Some weeks ago I was invited by the Coeliacs Association of Basque Country to take part in a meeting about Celiac Travellers. The objective was to share experiences and to encourage young celiac people to travel and to overcome their fears of following a gluten-free diet out of home.
It was an interesting meeting in which, from different points of view, we share the way we face celiac-disease when travelling around Spain or abroad. We were a young entrepreneur who has to spend some periods of time abroad, a professional sportsman diagnosed more than 30 years ago, a woman who has lived in different countries, a gluten-free travel agency and a person who likes to travel and does her best to cope with her gluten-free diet (me).
I focused my presentation on the resources I use when I have to prepare a trip. While preparing the presentation I realized that there are many of them available nowadays, mostly on the Internet, and I want to share them here:
• Celiacs societies: Celiacs Associatios of Spain
• To ask the embassy of the country we are going to for information about CS in that country.
• Some sites of interest if we decide to rent an apartment:
– http://www.housetrip.es/ (World)
– http://www.abritel.fr/ (France)
– http://www.gites-de-france.com/ (France)
• Spanish Travel Agency focused on GF people: Destinos Sin Gluten
• Internet websites:
– Searchers for GF shops, hotels or restaurants:
• Viajar Sin Gluten: a lot of gluten-free shops, bakeries, cafeterias, hotels and restaurants of Spain.
• Celiaquitos.com: guide of gluten-free restaurants of Spain and other countries with opinions.
• Celiaco a los 30: Maps of gluten-free shops, restaurants and bars with gluten-free beer.
• Allergychef: gluten and allergens free restaurants. At the moment only for the province of Barcelona.
• Restaurantes SinGluten: map of gluten-free restaurants of Spain.
• Glutenfree Roads: made by Schär, it contains gluten-free shops, hotels and restaurants of all over the world.
• GlutenFreeTravelSite: places all over the world.
• Specialgourmets restaurants for different allergies.
– Blogs about gluten-free travel experiences:
• Celiaquitos.com (Spanish)
• Celiaco a los 30 (Spanish)
• Caminar sin gluten (Spanish)
• Restaurantes singluten (Spanish)
• CeliacTravel.com (English)
• Gluten-freeGlobetrotter (English)
• Itsgottobeglutenfree (English)
• Glutenfree Traveller (English)
• SortirSans Gluten (French)
– Social Networks (Spanish language):
• Facebook: 500.000 establecimientos sin gluten
• Faceliac (DSG)
– Forums (Spanish language):
– Where to find celiac restaurant cards: