May 2019 dates not yet confirmed

Contact me to register your interest in attending the 2019 Almadraba Tour

The migrating Bluefin Tuna

During each Spring the bluefin 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 the globalisation of this bluefin 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 people have said:

“I have just returned from the most fabulous four days on Annie’s Almadraba tour. What a wonderful experience! Beautifully organised and super friendly with many homely touches but a fierce professionalism in the background so that everything runs like clockwork. The cooking course was terrific, the tapas tours memorable, the sherry tasting interesting and educational and the trip to the Almadraba an honour to experience. I cannot recommend Annie’s courses highly enough.” Nic & Julia, London

“We shared ‘The Ultimate Tuna Experience’ with Annie who was extremely knowledgeable not only about ‘The Almadraba’ but also about sherry from the Sherry Triangle. Her culinary skills are exceptional and we really enjoyed our time in her kitchen. On the final day, Annie organised a trip out to sea to witness first-hand the lifting of the Tuna at The Almadraba. This way of fishing is a tradition dating back almost three millennia. I highly recommend this course.”  David & Julie, UK

Class Summary

  • When

    Each year in May

    Dates not yet available – please enquire

  • Duration

    4 nights & 5 days

  • Price

    from €1,800 pp based on 2 sharing, including 4 nights’ B&B, all food and wine during class hours

  • Includes

    This unique 5 day gourmet tour will include the following

    • An exclusive early morning boat trip to observe one of the four unique Almadraba traps being lifted, in the company of the local leading expert on all things Almadraba
    • Cooking class at Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen where you will prepare an array of tuna dishes
    • An unforgettable menu degustation at the tuna temple of El Campero (regarded as Spain’s top fish restaurant) to which all top chefs and gourmands flock during the Almadraba
    • Constantly matching tuna with local wines
    • Day out at a local tuna festival to enjoy innovative tapas
    • Appreciation of nose to tail eating of the blue fin tuna

What To Expect With This Course

Day 1 

Arrival.

Check in to hotel www.lacasadelcalifa.com

Tapas tour of Vejer

Day 2 

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

Free Evening

Day 3 

Departure to Barbate fish market to buy provisions for lunch. We will visit a tuna preserve factory too. Back to the kitchen to dishes such as Tuna Tartare, Atun Encebollada, Salmorejo con Mojama, etc Tastings of preserved tuna.

Evening – Drinks and private Flamenco music.

Day 4 

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 

Departure or you can extend your stay in beautiful Vejer.

Note: We will attempt to visit the Almadraba at sea on your first full day here but due to weather, this is not always possible.

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.

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Here’s what they have said

Thank you once again, we truly had the most wonderful experience with you in Vejer. Our expectations were high coming to your classes and unbelievably were far surpassed!

I am looking forward to trying your wonderful recipes at home.

Pip Liebelt and 7 friends Melbourne, Australia. Here for 5 nights and 5 days - May 2015 Group Food & Wine Tour December 15, 2016

Why Vejer de la Frontera

It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Your first glimpse of the town is as a blinding flash of white on a hilltop against the bluest of blue skies. Up close it’s just as easy on the eye, too – a labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets winding its way between quiet squares, churches and handsome historical buildings, it’s a photographer’s dream.

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