Tapas at the Carmen neighbourhood. Delight in a tasting of a selection of tapas as you know the amazing history of this area, with hosted such diverse elements as the Moorish district or the most famous brothel in Europe…
To go out for tapas is a very popular activity in Spain. Tapas, also known as pinchos, are small snack size portions of food.
The word “tapa” in Spanish literally means “lid” or “cover” and it is believed that its practice was born from of the fact of covering the glasses of wine with small slices of bread or cured ham to keep out insects and dust. A popular legend says that this use of the word “tapa” arose when the Catholic Monarchs, going to visit Cadiz stopped at a tavern on the road. As in that tavern had many flies, the King Ferdinand II of Aragon asked to cover his glass of wine with some slice of sausage. The landlord covered the glass of the king with a slice of salami while he pronounced the following sentence: “Here’s your tapa, your majesty.” In a short time he had become customary in Spanish taverns.
But “to go out for tapas” is not just eating tapas. It is also to socialize, to relate with people. With friends, with family, going out for tapas is always an excellent proposal to have some fun while we savour the local cuisine.
This Spanish tradition of “going out for tapas” has some particularities: Most people enjoy their tapa on foot along the bar’s counter or in small tables. Normally, several bars are visited, having one drink and snacking 1 or 2 tapas in each. If we speak about “raciones”, (portions larger than tapas) they are usually shared among the group.
CONDITIONS OF VISIT
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday
Meeting Point: Torres de Serranos.
Time: 2:30 hours
Hours: 19:00 – 21:30 Hours.