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{"id":850492391471,"title":"A Four-Day Tour of Gluten Free Croatia","handle":"a-four-day-tour-of-gluten-free-croatia","description":"\u003ch1\u003eby Francesca Piazza\u003c\/h1\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eCroatia isn’t typically a country that comes to mind when you think about gluten-free travel. Travel is the last thing that comes to mind for those with Celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance. Admittedly, I was terrified to spend a week sailing around the beautiful islands of this country with friends last summer! Unfortunately, my top concern before the trip of a lifetime wasn't how many swimsuits I could pack, but rather how many snacks I could fit in my bag lest I be unable to find any “safe” food. However, I am happy to report that by the end of the week I was saying, “Hvala!” (“Thank you” in Croatian) to so many wonderful people and places who took my dietary restrictions seriously and served me some fantastic gluten-free food.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFollowing my vacation week, I loved the country so much that I secured myself a position as a private chef with a sailing company and explored Croatia’s islands for the remainder of the summer. This experience helped me become an expert of the hidden gluten-free gems, on this breathtaking coast. Here’s an itinerary of a few of my favorite restaurants and attractions that I'm very excited to share with you!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhat type of cuisine can you expect to find on the Dalmatian coast? Each region of Croatia offers its own unique traditions and foods, but the three-day tour I’m about to take you on is all located on the Adriatic hugging coast of the Dalmatia region. The dishes in this area are traditionally Mediterranean, centered around fish, greens, olive oil, some meats and sausages, and spices such as garlic, rosemary, and parsley. The coast is known for its amazing seafood, especially grilled octopus and Crni Rizot or Squid Risotto. Squid ink is used to turn the rice black. Most dishes come served with a mysterious, yet delicious red sauce, called Ajvar. Every place has their way of making it, but it’s primarily roasted peppers with tomatoes and or, eggplant with oil and spices. Lastly, it is also entirely possible to eat a plant-based diet around Croatia as well since most of the food is made from local fresh ingredients. I’ve even added a couple of my favorite vegetarian spots below. Let’s get going!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDay 1: Start Your Journey in Split\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003eYou can either fly directly into this coastal city or take a train from many nearby towns. I suggest you stay as close as possible to Diocletian’s Palace. This giant complex spans almost 30,000 square meters, and it houses some of the best shops, restaurants, and cafes the city has to offer. During the day, the area is bustling with street vendors selling everything from fresh fruit, to fish caught that morning, to homemade grappa (a cordial similar to wine). Take some time to walk around to find the old ladies in the fruit market to get some of the best figs you’ve ever tasted in your life. Stroll down the Riva on the south facade of the palace that hugs the marina as it’s the ideal place to have a coffee or enjoy the sea breeze over drinks with friends at night.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFavorite restaurants in Split\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e1. Kanoba Matoni - a beautiful restaurant for a lovely dinner. Off the beaten path, but worth it. They have an extensive gluten-free menu, and it feels like you’re having dinner in a private wine cellar. Excellent wine selection, many imaginative vegan dishes, and a chocolate cake that I couldn’t eat without making yummy noises.\u003cbr\u003e2. Makrovega - Best for vegan and healthy food.\u003cbr\u003e3. Toto’s Burger Bar - Good for a quick lunch.\u003cbr\u003e4. Brasserie on 7 - Best place for brunch on the Riva.\u003cbr\u003e5. Bio Bio - While most grocery stores have gluten-free items, this organic shop has a terrific selection of gluten-free snacks and specialty items if you want to stock up before heading to the other islands.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Francesca_2_large.jpg?v=1528185555\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDays 2-3: Vis and Komiza\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCatch a ferry from Split to the island of Vis. This small island is about 1.5-2.5 hours away with two main towns, Vis and Komiza. It doesn’t matter which town you stay in, because the main road that loops around the island and connects the towns is only 37 miles long. Rent a convertible or a scooter and spend a day exploring caves, wineries, beaches, cafes and old military bunkers. I’m not going to give you too many spots because this island is ideal for discovering places on your own. Just grab a map from your rental place because it’s a big loop, and it’s almost impossible to get lost.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Francesca_4_large.jpg?v=1528186040\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFavorite spots on Vis:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e1. Pranamana- Without fail, I would get a smoothie here at least once a week; they offer quick and healthy eats.\u003cbr\u003e2. Konoba Lola- Best for dinner, it feels like you’re in your own secret garden. Staff is extremely accommodating for food allergies and vegans.\u003cbr\u003e3. Fort George- This is a hundred-year-old fort that turns into a club late at night. You can swoop by here during the day for a glass of rosé and climb the stairs to the top of the fort for a spectacular view.