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Jan 25, 2012 01:23 PM

Chow-friendly shabat in Southern Europe

I will spend a few days in southern Europe in March on vacation, folded around a work trip. My trip will probably include shabat. My destination is flexible, although I've already spent time in northern Italy and Greece. I'm flexible with regard to cost. What's a good chow-friendly destination where spending shabat would be pleasurable?

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  1. Rome is probably the best option.

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    1. re: DeisCane

      If you make it to France, I imagine Cannes and Nice would be good options. I haven't been to Deal, NJ, but one of the beach towns between the two is what I picture Deal looking like. Maybe it's Juan Les Pins?

    2. Spent a week in the south of France this past summer and would certainly recommend it. I posted a bunch of reviews on shamash, but my fave for shabbat would have to be the terasse d'eze, a small hotel on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean. The views are spectacular and the kosher food was fabulous. Apparently its owned by Orthodox Jews and they seem to take their food and wine seriously. They have a separate kitchen and dining room for kosher diners and an infiniti pool with the most incredible views. The town itself is relatively small with not much beyond a fragonard cologne and perfume factory, but its a 20 minute drive from Nice, which itself has a bunch of kosher options. Cannes has a few restaurants, and even Juan-le-Pins has a couple. All in all, a surprisingly large number of options in a relatively small, gorgeous area.

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      1. re: BigRedFoodieDoc

        Gibraltar is a pretty great place to spend Shabbat. Especially if you can include Cordoba and Seville en route. There is a small vacation community on the Costa del Sol, I forget which town. But Gibraltar is a nice place to be on Shabbat: shuls, Shabbos restaurants, Barbary apes, places to stroll - or you can climb to the top of The Rock.

        1. re: BigRedFoodieDoc

          Wow! Just looked at the terasse d'eze website. Looks like a terrific place for Pesach or a destination wedding.

          1. re: Kosher Carnivore

            So is there a kosher restaurant there? I'm not clear. The menu is clearly treyf. Is it just based on special order or for events or is it available all year round?

            1. re: DeisCane

              BigRedFoodieDoc's post says they have a separate kitchen and dining room for kosher clientele, you should probably email about availability before planning a visit

        2. The main hotel restaurant is certainly not kosher, but we e-mailed ahead and they offered us both a per-meal rate as well as a "shabbat package". They also provided us with sandwiches for a 2 day excursion into the Italian Riviera with had zero kosher options. They also have a pesach program available.