison. Plus it is interesting to see how pizzas which have the same topping are presented. This is what we ordered: GF Nachos, GF Chicken salad with apple and pesto, GF Margharita pizza, Gluten Margharita pizza.

I'm not sure what the difference is between the gluten free nachos and normal nachos is. Essentially they look the same. None the less it does show that sometimes even the most obvious things can be unsuitable for us. When the pizzas came they looked the same, presented on wicker plates (mine was white) with paper doillies. The gluten free pizza came with a little "sin gluten" flag, so it was obvious which was which. On first inspection they looked exactly the same and according to Mr G they tasted pretty similar. The only obvious distinction we could find was that the gluten free pizza was slightly brittle on the underside. Also after I had finished eating mine I had lots of crumbs on my plate where as Mr G's pizza held together and he had no crumbs. Would I go back? Absolutely.
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2012-10-05

Taberna Giron
Candelaria, Tenerife View On Map
Off the beaten track, away from the resorts, but well worth the trip. High quality food, cooked perfectly at a reasonable price. Recommended by celiacostenerife.com. Steak and pork lovely, with good selection of seafood dishes too.
Recommended By: Alan Shearer On: 2012-09-21

Hotel Reina Petronila
Zaragoza, Aragon View On Map
In my usual fashion, after deciding on the hotel, I emailed the hotel to ask if they would be able to provide gluten free items for breakfast. Sadly I received no response. I decided not to worry myself and mentally prepared myself to pick up some bread from a local supermarket once in Zaragoza. However I was more than surprised when we arrived at the Hotel Reina Petronila that staff confirmed that they had "plenty for the coeliacs" at breakfast. "Ok" I thought to myself, strange phrasing. I then promptly went for a wander in the Argonia Shopping centre where had a reasonable sized Mercadona (note in Mercadonas the gluten free food is mixed in with normal food; gf bread is with bread, gf cake is with cake etc) and bought some back up bread for breakfast the next morning.

Well breakfast was a surprise. They had a whole section labelled sin gluten! I was utterly shocked and little hyper at the prospect of all the things that I could get a sugar rush off! If we are being brutally honest, the whole joy of a hotel breakfast is having a choice of things to try and I have to say the Hotel Reina Petronila delivered! Not only did I have bread, I had muffins, cakes, biscuits absolutely lots to choose from. It was amazing. I only wish more hotels could be like this. Most importantly the bakery products, although kept open, were kept on the other side of the room from the gluten bakery breads. There was a very minimal chance of cross contamination because of the level of segregation.

I don't know why but one of my strangest habits when going to hotels is looking at their room service menu. I have no idea what I expect to find but I just like looking at the things I wouldn't choose even if I were not a coeliac. If nothing else I think it would be fun one day to compare a standard room service menu item from various hotels around the world just to see how much local tastes would influence it. But, I digress. I was more than surprised to note that in the Hotel Reina Petronila they had a note on the last line of the menu which stated that: gluten free bread was available as well as gluten free beer. I have to say I was very impressed with this as I have never ever seen gluten free bread available on a room service menu. I don't drink so I wasn't interested in the beer, but I still thought wow!

Another night, we went to the hotel bar (which is also a very popular cafe) to watch the football and once again were surprised to see that they offered gf bread and gf beer. The gf bread was a baguette style bread that had previously been frozen. Sadly I had left my camera in my room so no photo. However the bread, was crunchy on the outside and very soft on the inside.

All in all staying at the Hotel Reina Petronila was a fantastic experience and highly recommended.
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2012-07-26

Heladeria Tortosa
Zaragoza, Aragon View On Map
Walking down a relatively deserted street on a baking hot afternoon, you know the type where anyone with any sense would be asleep, we began our search for Heladeria Tortosa.

Looking around it was like being in a coeliac dream world, every ice cream was labelled with a crossed grain symbol to indicate its suitability for coeliacs; the ones that were unlabelled were the type that I would avoid anyway: cookies and cream, doughnut etc. Honestly, there was so much to choose from. Then MrG pointed up at the board (I was still too busy trying to decide what ice cream I would have) "Look" he said "barquillos sin gluten!" Well I don't think I can remember the last time I had an ice cream in a cone, it must have before coeliac disease.

