We offer a varied assortment of sensations and experiences to enjoy from the cuisine of Cádiz; tastes of the sea and earth, the smell of salt and cinnamon, colours of wine and seaweed, textures of cheese and honey, sounds of snoring and voices.
1.- Visit the Food Market of Cádiz
Recently remodelled, it is the most functional historical monument in Cádiz, where flashing cameras and shopping carts live in perfect harmony as well as tourists from the most diverse cities alongside the local housewives of Cádiz. It is here where you must come to find the best and freshest meats, fruits, fish and seafood while visiting one of the city's most beautiful monuments.
The Gastronomy Corner of the Cádiz Market is on its way to becoming as famous as the reputed markets of Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or Bilbao. No longer is it merely a market, rather is has become an authentic gastronomy and recreation area.
2.- Snoring Tuna (‘el ronqueo') Cutting
Tuna cutting, or rather watching how a large fish is broken down is a complement to the activities mentioned above. The Spanish term ‘Ronqueo' refers to the sound it makes which is similar to snoring. At the Conservera Herpac de Barbate, you can learn all about this process as well as the skilful packing conservation of the fish.
To complete the tour check out the Tuna Museum-La Chanca, also in Barbate.
3.-Sample Almadraba Tuna a Thousand different ways
In every bar and restaurant along the coast of Cádiz, from Conil to Tarifa you can enjoy exquisite tuna served in a thousand possible different ways, which will not leave you indifferent; grilled, sautéed with onions, peppered, broiled, as sushi, tataki, etc.
Every year during the months of May and June there are three essential events:
v Tuna Tour - Conil de la Frontera- one month from May to June
v Tuna gastronomy week- Barbate- May
v Almadraba Tuna Tour- Zahara de los atunes- May
4.- Make Bread and Cheese
The Molino de Abajo, a windmill dating back to the XVIII Century, located in the El Bosque (The Forest) in its original state and in perfect working order showing how a windmill works as it did hundreds of years ago. As well, during the visit you can participate in the making of bread, which you can take home once it's baked.
In the El Bosqueño Cheese Museum and Interpretive Centre you can enjoy cheese tasting and a cheese-making workshop; reservations required.
In Grazalema, the Finca Las Hazuelas workshop you can learn the process of making cheese, payoyos, in the Sierra de Cádiz in which visitors may participate. You may also enjoy cheese tasting offered by a monitor.
5.- Experience a Fish Harvest and Taste Salt in the Sierra
The despesque (fish harvest), a little known word on dry land, refers to the extraction of fish existing in the natural estuaries of the salt flats, which must be emptied each year once the rainy season ends. This traditional work, carried out manually for many, many years, is an event to experience. Gilthead bream, sea bass, grilled or salted mullet, fine wine and good company.
v San Vicente Salt Flats - San Fernando.
One of the few remaining artisan salt flats, it develops a unique product ‘Fleur de sel' (La Flor de Sal), the first crystals that form on the surface of the water during evaporation. Additionally, visitors may participate in an authentic fish harvest and then eat the fish caught for lunch prepared on site.
v The agency Compuertas offers the opportunity to experience this activity, together with interaction with wildlife, adding to the enjoyment of the fish caught from the estuary, sampling recipes that make up the local coastal gastronomy.
v Sanlúcar de Barrameda Salt Flats
One of the largest south Atlantic Salt Flats in an unparalleled location is the Doñana Natural Area. With the agency Compuertas you can take a guided tour of the surroundings of Doñana, the landscape, salt production and its derivatives, sampling of traditional products and experiencing a very special moment, Sunset at Doñana.
v Salt Flats in the Middle of the Sierra de Grazalema!
Iptuci Salt Flats - Prado del Rey
Also part of the experience is learning that these salt flats originate from salt water springs, they are one of the last remaining inland salt flats still in operation in Andalusia and that its activity has been documented since the XIV Century, although scholars indicate that the Salinas was used by the Phoenicians. Monday - Sunday, reservations required. The visit may include a workshop on the manual extraction of salt.
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Tourism Office Phone: 956 724 436.
In summer you can visit at night with Compuertas. In the evening you can visit the salt flat and in that unique moment in the Sierra, you can enjoy a country style dinner served with fresh products from the garden and wine from the local community. Then begins the work of the salt harvesters who teach you the details of the task and work of the salt flat, you may be able to participate in harvesting the salt, the Fleur de sel and flakes until nightfall.
We invite you to discover this exciting world of salt and salt flats by enjoying a Tasting of Cádiz Salt, offered at these flats.
6.- Sample Seaweed from the Estuaries
v Gastronomic immersion in the world of seaweed from the hands of Chef Mauro Barreiro. In his restaurant in Puerto Real, next to a natural seaweed environment; reeds, marshes and estuaries of the Bay of Cádiz, you can experience the colour, taste and genius of a number of seaweed dishes that will not leave you indifferent. Live this gastronomical experience designed exclusively for Compuertas and tourists with an eye for this local product.
v In the restaurant Aponiente de El Puerto de Santa María, Michelin 2 Stars Chef Ángel León, explores plankton as seafood.
7.- Browse Art in a Bodega
There is nothing better than sipping Jerez sherry with a little art in our bodegas. Some in Jerez de la Frontera, in addition to making sherry, also have a small museum inside.
v Bodegas Tradición, one of the private collections of the greatest Spanish painters of all time: Goya, Velázquez, Zurbarán, etc.
v Bodegas Real Tesoro, of special note is the 'Suite Volard' collection of Picasso comprising 100 engravings as well as works from Botero, Miró, Dalí, Sicilia, Salustiano, Tàpies and many other authors.
8.- Experience Carnaval
Gastronomy fairs organised by carnaval troupes and before going to Carnaval, they are an excellent place to enjoy and get ready for the party.
La Erizada, organised by the Urchin (‘El Erizo') troupe. The Erizada is the greatest of all the Carnaval gastronomy fairs celebrated in the capital of Cádiz. 400 kg of sea urchin are provided, which goes very well with fine wine or Manzanilla Sherry.
La Ostionada, organised by the ‘El Molino' troupe, on the same day as the Erizada. 1500 kg of eastern oysters (Crassostrea) are given out to enjoy with Jerez or Manzanilla Sherry. An eastern oyster is a bivalve mollusc from the same family as the oyster, high-quality and very common along the coast of Cádiz.
9.- Mushroom Collecting
Mushrooms are important for Jimena de la Frontera, and for the entire Los Alcornocales natural park, therefore each year are held Mycological days during November and are becoming more and more popular. During these days workshops and natural park outings to collect mushrooms are organised.
Taste the chanterelles in autumn, this delicious mushroom, along with other varieties, can be found in the only Spanish mushroom market that exists in this town during the autumn season.
The village has a small Mycological Interpretive Centre that is also the interpretive centre for the castle; we suggest stopping by and having a look.
10.- Enjoy Bread and Olive Oil from an Olive Oil Mill
Something so simple can be exquisite. The Oleum Viride Olive Oil Mill offer a tasting tour of olive oil. They offer the possibility to learn first-hand all about the organic extra virgin olive oil produced in the Zahara de la Sierra. The tour includes a typical miller breakfast, a tasting of the different varieties of olive oil produced exclusively in this area of the sierra, explanations on harvesting olives.