Cadiz Culinary Food Tour

Andalucia is the historic home of tapas, and one legend of its origins has Cadiz as the very birthplace of small plate dining. The story goes that King Alfonso XIII was visiting the city and drinking a sherry down at Ventorrillo del Chato beach when the wind blew sand into his glass, so a waiter covered it with a lidlike slice of ham …

On this private tour with an expert guide you’ll stop at market stalls and taverna counters to try some of the local specialities that have since made this city one of Spain’s great places to eat and drink. Fried fishcakes made with Mediterranean shrimp, prime-cut beef from the Retin hills, fino and manzanilla sherries made with palomino grapes from the surrounding coastal countryside.

En route you’ll hear about the first vines planted on these shores by the ancient Phoenicians, the fortified wines that Christopher Columbus took with him to the New World, and the exotic new foods that came back with him on Spanish treasure ships. This includes the humble potato, now mixed with peppers, olive oil, tuna and paprika to make the signature Cádiz tapas dish, papas aliñás.

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What to Expect

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Gain a good overview of some of the best tapas bars in Madrid

With an expert guide, stop at market stalls and taverna counters to try some of the local specialities.

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Bites include fried fishcakes made with Mediterranean shrimp, prime-cut beef from the Retin hills, fino and manzanilla sherries made with palomino grapes from the surrounding coastal countryside.

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En route you’ll hear about the first vines planted on these shores by the ancient Phoenicians, the fortified wines that Christopher Columbus took with him to the New World, and the exotic new foods that came back with him on Spanish treasure ships.

Details & Booking

Available: Everyday
Meeting Place: To be planned with you
Meeting Times: Suggested time 8:00 pm
Duration: 3 hours
Included: Guided tour to 3-4 Gaditano* tapas bars, tapas and beers/wines/refreshments

*Gaditano or gaditana = of/from Cadiz!

  • This tour takes you through cobblestone streets, with some gentle inclines.
  • Comfortable shoes recommended.
  • This tour covers dinner.

Interested in experiencing more of Cadiz? Click here for a walking tour of the historical center: