Coping With Gluten Intolerance On A European Road Trip

Experiencing the beauty of Europe by road, in the comfort of your own car, has never been easier! You can hop onto the Eurotunnel in Folkestone and within half an hour (traffic dependent of course) you will find yourself in Calais. However, if you are gluten intolerant the idea of this may be a little daunting – what will you eat in destinations that love bread and pastries? Take a look at Gluten-Free Roads they can help you find shops, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels that’ll provide you with delicious gluten-free foods.


First Folkestone; here you can have a tasty meal in a restaurant and stock up on supermarket snacks for the journey – all gluten-free. Next, jump on the Eurotunnel and in a blink of an eye you’ll arrive in a pretty village near Calais where your exploring can really begin! Here you will be able to find one of Calais’ best kept secrets; a stunning sandy beach to relax and sunbathe on lapped at by cool, clear water that you can paddle in. Or, if you aren’t the sunbathing type there are plenty of things to see and do in Calais; the Flemish Renaissance-style town hall, 19th Century lighthouse, the medieval Place D’Armes and the Fine Art Museum, featuring work by Rodin, Picasso and Dubuffet.

Once back on the road you can head into the handsome city of Lille where you can discover stunning architecture, shop at local markets and enjoy the hustle and bustle of this beautiful city. Here you will be able to find an abundance of hotels and restaurants that will cater to your needs. If you can’t speak French head to Gluten-Free Roads where you can print off the details of gluten intolerance in French, German and other languages; this way you can hand it over to your waiter to ensure they know your needs.

After a good night’s sleep you can get back on the road and head into Germany. First stop Bruges; also known as ‘the Venice of the North’ this beautiful city is full of canal-lined streets and stunning architecture just waiting to be discovered. You can explore museums, some of Europe’s finest surviving medieval buildings, treasured statues and much more. After Bruges and depending on how long you have, you can drive onto Brussels, the Netherlands, Austria and many other delightful destinations! Or, if you’re heading home take the coastal road back to the Eurotunnel, stopping off at places like Dunkirk and explore where the famous evacuation of French and British troops took place in WWII.

Wherever you go on your road trip, rest assured, there is a wealth of gluten-free foods available in restaurants, shops and hotels along the way!

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