Going on holiday can be quite a stressful experience for IBS sufferers. It can be hard enough managing the symptoms in known territory let alone in a foreign country. I always feel a bit anxious prior to travelling. Especially to a non-English speaking country. I’m haunted by the thought of what I will eat, if there will be toilets close-by in case of a flare-up. I have already written an article with some travelling tips when I visited India and you can find that here. However I wanted to share my experience in Tenerife.
Despite having been on the low FODMAP diet for 1 1/2 years, most of my reintroductions have been unsuccessful. This means I still have to avoid most FODMAPs. However I found eating out in Tenerife was really easy and I was symptom free the whole trip (Hurray!). All menus in restaurants have an allergy key which indicates whether meals contain any allergens. This indicated whether the meals contained wheat, gluten, soya and lactose which made eating out so much easier. All the foods at the hotel buffet breakfast where also labelled which was brilliant! While in Tenerife I mostly ate seafood. Luckily they simply grill or fry the seafood and just serve it with a wedge of lemon. Here are a few of the meals I had.
My favourite restaurant was a small local place called El Cine. Their menu was quite limited with just a short selection of seafood and fish but it was really good and best of all FODMAP friendly. Locals usually ordered a variety of dishes and shared. On my trip I also discovered a low FODMAP ice-lolly called Aupa pictured below.
While in Tenerife I stayed at the Cleopatra Palace Hotel. The hotel is situated in the south of Tenerife in the Las Americas/Los Cristianos area. This area is only 15-20 minutes away from the Tenerife Sud airport. The buffet breakfast was amazing. There was a huge choice of food available including a variety of fruit, cereal, and an egg station which made eggs to order. The hotel was situated just infront of the beach so I could relax knowing that if I experienced urgency I could just go up to my hotel room. Below you can see a picture of the beach which I took from the hotel room balcony. There were also public toilets along the promenade. The hotel was also situated close to plenty of restaurants, bars, a mall, a supermarket and mini golf. There are also plenty of activities at a nearby beach which is approximately 5-10 minutes walk away including paragliding, paddle boat hire and jet skiing.
At times there was a language barrier however tour guides and waiters and restaurants were usually fluent in English. Over all it was a great trip and I would highly recommend it.
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