The Ultimate Almadraba Tour
Celebrate the sustainable tuna harvest with Annie B at the heart of the Almadraba
Due to demand we are running this trip twice in 2017
22nd – 26th May
During each Spring the blue fin tuna migrate from their natural habitat, the depths of the chilly Atlantic, into the warmer spawning grounds of the Med. These enormous fish (approx. 200kgs) build up blubber to keep warm in the freezing Atlantic. It’s this fat that makes the Atun Rojo de Almadraba the most delicious tuna in the world and so sought after. Commanding high prices, this Omega 3 infused delicacy melts in your mouth like butter.
This traditional method of the heavily regulated Almadraba harvest is unique to The Costa de la Luz and dates back to the time of the Phoenicians. It lasts for four to six weeks only, depending on when quotas are reached.
This is an ideal trip for kitchen-shy gourmets (only one cooking class) seeking a fascinating alternative to something such as truffle hunting!
Annie B will lead you through the fascinating historical traditions mixed with contemporary local life. During this adventure, you will experience the uniqueness of the annual Almadraba, both culturally and gastronomically.
Due to globalisation of this blue fin tuna the biggest market is now Japan. This market insists that the fish meets a stress free end to life, resulting in tender tuna meat. Therefore you will not be witnessing anything messy during the lifting of the tuna traps when out on the boat.
What To Expect With This Course
Day 1 – Mon 22 May
Check in to hotel www.lacasadelcalifa.com
Tapas tour of Vejer
Day 2 – Tues 23 May
Departure to Barbate fish market to buy provisions for lunch. We will visit a tuna preserve factory too. We will prepare dishes such as Tuna Tartare, Prawn Ceviche, Squid Salad, Pistachio, Rosewater and Fig cake.
Evening – Drinks and private Flamenco music.
Day 3 – Weds 24 May
Early morning start to watch the Zahara Almadraba trap being lifted. After which you will be able to watch the tuna butchers at work as soon as the massive fish arrive on shore. After which you will return to your hotel to rest and freshen up.
2pm departure for Degustation lunch at El Campero
Day 4 – Thurs 25 May
Today we are heading to the Ruta de Atun in Zahara to taste all the winning dishes of the Ruta de Atun where 32 bars and restaurants have competed to serve the best tapa using the new season’s Almadraba tuna.
Evening – farewell dinner in Vejer
Day 5 – Fri 26 May
Departure or you can extend your stay in beautiful Vejer.
Note: Flights, insurance and transfers extra. Choose between the airports of Gibraltar, Jerez, Seville or Malaga. Airport transfers from Jerez cost from €70. Gibraltar €90.
Looking for the full Annie B experience? Have a look at the range of cooking holidays we offer…
Fly-by-night visit to Vejer planned? No problem. We also offer day classes to introduce you to the best of Spanish food…
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