Accompanied by our Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef, you'll meander through a traditional open-air food market in the Old Quarter, and then savor a variety of flavorful Andalusian tapas at a popular restaurant in the heart of Cadiz.
Join your Bon Appétit Culinary Center Chef and local guide as you walk from the pier to the nearby old quarter of Cadiz, which is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Western Europe. Situated on a picturesque peninsula, the area is immensely historic and architecturally rich. The Cathedral is noteworthy for being built in the High Baroque style with gold and silver from the New World.
In the bustling Mercado de Abastos, you'll see firsthand the bounty of seafood and produce that arrives in Cadiz on a daily basis. The market has long been a gathering place for vendors selling local fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses and fresh fish. The lobsters tend to be particularly large, and there are plenty of more exotic items such as sea snails and sea urchins on display. You'll have some free time here to do a bit of exploring on your own and perhaps pay a visit to the Bulevar, a shop that sells pre-packaged gourmet foods.
As your appetite will surely be whetted by now, you'll continue to El Faro, a restaurant known for its traditional cuisine, especially Andalusian tapas. While the menu of these small-plate specialties varies according to what's freshest, you may be served marinated anchovies, fried shrimp omelet's, leeks topped with cheese, and dried-cured ham on apple compote, accompanied by a glass of wine or sherry.
Afterwards, you'll return to the pier, passing through several popular squares, including Plaza Mina, which is surrounded by stately Elizabethan-style homes. Following a short respite back aboard the ship, you'll convene with your tour group for a private 60-minute cooking class "Flavors of the Sea", in the Bon Appétit Culinary Center class. During the class, you'll master five cooking techniques for fish; as well as poach and taste specialties created from the items we collected during our morning market visit.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of moderate walking/standing. There may be some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The noted tour duration is approximate and includes your classroom session aboard the ship.