When it was our turn, we mentioned the ice cream we wanted with the barquillo sin gluten, now here is the amazing bit. The woman nodded her head, picked up the ice cream scoop and a spatula went and washed them and her hands. Then she cleared the first bit of the ice cream we wanted with the spatula, and then scooped the ice cream. Wow. I wish more places could be so cross contamination aware. Normally when you even suggest to places that maybe they'd like to clean the ice cream scooper they think you mean a dip in the communal bucket thing. I'm pretty gun-ho when it comes to ice cream but if anything this experience made me realise how open to cross contamination ice cream is and if anything that I should be more careful! Top marks to Heladeria Tortosa. The ice cream cones were kept wrapped up and apart from the normal cones and they are the ones that can be bought in El Corte Ingles.

The ice cream was fantastic. Not only was it obviously cooling (remember it was 40 degrees at the time), it tasted amazing. The flavours really came through and it reminded me that good ice cream can be so much nicer than cake. Naturally we went back more than once, all in the name of research. I can confirm that each time we went back we were served by different people and each time each member of staff went through the same precautions before serving up the gluten free cone. How wonderful is that?
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2012-07-26

La Antilla
Zaragoza, Aragon View On Map
When I looked up places to eat in Zaragoza, Bar Antilla's name kept on coming up. What wasn't clear what the deal was with the place, was it a bar? Was it a Prets style sandwich place? The truth is it is somewhere between the two. It looks and feels like a bar, but the menu is strictly bocadillos (so slightly like Prets) but the sandwiches are made to order (so not at all like Prets).

When you go in there is a list of fillings on the wall, and again so outward signage of gluten free anything, so we went through asking and they replied with a loud "of course" and then went off and brought back the "menu para celiacos" and then another menu in English and then explained on the English menu what could be made gluten free. Frankly we could not have got a warmer welcome.

I chose to have the strangest sandwich filling ever here: lettuce, tomato, white asparagus, hard boiled egg and anchovie. I could imagine it in a salad for what ever reason I felt and to an extent still do feel that it is a strange sandwich combination BUT I'll put my hands up and say it works. In fact I'd go far as to say it tastes really nice. The bread was a good baguette. I find it quite strange that the Spanish seem to have mastered the art of making good gluten free baguettes and yet the UK seems so far behind..meh! Anyway I enjoyed my bocadillo. Again another strange experience of walking in off the street and ordering a gluten free sandwich without phoning ahead and without any drama!
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2012-07-26

Todos Celiacos
, Zaragoza View On Map
If you do by any chance make it to Zaragoza you absolutely must make the effort to visit Todos Celiacos, totally coeliac edible shop aka a must visit! This shop is crammed with various pre-packaged gluten free items but also lots of fresh items made locally such as fresh croissants, doughnuts and cakes. We got here just before they closed up for lunch and managed to purchase some fresh dark chocolate doughnuts. The doughnuts were absolutely amazing, really fresh smelling, dense dark chocolate and left me wanting more
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2012-07-26

, Chain View On Map
Wandering into the Arragonia shopping centre I was more than surprised to see a branch of Frutolandia and then doubly surprised to see them proudly displaying a sign saying "sandwiches apptos para celiacos". That was dinner sorted there and then! Sometimes, when you are coeliac, the smallest things can make the biggest difference for example to be able to have a sandwich in public, without telephoning and confirming in writing. Wow, the simplest things can provide such pleasures!

The menu for gluten free sandwiches was smaller than the normal list of sandwiches but there was still quite a bit to choose from. I opted for a pollo y manzana (chicken and apple) sandwich and had no idea of what it would be like. The kitchen at Frutolandia was open plan and it was great to see the staff member wash her hands, get separate equipment out before making my sandwich. My sandwich arrived, a totally different shape of bread from MrG's gluten sandwich. Both breads had been toasted, but his looked as if it had been toasted in a panni maker whereas mine looked as if it had been toasted on a different maker or in a pan. My sandwich held together while eating and tasted good. It was filling and the combination worked. If I hadn't had such a long list of places to try in Zaragoza I would have happily gone back for another sandwich.

