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Learn and taste Bluefin tuna on this full daytour from Vejer

On the Bluefin Tuna History Tour we will be leaving from Vejer de la frontera. We will head down the coast, in the nearby Roman city of Baelo Claudia, Tarifa. One can still see where “Garum” sauce was produced. It was made with fermented bluefin tuna and fish intestines, the elite of ancient Rome considered it a luxury! Atlantic Bluefin tuna, is the largest and one of the most sought-after species of tuna in the world. Here in Cadiz, tuna is still caught in the “Almadraba”, the manual, sustainable method of fishing used since Phoenician times. This involves channelling the tuna into a small area, involving a labyrinth of nets. Here professional fishermen catch the bluefin tuna.

Come experience the rich (and tasty!) history, Cadiz has to offer during our full day History of bluefin Tuna tour. Learn all about the history and vast influence this fish has had on Cadiz. Visit Trafalgar cape and understand the use of the towers for tuna fishing as well as for defense purposes. We will understand where each part of the bluefin tuna we taste comes from, and how to cook each part.

 

 

Want a more personal experience? Book a private tour.

Important info

When: The tours will be from Tuesday to Saturday. We will be starting at 9:00am from Vejer de la Frontera. Also offered as a private custom tour.

Start Location: Your hotel in Vejer de la Frontera

Group Size: 3-10 people, from Vejer de la Frontera. 3-6 Premium bluefin tuna. We design private tours.

Price: 139€ per person. All-inclusive. We offer a premium Bluefin tuna tour.

Language: Tour is offered in Spanish and English.

Inclusions: All costs covered including transport with driver, knowledgeable local guide, lunch, Private Boat ride or Baelo Claudia entrance fees.

What should you expect?

In this tour we will pick you up from your hotel in Vejer de la Frontera and drive you to Bolonia where the magnificently preserved ruins of the Roman port city of Baelo Claudia are.From here the romans caught Atlantic bluefin tuna and exported it to the rest of the empire. Carlos will explain the importance of this city and will let you explore the ruins, as well as seeing one of the largest shifting dunes in Europe, which forms one end of perhaps the most beautiful beach in southern Spain!

In the afternoon, we will go to Barbate to the local market where you will experience the smell and the colours of a Mercado de Abastos in Cádiz. Where we will see all the local seasonal fresh produce.

We will then head to eat to a local "peña" restaurant and eat a variety of Bluefin tuna dishes and parts of tuna with a drink. We will recommend sherry to pair with this lovely food. In this type of restaurant it is not allowed to book in advance, that is why we will eat early and we may have to wait 5-10minutes for a table. We will then head to Trafalgar cape and learn about the uses of the towers, used not only for defense but for fishing tuna as well.

At the end of the day we will drive back and drop you off at your hotel or where we picked you up in Vejer de la Frontera between 15:30pm to 16:00pm.

If you would like to see the Almadraba then we can offer you an add on with the premium Bluefin Tuna Tour.

Premium Bluefin Tuna Tour

We offer a premium option for this tour, where the schedule and order of activities change by changing a fascinating Boat ride to see the Almadraba or pools with the bluefin tunas instead of the visit to Baelo Claudia.

We will leave Vejer de la Frontera at 9:30am and head first to Barbate port. Here we will take a boat ride to see the Almadraba, potentially in action in May and part of June. If you come from June to October we will see the pools where they keep and feed the bluefin tuna. On both cases the captain and your private bilingual guide will explain how the Almadraba works. After, we will head to see Trafalgar cape from the sea and go along the picturesque cliffs back to the port. On the way back we will enjoy the views of the Natural park of las Breñas and its turquoise waters.

We will take you back to Vejer de la Frontera at around 14:30 pm. Please be advised that due to weather conditions the boat ride could be cancelled. In that case you could choose if you want to move to the standard Bluefin Tuna History Tour and visit Baelo Claudia instead, have your money back, or choose a different tour receiving back the difference.

To book it, or if you have any questions, or want to book a private tour contact us. On the other hand you can press the button book now, and you will find the premium option as well.  If you want to book the tour private contact us, and we could adapt it to your group liking.

Frequently Asked Questions
What should I bring?

Make sure you wear comfortable shoes for walking in and bring a hat, sunglasses and suncream for the afternoon tour, as we will be outside enjoying the sunshine for part of the time!

Don’t forget to bring along your camera to show everyone back home all the best moments from your tour!

What language is the tour in?

Your bilingual guide will offer the tour in English and Spanish.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Our usual tour route is not wheelchair accessible unfortunately (due to the access to parts of the bodegas!). However, contact us in advance and we will try to contact our partners to make the tour accessible!

Is the tour possible for vegetarians or those with other dietary restrictions?

Vegetarian alternatives can be provided during the tour.

Unfortunately vegan alternatives are not possible. Please advise us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions or speak to us if you have any concerns to plan accordingly.

Can older people keep up with the group?

Absolutely! We walk at a relaxing pace and stop frequently so it is enjoyable for everyone!

Can children join the tour?

Yes, of course. While they can’t join in the wine and sherry tasting they can enjoy sampling the numerous tapas and learning about food and culture in the area! If you have any picky eaters, let us know and we’ll make sure they get more child-friendly meals.

Are there any additional costs?
No, The cost includes all the food, drinks and guide.

What happens in the event of rain?

Luckily, we are in an incredibly sunny region where rainy days are infrequent (July averages only 1mm of rain in the whole month!).

However, if there is heavy rain on the tourday, you can choose to either continue with the tour, or you have the option of rescheduling to another day or time where there is availability. We will contact you in the event your tour will be changed.

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