Malaga has been a popular holiday destination for decades: boasting beautiful coastline lined with sandy beaches, interesting culture for the more curious travellers and of course some of Spain’s most delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Thanks to its coastal location and balmy climate, visitors are treated to the country’s finest ingredients, from fresh seafood to seasonal fruit and vegetables – not to mention scrumptious staples like handmade pasta and homemade bread. The choices on offer are just as exciting as ever!
Travelling with coeliac disease can be limiting in terms of dining out. However, if you’re on the hunt for foodie haven complete with stunning scenery and some cultural hotspots, Malaga is the place to go. The vibrant city is now full of gluten-free options which means you can forget about reading the small print on the menu and just lose yourself in the delicious flavours and Spanish sea air.
Here are my favourite gluten-free restaurants in the city.
I couldn’t start a foodie’s guide to Malaga without mentioning this little eatery. Painted in a pretty baby blue with a seaside setting, Oleaje is 100% gluten-free, which means you’ll get to peruse everything on the menu at your leisure – and with all this variety, you’ll want to browse.
Everything is reasonably priced and you’ll be able to choose from delicious sharing plates featuring tasty Spanish ham and chicken croquettes, or for something lighter go for a fresh salad or grilled fish.
Foodies looking for a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine have to visit this family-owned establishment, which specialises in fish and seafood. However, this is the local way of cooking fish, so expect perfectly fried pieces of pescaito frito – yes, all gluten-free! You’ll even be able to wash it down with a cold glass of gluten-free beer. Nothing says holiday quite like this.
Pizzeria & Ristorante Gianni
Pizza and pasta may be off the menu most of the time back home, but here in Malaga, everyone can enjoy the comforting combinations of freshly made dough and rich tomato sauce. Just a short stroll from the beach, this traditional Italian restaurant is perfect for a late lunch after a day of exploring. All gluten-free options are marked clearly, and there’s a great variety of pizza and pasta options as well as refreshing salads and even a tiramisu!
El Vegetariano de la Alcazabilla
Traditional local dishes might be meat and fish heavy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good vegetarian meal. This quirky little spot in the heart of the city boasts a lively atmosphere and lovely terrace, perfect for people watching in the early evening. This is a must-visit for foodies, with options such as grilled mushrooms with hummus and vegetarian paella.
El Pastelero Real
Gluten-free desserts often consist of fruit and yoghurt – hardly an indulgence to satisfy your sweet-tooth! Well, not in this hidden gem of a pastry shop serving up speciality gluten- and lactose-free pastries, cakes and bread. Swing by Pastelero Real in the afternoon to pick up a couple of their home-baked cupcakes or a slice of their scrumptious carrot cake goes perfectly with a mid-morning coffee.
If cake isn’t your thing, make your way to Yummy Helados where you’ll find the perfect pick-me-up for a hot afternoon. Not only will you find a shady refuge, but this gelateria offers some for the best ice cream in the city. From fruity flavours like forest fruits to the more indulgent kinder bueno, there is something for everyone here.
Where to Stay
Cortijo Amaya – This renovated Andalusian country house is perfect for couples looking for a little bit of luxury. All rooms offer air-conditioning, a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi access. Onsite you’ll find an outdoor pool, tennis court and a number of terraces. The beach is only a short 15-minute walk away.
Capri 403 – These bright, airy apartments are perfect for those looking for a home-away-from-home. Just a few minutes from the best beaches, this accommodation provides Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, a swimming pool and a spacious garden. Guests also have access to a kitchen complete with dishwasher and washing machine.
How to Get There
Flights from the UK to Malaga Airport are quick and affordable, with a number of times available throughout the year. You’ll be in sunny Spain in less than 3 hours, and following this,the best option is to take a pre-booked shuttle service to your accommodation so you can get stuck in (and tuck in) as soon as you arrive.
- UK to AGP Flight Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
- AGP to Malaga Distance: 33 kilometres
- Shuttle Direct Transfer Time: 29 minutes
Now that you’ve got all the important information to hand and your mouth is watering, all that’s left is to book that summer getaway. A gluten-free gastronomic adventure awaits!
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