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Francesca_3_large.jpg?v=1528185739\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDay 4: Hvar\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCatch another ferry from Vis to the poshest spot on my list, the island of Hvar, aka, the St. Tropez of Croatia. You can choose to stay in a super fancy hotel or find a budget-friendly Airbnb. Just make sure you do it in advance since accommodations get booked up fast. Hvar is THE party island. Not into partying? Don't worry as there are plenty of quiet places on the island to enjoy, as well.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTop spots:\u003cbr\u003e1. Hula Hula - If you like parties and sunsets, you’re going to want to catch both at Hula Hula beach club. They have one of the best sunset dance parties this side of the Mediterranean.\u003cbr\u003e2. Spice-I ate at this outdoor Asian restaurant four times over the summer because they were so great about accommodating my Celiac food guidelines. \u003cbr\u003e3. Carpe Diem Beach Club on Stipanska Island- you will need to take a taxi boat to this club as it is it’s own island but it is unlike any other outdoor club you have ever seen. Think white couches, a sexy tree covered dance floor, and bubbles everywhere. \u003cbr\u003e4. Kiva Bar- If you’re completely crazy and up for even more partying, you can wander down the alleys of the city center to Kiva Bar. Ask for the Helmet Shot; I apologize in advance.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/francesca_5_large.jpg?v=1528186398\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI’ll leave you with a saying they have in Split, “If you go somewhere for coffee and you stay less than 3 hours, that’s coffee To-Go.” When you have the pleasure of visiting this beautiful country, make sure you slow down and enjoy it. The people here live on island time, so don’t expect to get anything done in a hurry. I also highly suggest before you leave that you print out some gluten-free restaurant cards in Croatian that explain your intolerance and the dangers of cross-contamination. You can download these from the internet for free. Since not everyone speaks English, these cards eliminate any miscommunication, and I always encourage the waiter to bring it back to the chef. I found the Croatian people to be very familiar with gluten-free diets and happy to help me. Many “hvalas!” for reading my take on Croatia, and cheers to all your gluten-free adventures!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eAbout the Author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFrancesca Piazza is an avid world-traveler and is currently living in NYC working as a Social Media Director. 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Travel is the last thing that comes to mind for those with Celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance. Admittedly, I was terrified to spend a week sailing around the beautiful islands of this country with friends last summer! Unfortunately, my top concern before the trip of a lifetime wasn't how many swimsuits I could pack, but rather how many snacks I could fit in my bag lest I be unable to find any “safe” food. However, I am happy to report that by the end of the week I was saying, “Hvala!” (“Thank you” in Croatian) to so many wonderful people and places who took my dietary restrictions seriously and served me some fantastic gluten-free food.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFollowing my vacation week, I loved the country so much that I secured myself a position as a private chef with a sailing company and explored Croatia’s islands for the remainder of the summer. This experience helped me become an expert of the hidden gluten-free gems, on this breathtaking coast. Here’s an itinerary of a few of my favorite restaurants and attractions that I'm very excited to share with you!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhat type of cuisine can you expect to find on the Dalmatian coast? Each region of Croatia offers its own unique traditions and foods, but the three-day tour I’m about to take you on is all located on the Adriatic hugging coast of the Dalmatia region. The dishes in this area are traditionally Mediterranean, centered around fish, greens, olive oil, some meats and sausages, and spices such as garlic, rosemary, and parsley. The coast is known for its amazing seafood, especially grilled octopus and Crni Rizot or Squid Risotto. Squid ink is used to turn the rice black. Most dishes come served with a mysterious, yet delicious red sauce, called Ajvar. Every place has their way of making it, but it’s primarily roasted peppers with tomatoes and or, eggplant with oil and spices. Lastly, it is also entirely possible to eat a plant-based diet around Croatia as well since most of the food is made from local fresh ingredients. I’ve even added a couple of my favorite vegetarian spots below. Let’s get going!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDay 1: Start Your Journey in Split\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003eYou can either fly directly into this coastal city or take a train from many nearby towns. I suggest you stay as close as possible to Diocletian’s Palace. This giant complex spans almost 30,000 square meters, and it houses some of the best shops, restaurants, and cafes the city has to offer. During the day, the area is bustling with street vendors selling everything from fresh fruit, to fish caught that morning, to homemade grappa (a cordial similar to wine). Take some time to walk around to find the old ladies in the fruit market to get some of the best figs you’ve ever tasted in your life. Stroll down the Riva on the south facade of the palace that hugs the marina as it’s the ideal place to have a coffee or enjoy the sea breeze over drinks with friends at night.