The other must have in Frutolandia is their smoothies. Forget fresh smoothies in the UK made from frozen or unripe fruit. The fruit quality in Spain is amazing and as such it means that the fresh smoothies are fantastic. We did go back more than once for the smoothies.
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2012-07-26

Mario's Steak House and Restaurant
Adeje, Tenerife View On Map
During the course of a week, I ate in this restaurant twice due to its good food and excellent service. The waiters are all friendly and jovial while the menu is quite broad. Upon showing the waiter my card explaining what I couldn't eat in Spanish, he asked me what I would like from the menu and if he was not sure if I could have it, he would check with the chef. Both times I ate here, I had chicken, which was delicious. The fish was priced a little higher so I refrained from ordering it. The portion sizes of the starters are very large; it might be a good idea not to finish them! Overall, I found this to be a lovely restaurant to eat in and they even gave us a free dessert each the second time we visited. Highly recommended.
Recommended By: @SineadFoy / portaltothepages.wordpress.com On: 2012-06-18

Moli's Restaurant
Playa de las Americas, Tenerife View On Map
This was an average restaurant to eat in. I was not astounded by the food, although the waiter was helpful with the menu. I ordered the grilled sole but found it to be a little dry/overdone. My (non-coeliac) friends ordered chicken in various sauces while another ordered scampi. These looked more appetizing than my order, however I cannot fault the restaurant as a whole.
Recommended By: @SineadFoy / portaltothepages.wordpress.com On: 2012-06-18

Chaplin's Restaurant
Adeje, Tenerife View On Map
Ate here twice for dinner due to their offer of a three course meal for 7.95€. The selection of food was very broad, bar desserts. Portion sizes were larger than expected and some of us failed to clear our plates despite the food being delicious. The service was impeccable, some of the nicest people I've ever met. I would suggest the potato skins with garlic sauce as a starter. They also provide a cheap breakfast but I didn't order it myself as the gluten free selection seemed limited. Overall, highly recommended.
Recommended By: @SineadFoy / portaltothepages.wordpress.com On: 2012-06-16

Mamma's Pizzeria
Avenida de Europa, Tenerife View On Map
Despite the name, this restaurant has a fair selection of food aside from their pizzas (which are not gluten free). I had a card with me explaining what I couldn't eat in Spanish, which the owner/waitress understood perfectly. I felt very confident in ordering a dish in a sauce, which I would not normally do. However, despite the fact that it was gluten free, it tasted quite bland and the sauce was very watery; more like a stock than a sauce. It also came with potatoes and veg, which is not to my liking on holidays. If you like a traditional dinner while abroad, I would recommend this restaurant. Otherwise, I'm sure you can find nicer places nearby.
Recommended By: @SineadFoy / portaltothepages.wordpress.com On: 2012-06-16

La Veccia Roma
Denia, Alicante View On Map
We recently returned from Denia, Alicante and were looking for an Italian restaurant that made gluten free pizzas and someone recommended La Veccia Roma. It did not disappoint. The service was brilliant-they could not do enough for us and they were willing to make me almost anything on the menu as everything is made fresh. The pizzas were excellent and the pasta was great. The owner, Giampaolo, is very proud of his food and the experience. Its very cosy. Food is very good quality and the whole evening for us was just fab.
Recommended By: Alex and Lola On: 2012-04-24

El Andaluz
Corralejo, Fuerteventura View On Map
We recently returned from Corralejo and had booked in here as it was the most recommended restaurant on trip advisor. It did not disappoint. The service was brilliant-they could not do enough for us (I have a gluten allergy and they were willing to make me almost anything on the menu as everything is made fresh). The staff, I think, are proud of their food and the experience. Its very cosy-depending on your table you could feel sat too close to the next table so I would advise if you like more privacy to pop in and book one of the tables in the window. Food is very good quality and the whole evening for us was just fab.
Recommended By: Revvie23 On: 2012-03-23

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Telepizza has branches throughout Spain and with the help of the proactive national Spanish coeliac society (FACE) they brought in gluten free pizzas throughout Spain!!! Yes you read that correctly. Gluten free pizza in public!

One of my most favourite experiences while in Bilbao was randomly walking down a street and finding a branch of Telepizza. Excited doesn't even begin to describe my reaction. Now what was not apparent on the menu (in fact it was not listed anywhere in the shop) but Telepizza does gluten free pizza. A conversation followed with a 15 year old and more of my very limited Spanish and we were able to gather that they had 4 types of gluten free pizza (4 cheese, cheese and bacon, barbeque and carbonara) and it would take them ten minutes to cook them, but most importantly they were available! As we had just had lunch, we went back in the evening and then were faced with another 15 year old server who did not bat an eyelid when we asked for the gluten free pizza. The best bit the pizza cost exactly the same as the gluten pizza and it was part of a buy one get one free meal. Fantastic.

