Vittoria: 27 years old, a coeliac girl living life one flight at a time.
If you are at your first experience with the Moroccan culture, you might want to start from the most “Western” city, Marrakech! No matter how many tourists every day go there and urbanize the city, Marrakech will always maintain that wonderful allure of exotic escape, just miles away from the Sahara desert.
The best way to discover this wonderful place is from the Medina, the pulsing hearth of every Moroccan city. And what’s better than staying at one of the amazing Riads there? You will immediately immerse yourself in this fascinating culture, starting from their typical accommodations.
Start your day by taking a walk between the souks, the traditional (and extremely chaotic!) markets and shops populating the Medina, and don’t worry if you’re going to get lost, it’s part of the experience :)
Have a tour inside the most famous Moroccan gardens in Marrakech, Jardin Majorelle and Jardin Secret, and rest a bit under one of those huge trees, a moment of peace from the chaos of the city center.
It’s time for lunch! Even though Moroccan dishes are mostly gluten-free friendly, you will also find some specific gluten-free options in some of the restaurants in Marrakech. At Earth Café the small vegetarian and vegan menu has many gluten-free options available, such as these rice noodles with vegetables!
If you want to experience a cooking workshop, at Atelier Café you might ask for gluten-free dishes as well.
Or else, in case you are missing some Italian food, there are Pepe Nero and Limoni ready to serve you some gluten-free meals!
Outside from the city center, the best way to have some safe gluten-free meals is to get familiar with the Tajine, the traditional Moroccan preparation, made with steamed meat and vegetables, and served in the typical cone-shaped dish.
As always, the best recommendation is to have some pocket gluten-free snacks with you, to keep with you even in the middle of the desert! My favorite one? Schär’s “pocket crackers” :)