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFavorite restaurants in Split\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e1. Kanoba Matoni - a beautiful restaurant for a lovely dinner. Off the beaten path, but worth it. They have an extensive gluten-free menu, and it feels like you’re having dinner in a private wine cellar. Excellent wine selection, many imaginative vegan dishes, and a chocolate cake that I couldn’t eat without making yummy noises.\u003cbr\u003e2. Makrovega - Best for vegan and healthy food.\u003cbr\u003e3. Toto’s Burger Bar - Good for a quick lunch.\u003cbr\u003e4. Brasserie on 7 - Best place for brunch on the Riva.\u003cbr\u003e5. Bio Bio - While most grocery stores have gluten-free items, this organic shop has a terrific selection of gluten-free snacks and specialty items if you want to stock up before heading to the other islands.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Francesca_2_large.jpg?v=1528185555\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDays 2-3: Vis and Komiza\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCatch a ferry from Split to the island of Vis. This small island is about 1.5-2.5 hours away with two main towns, Vis and Komiza. It doesn’t matter which town you stay in, because the main road that loops around the island and connects the towns is only 37 miles long. Rent a convertible or a scooter and spend a day exploring caves, wineries, beaches, cafes and old military bunkers. I’m not going to give you too many spots because this island is ideal for discovering places on your own. Just grab a map from your rental place because it’s a big loop, and it’s almost impossible to get lost.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Francesca_4_large.jpg?v=1528186040\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFavorite spots on Vis:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003e1. Pranamana- Without fail, I would get a smoothie here at least once a week; they offer quick and healthy eats.\u003cbr\u003e2. Konoba Lola- Best for dinner, it feels like you’re in your own secret garden. Staff is extremely accommodating for food allergies and vegans.\u003cbr\u003e3. Fort George- This is a hundred-year-old fort that turns into a club late at night. You can swoop by here during the day for a glass of rosé and climb the stairs to the top of the fort for a spectacular view.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Francesca_3_large.jpg?v=1528185739\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDay 4: Hvar\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cbr\u003eCatch another ferry from Vis to the poshest spot on my list, the island of Hvar, aka, the St. Tropez of Croatia. You can choose to stay in a super fancy hotel or find a budget-friendly Airbnb. Just make sure you do it in advance since accommodations get booked up fast. Hvar is THE party island. Not into partying? Don't worry as there are plenty of quiet places on the island to enjoy, as well.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTop spots:\u003cbr\u003e1. Hula Hula - If you like parties and sunsets, you’re going to want to catch both at Hula Hula beach club. They have one of the best sunset dance parties this side of the Mediterranean.\u003cbr\u003e2. Spice-I ate at this outdoor Asian restaurant four times over the summer because they were so great about accommodating my Celiac food guidelines. \u003cbr\u003e3. Carpe Diem Beach Club on Stipanska Island- you will need to take a taxi boat to this club as it is it’s own island but it is unlike any other outdoor club you have ever seen. Think white couches, a sexy tree covered dance floor, and bubbles everywhere. \u003cbr\u003e4. Kiva Bar- If you’re completely crazy and up for even more partying, you can wander down the alleys of the city center to Kiva Bar. Ask for the Helmet Shot; I apologize in advance.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/francesca_5_large.jpg?v=1528186398\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eI’ll leave you with a saying they have in Split, “If you go somewhere for coffee and you stay less than 3 hours, that’s coffee To-Go.” When you have the pleasure of visiting this beautiful country, make sure you slow down and enjoy it. The people here live on island time, so don’t expect to get anything done in a hurry. I also highly suggest before you leave that you print out some gluten-free restaurant cards in Croatian that explain your intolerance and the dangers of cross-contamination. You can download these from the internet for free. Since not everyone speaks English, these cards eliminate any miscommunication, and I always encourage the waiter to bring it back to the chef. I found the Croatian people to be very familiar with gluten-free diets and happy to help me. Many “hvalas!” for reading my take on Croatia, and cheers to all your gluten-free adventures!\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003cstrong\u003eAbout the Author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFrancesca Piazza is an avid world-traveler and is currently living in NYC working as a Social Media Director. You can keep track of her adventures via her Instagram profiles \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/youngbrokeand\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@lastnamepizza\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/youngbrokeand\/\"\u003e@youngbrokeand \u003c\/a\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/youngbrokeandglutenfree\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@youngbrokeandglutenfree\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e© Copyright 2018 GlutenfreeGlobalicious Magazine\u003cbr\u003eAll rights reserved. \u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eGlutenfreeGlobalicious Magazine is part of The Pure Fresh Daily Group \u003cbr\u003e© Copyright 2018, Pure Fresh Daily Publications Corporation \u003cbr\u003eAll Rights Reserved.  \u003cbr\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e"}

