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If you are not from Galicia, this could be the best way to get to know the names of its tasty shellfish. You may also enjoy areas such as Abastos 2.0, which are inside the market and where a weekly menu is prepared with seasonal products; or Mariscomanía, where you can have your groceries cooked if you want to. There are also stalls where you can buy hand-made tins of food, jams, oils and a wide variety of local gourmet products.
2· Cádiz · Mercado Central
In the Mercado Central of Cádiz shrimps are so fresh that they almost seem like they’re jumping around, apparently full of joy, to welcome you. This is one of the most interesting places in the capital of Cádiz: not just due to its almost two centuries of history, but because it is here where the essence of the most southern province of the Iberian Peninsula can be discovered.
You can find within its fifty stalls devoted to seafood massive fillets of swordfish, shellfish with very curious names and fishes that look so good that almost demand to be eaten raw. Not to talk about the incomparable shades of red of the tuna that swims in the waters of the Strait of Gibraltar. You should not miss trying retinto beef, from the cattle which grazes outdoors on lands of Vejer de la Frontera or Tarifa and whose heads of cattle may be watched strolling peacefully around Bolonia beach while you enjoy the sun.
There is also within this Mercado Central a so called Rincón Gastronómico (Gastronomic Space) where you can try Maire -the local beer-, have some fresh juices and milkshakes, taste a wide variety of tapas or discover the Gadisushi, Japanese cuisine mixed with flavours from Cádiz.
And if you feel that this was not enough, you should know that this food market is located in the very centre of Cádiz, very close to places such as the Plaza de las Flores or the beautiful Torre Tavira, where you can find a perfect view of the whole Tacita de plata. La Viña neighbourhood, which is equally traditional and tasty, is also only a few steps from the market: it is a mandatory walk for every visitor of Cádiz.