Almadraba tuna route

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Almadraba tuna route

When is the Tuna Tuna Trap Route held?

The Almadraba Tuna Route  is held in the months May and June each year. The aim, as in previous years, is to publicize the rich local cuisine and its establishments, through a local product, the Almadraba Bluefin Tuna from our coast of Cádiz.

The dates will also be punctuated by other activities, such as gastronomic days in several restaurants in the province and also gastronomic tourism activities such as those planned by the company Compuertas, which has even scheduled boat trips to the tuna traps or themed meals about tuna in the El Campero restaurant (more information here).

The Barbate canning companies Herpac and La Chanca also offer gastronomic tourism programs.

Herpac offers visits to its facilities and tuna ronqueo (more information here) and La Chanca visits to the Tuna Museum with a tuna cutting and tasting included(more information here).

Which cities or towns participate in the tuna route?

The main cities and towns participating in this route of the Almadraba Tuna tapa would be:

1.- Tariff

2.- Zahara de los Atunes


4.- Conil de la frontera

What does the tuna route consist of?

 This route of the Almadraba tuna has as objective that the establishments of restoration and hotel trade show their capacity of innovation elaborating tapas based on the red tuna of almadraba, being a tribute to this traditional delicacy of the gastronomy.

Thus, bars and restaurants in these cities (Tarifa, Zahara de Los Atunes, Barbate and Conil de la Frontera) will be able to present a tapa made with authentic almadraba tuna. That can be tasted by customers for the stipulated price and including a drink.

In order to ensure maximum quality, the rules of the route of the tuna route establishes that each tapa must have a minimum amount of 25 grams of tuna.

It can be from any part of the rump: tarantelo, loin, mormo, descargamento, heart, ventresca, sirloin, faceras, etc.

Participating establishments will display on the door of their establishments the logo identifying their participation in the route granted by the City Council.

These should be in a clearly visible and distinguishable place, so that the customer can identify it without any inconvenience.

The origin?

Year after year, every May since 2000 years ago, returns to the Cádiz coasts the fishing of the Almadraba Tuna.

Currently, the only existing authorized traps are located on the coast of Cadiz: Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes, Conil de la Frontera and Tarifa.

In them, every year hundreds of families from Cadiz strive to fish through the well-known ‘levantás’ to these specimens of incredible size, which can reach considerable prices in the market, between 14 and 60 euros per kilo.

The trap is an artisanal, non-violent and environmentally friendly art and technique used for fishing. tuna. This technique consists of installing a labyrinth of shallow nets between two boats, in the passage of the tuna during their migration, which takes place from April to June of each year.

This form of tuna fishing has its origins in distant pre-Roman times and continues to the present day.

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