The pizza arrived in a silver container, it was pretty much the same size as the gluten containing pizza maybe a couple of millimetres smaller. Mine had not been cut but who has objections to cutting your own pizza if it cuts out cross contamination? The base was slightly thinner than the normal pizza but it tasted so good. It was stretchy and soft. It just tasted so good and so real. The toppings were generous and that's all there is to say it was the best gluten free pizza that I've had.
Recommended By: @itsgottobegf / itsgottobeglutenfree.wordpress.com On: 2012-03-09

Hotel Miro
Bilbao, Basque Country View On Map
We stayed at the Hotel Miro on Alameda Mazarredo, 77 which is opposite the Guggenheim museum and within easy walking distance of Bilbao's shops, restaurants and the Old Town. This hotel is part of the Design Hotels group which are a group of independent boutique hotels. Hotel Miro is a stylish, modern hotel which offers free wifi both in your room and throughout the hotel and even a free bar to guests. Which seemed like a very dangerous proposition, for the hotel at least!

In advance of our trip, I'd contacted the hotel about gluten free dining options. They confirmed they would have gluten free food available at breakfast for me. When I arrived at breakfast I spoke to waitress and she brought me a gluten free baguette, freshly warmed. It tasted absolutely amazing with its crispy outside and light bread texture inside. It was especially delicious with some jamon serrano. So good in fact it was hard to believe it really was gluten free. Perhaps I wasn't the first to wonder this since I was presented the gluten free bread in its packaging!
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeMrsD / glutenfreemrsd.com On: 2012-03-06

Zortziko Restaurant
Bilbao, Basque Country View On Map
Although our trip to Bilbao was only booked a couple of days before we left, I still had enough time to research gluten free dining options. I used the incredibly useful Madrid Coeliac Society website (key pages are in English) and printed from there a list of restaurants it recommended in Bilbao. The link will take you to search for restaurants throughout Spain. We then cross referenced this list with our Bilbao guidebook and a map. It was very fortunate that the restaurant I liked the look of most happened to be close to our hotel. The website for Daniel Garcia's Michelin starred Zortziko restaurant even noted that they catered for Coeliacs. We asked the hotel to call and make a reservation and they advised the restaurant that I was Coeliac at the time of booking.

I was provided with the menu which focuses on Basque specialties and the waiter explained which dishes could be made gluten free. The tasting menu looked very exciting but I thought this would be challenge too far to make the adjustments for the dishes to be gluten free and the options on the main menu all looked very appetising. This was approximately half of the starters and he said all of the main course fish and meat could be prepared gluten free. Of course, the waiter said, the alterations might mean you can't have the sauce or perhaps an ingredient should be omitted but I was to let him know what I'd like to eat and he'd discuss it with the chef and advise what the substitutions would be. The waiter said any fish would be grilled or baked (not fried) for me. The service throughout the meal was attentive and our waiter spoke excellent English which helped when discussing the ingredients in each of the dishes and the adjustments to make them gluten free. The waiter brought me this gluten free bread. I can honestly say this bread was amazing. Whilst the middle didn't have the same light as a feather texture of a French baguette, the outside was crunchy and just like the regular, gluten filled version.
Recommended By: @GlutenFreeMrsD / glutenfreemrsd.com On: 2012-03-06

Altzatenea Restaurante
Zugarramurdi, Navarre View On Map
In Zugarramurdi, we had a fantastic, big Basque lunch at the Altzatenea Restaurante. The staff spoke Spanish, Basque, French and English and the food was delicious and almost all naturally gluten free. Plus, the staff understood about gluten free. For example, they knew to tell us right away that the oil was only used for cooking french fries. Meats, seafood, and vegetables were all mainly grilled and simply seasoned. For dessert, the adults had a lovely plate of cheese, walnuts and quince paste and the kids had ice cream (all gluten free).
Recommended By: @GFKidsTravel / glutenfreekidstravel.com On: 2011-11-09

, Chain View On Map
In the midst of updating my gluten free research, I ran across the exciting news that all McDonald's restaurants in Spain now offer gluten free buns on request.

This is according to the Spanish celiac website "Infoceliaquía." The website is entirely in Spanish, but click through to an English translation here, which also includes the original press release from McDonald's. Importantly, this introduction of gf bread is being carried out in collaboration with the well-respected Spanish Federation of Celiac Associations (FACE).

The availability of gluten free bread in several big fast food chains in Scandinavia was already a boon to celiacs. Now celiacs in Spain can also be assured of a quick meal on the fly. It may not be healthy, but this is a real win opening up many options for those traveling with young gluten free kids.
Recommended By: glutenfreekidstravel.com On: 2011-06-08