A Four-Day Tour of Gluten Free Croatia

by Francesca Piazza

Croatia isn’t typically a country that comes to mind when you think about gluten-free travel. Travel is the last thing that comes to mind for those with Celiac disease or severe gluten intolerance. Admittedly, I was terrified to spend a week sailing around the beautiful islands of this country with friends last summer! Unfortunately, my top concern before the trip of a lifetime wasn't how many swimsuits I could pack, but rather how many snacks I could fit in my bag lest I be unable to find any “safe” food. However, I am happy to report that by the end of the week I was saying, “Hvala!” (“Thank you” in Croatian) to so many wonderful people and places who took my dietary restrictions seriously and served me some fantastic gluten-free food.

Following my vacation week, I loved the country so much that I secured myself a position as a private chef with a sailing company and explored Croatia’s islands for the remainder of the summer. This experience helped me become an expert of the hidden gluten-free gems, on this breathtaking coast. Here’s an itinerary of a few of my favorite restaurants and attractions that I'm very excited to share with you!

What type of cuisine can you expect to find on the Dalmatian coast? Each region of Croatia offers its own unique traditions and foods, but the three-day tour I’m about to take you on is all located on the Adriatic hugging coast of the Dalmatia region. The dishes in this area are traditionally Mediterranean, centered around fish, greens, olive oil, some meats and sausages, and spices such as garlic, rosemary, and parsley. The coast is known for its amazing seafood, especially grilled octopus and Crni Rizot or Squid Risotto. Squid ink is used to turn the rice black. Most dishes come served with a mysterious, yet delicious red sauce, called Ajvar. Every place has their way of making it, but it’s primarily roasted peppers with tomatoes and or, eggplant with oil and spices. Lastly, it is also entirely possible to eat a plant-based diet around Croatia as well since most of the food is made from local fresh ingredients. I’ve even added a couple of my favorite vegetarian spots below. Let’s get going!

Day 1: Start Your Journey in Split


You can either fly directly into this coastal city or take a train from many nearby towns. I suggest you stay as close as possible to Diocletian’s Palace. This giant complex spans almost 30,000 square meters, and it houses some of the best shops, restaurants, and cafes the city has to offer. During the day, the area is bustling with street vendors selling everything from fresh fruit, to fish caught that morning, to homemade grappa (a cordial similar to wine). Take some time to walk around to find the old ladies in the fruit market to get some of the best figs you’ve ever tasted in your life. Stroll down the Riva on the south facade of the palace that hugs the marina as it’s the ideal place to have a coffee or enjoy the sea breeze over drinks with friends at night.

