Well it has taken me over 6 months to get round to writing up my gluten free Majorca guide! I need to get all my tips down on paper before our baby arrives next month :).
We had a brilliant break on this sunny Balearic island last June to recover from a few days partying at Glastonbury festival. Like many destinations in Spain, I found Majorca to be very coeliac friendly, with plenty of gluten free options to be discovered. This included a fully gluten free tapas restaurant in Palma and even gluten free McDonalds. I highly recommend it as a destination for a stress-free gluten free holiday. A bit of advance planning goes a long way, so read on for all my gluten free Majorca tips to get you started.
Gluten Free Majorca (Mallorca)
A general tip for gluten free travel in Spain – take a Spanish-language restaurant card if you are coeliac. Although many places speak excellent English and have allergens indicated on menus, it gave me extra piece of mind to be able to convey my dietary requirements fully. Especially given my limited Spanish language skills!
St Lorenzo Tapas
A 100% gluten free restaurant in Palma! They serve quite a variety here, including gluten free tapas, pizza, pasta and epic desserts. A must visit for any coeliacs passing through Palma.
A little local restaurant on the South side of the island that my husband found based on good reviews. It turned out their entire menu was marked up to show the gluten free options and there was a lot for me to choose from. We had brilliant paella (with huuuge mussles) and the freshest seafood.
In Llucmajor. We had a fabulous tapas meal at this small town restaurant and they were absolutely brilliant at catering for me as a coeliac. They knew about using a separate fryer, that soy sauce has gluten, etc, and they had gluten free bread for me. A few options were simply adapted to make them gluten free and they created a gluten free version of the chicken strip tapas so I could eat them. They also have delicious albarino wine here and the meal was very reasonably price. It’s worth going a little out of your way to try this place.
In charming Port Soller. Seafood spaghetti made with gluten free pasta at this waterside restaurant in pretty Port Soller. The staff here were really helpful for gluten free and confirmed that most of the seafood and meat dishes were gluten free too.
Ca Na Marola
In S’Estanyol de Migjorn. This restaurant was full of locals when we visited and it serves up Majorcan specialities, like this variation on paella. Staff were very helpful with gluten free.
Cala d’Or. We didn’t try this ourselves but it was recommended to me as a good spot for gluen free paella and ribs.
Brace yourselves…Burger King in Spain now offer gluten free hamburgers and cheeseburgers! I watched them really closely while they made it (as I am Queen of Paranoid Coeliacs) – they changed gloves, cleaned the surfaces down and then laid a special piece of grease proof paper for the gluten free food preparation. The bun came from a sealed packed and was then heated in the microwave on a fresh piece of paper. It tasted pretty good and what an exciting discovery!
the gluten free fast food forerunner in Spain, McDonalds can offer most of their burgers with gluten free buns now – I had a BIG MAC (for the first time in two decades)! Plus their fries are gluten free too. They have an entirely separate gluten free preparation area and are very stringent about avoiding cross-contamination.
An important side note before I detail gluten free Majorca supermarket choices. Ruffles jamon flavour crisps are gluten free and are THES BEST CRISPS EVER. Go on, grab a bag, I dare you. 🙂
A supermarket with stores across Majorca (and other parts of Spain). We found loads of gluten free (and lots of lactose free) food stuffs here, including bread, brioche buns, cookies, cakes, beer, pasta, pizza, crackers and flour. There was no dedicated section for gluten free items so you have to hunt around a bit – keep your eyes peeled for the “sin gluten” on the packaging.
This supermarket outside Palma has an ENOURMOUS gluten free section and I was overwhelmed by all the products on offer. Definitely worth checking out if you are holidaying in Majorca as it is so close from the airport. They really have everything you could need, from all the regular gluten free stuff to gluten free doughnuts, chocolate palmiers, churros, fresh pasta, ice cream sandwiches and a massive selection of gluten free beers.
We stayed at the fantastic Bennoc Petit Hotel. They catered wonderfully for gluten free and even knew to toast the bread separately without me having to specify (cries of “but of course! Not touching is important” were very reassuring :)).
Other Majorca Travel Tips
Some places on Majorca we really loved:
Palma – the Majorcan capital city is gorgeous and makes for a dreamy evening outing (it can be hotttt during the daytime). Be sure to visit the 100% gluten free restaurant while you are there!
The beautiful beach at Cala d’Or. It’s popular but the water is beeeautiful and you can laze on the soft sand.
Port de Soller – an elegant town on the North coast where you can oogle the fancy boats and have a slap up seafood lunch on the quayside. The little marina is beautiful, surrounded by mountains with a pretty sandy band and calm, clear waters.
Jardines de Alfabia – pretty botanical gardens on the road up to Port Soller. These cool gardens make for a lovely lunchtime pitstop and kids would love exploring the nooks and crannies (as well as running the fountain pathway gaunlet…if you know, you know).
Soller – an enchanting town in the hills and a perfect place for exploring. There were a few gluten free-marked menus here too, which I spotted as we ambled around the cobbled streets.
Not settled on Majorca yet? Well check out my other gluten free Spain and European travel guides for more holiday inspiration:
- Menorca Gluten Free Guide
- Barcelona Gluten Free Guide
- Cote d’Azur Gluten Free Guide
- Turin Gluten Free Guide