Today I am delighted to bring you our first guest post from Jenny which is making me long to go back to the amazing city of Granada, and Malaga is pretty impressive too:
Well southern Spain may not be the first place you think of when considering where to go as a vegetarian coeliac but Andalusia is an absolute gem! I went earlier this year and had some of the best gluten free veggie food ever. We started off in Granada – the Alhambra has been on my list of must sees for years and I was not disappointed – we were there when all the roses were in full bloom and it was wonderful.
Eating in traditional Spanish restaurants could prove tricky but fortunately there is a café / restaurant called El Piano which sells only vegan gluten free food! It’s quite a low key kind of place with meals served in little bamboo boats – and seems popular with the locals who pop in for takeout. The staff were all incredibly friendly and a man came to play the piano every evening – we liked it so much we returned twice more.
Next stop was Cordoba in time for the Festival of the Patios. There aren’t any exclusively veggie places in Cordoba but Almaltea restaurant had a gluten free menu and a few veggie options which were delicious.
Seville was the third city we visited and we ate in Gaia vegetarian restaurant – it had gluten free meals marked on the menu – and although the paella was a little hard going the salads were gorgeous and again it seemed really popular with the locals. Huelva Ocho is a small bar which also serves gluten free veggie options. The gluten free bread served by the hotel in the morning was the best I’ve ever tasted and as they made me two baguettes each morning it doubled as lunch too!
After three cities we were ready for chilling out in the country and we headed to Alora. Fuegoblanco is a guest house run by Sarah and Kenneth, an English couple. Sarah is an excellent cook and specialises in vegetarian food and food allergies – as well as delicious breakfasts we also had evening meals made with fresh veggies from the garden. They were the sort of meals that made you want to lick your plate!
Alora is close to Malaga which is surprisingly nice for a wander. It also has several veggie places to eat. We opted for Canadu which is exclusively vegetarian with gluten free choices marked. It’s a bit pricier than the others but has tables overlooking a square which made for a great evening spent people watching and enjoying the meal outside.