Favorite restaurants in Split


1. Kanoba Matoni - a beautiful restaurant for a lovely dinner. Off the beaten path, but worth it. They have an extensive gluten-free menu, and it feels like you’re having dinner in a private wine cellar. Excellent wine selection, many imaginative vegan dishes, and a chocolate cake that I couldn’t eat without making yummy noises.
2. Makrovega - Best for vegan and healthy food.
3. Toto’s Burger Bar - Good for a quick lunch.
4. Brasserie on 7 - Best place for brunch on the Riva.
5. Bio Bio - While most grocery stores have gluten-free items, this organic shop has a terrific selection of gluten-free snacks and specialty items if you want to stock up before heading to the other islands.

Days 2-3: Vis and Komiza


Catch a ferry from Split to the island of Vis. This small island is about 1.5-2.5 hours away with two main towns, Vis and Komiza. It doesn’t matter which town you stay in, because the main road that loops around the island and connects the towns is only 37 miles long. Rent a convertible or a scooter and spend a day exploring caves, wineries, beaches, cafes and old military bunkers. I’m not going to give you too many spots because this island is ideal for discovering places on your own. Just grab a map from your rental place because it’s a big loop, and it’s almost impossible to get lost.

 

Favorite spots on Vis:


1. Pranamana- Without fail, I would get a smoothie here at least once a week; they offer quick and healthy eats.
2. Konoba Lola- Best for dinner, it feels like you’re in your own secret garden. Staff is extremely accommodating for food allergies and vegans.
3. Fort George- This is a hundred-year-old fort that turns into a club late at night. You can swoop by here during the day for a glass of rosé and climb the stairs to the top of the fort for a spectacular view.

Day 4: Hvar


Catch another ferry from Vis to the poshest spot on my list, the island of Hvar, aka, the St. Tropez of Croatia. You can choose to stay in a super fancy hotel or find a budget-friendly Airbnb. Just make sure you do it in advance since accommodations get booked up fast. Hvar is THE party island. Not into partying? Don't worry as there are plenty of quiet places on the island to enjoy, as well.

Top spots:
1. Hula Hula - If you like parties and sunsets, you’re going to want to catch both at Hula Hula beach club. They have one of the best sunset dance parties this side of the Mediterranean.
2. Spice-I ate at this outdoor Asian restaurant four times over the summer because they were so great about accommodating my Celiac food guidelines.
3. Carpe Diem Beach Club on Stipanska Island- you will need to take a taxi boat to this club as it is it’s own island but it is unlike any other outdoor club you have ever seen. Think white couches, a sexy tree covered dance floor, and bubbles everywhere.
4. Kiva Bar- If you’re completely crazy and up for even more partying, you can wander down the alleys of the city center to Kiva Bar. Ask for the Helmet Shot; I apologize in advance.

I’ll leave you with a saying they have in Split, “If you go somewhere for coffee and you stay less than 3 hours, that’s coffee To-Go.” When you have the pleasure of visiting this beautiful country, make sure you slow down and enjoy it. The people here live on island time, so don’t expect to get anything done in a hurry. I also highly suggest before you leave that you print out some gluten-free restaurant cards in Croatian that explain your intolerance and the dangers of cross-contamination. You can download these from the internet for free. Since not everyone speaks English, these cards eliminate any miscommunication, and I always encourage the waiter to bring it back to the chef. I found the Croatian people to be very familiar with gluten-free diets and happy to help me. Many “hvalas!” for reading my take on Croatia, and cheers to all your gluten-free adventures!

 About the Author

Francesca Piazza is an avid world-traveler and is currently living in NYC working as a Social Media Director. You can keep track of her adventures via her Instagram profiles @lastnamepizza @youngbrokeand @youngbrokeandglutenfree

 

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