Another year has flown by and it’s time for the annual “Ruta de Tapas” organised by the Almunecar tourism agency. now in it’s 6th year this is a well established event on the gastro calendar and eagerly awaited by tapas aficionados. Dates for this year, 2020, are from Fri 6th to Sat 14th March.

This year there are nearly 30 bars and restaurants on the official trail. Each will be showcasing a beer / house wine plus their tapas entry for €3.

2020 Ruta de Tapas poster

Participants include: Restaurante El Árbol Blanco, Taberna del Gala, Mesón Gala, Restaurante La Ventura, Salibre Playa, De la Flor Gastrobar, Taberna Ayer, Bar Blas Infante, Cervecería El Bribón, La Despensa de la Abuela, Mesón Marí y Miguel, Cervecería Cortijillo Playa, Selva Fusión, Casa La Parra, Rosa Negra Gastrobar, La Tasca, La Mar de Gambas, Restaurante Gabazo, Bar Manila, El Convento, Restaurante Firmvm, El Lerele, Mesón Petete, Bahía Gastrobar, La Tralla, Bar Salva Playa, El Molino y Rinconcillo del Papeo.

As always there will be ‘passports’ available at the participating venues, as well as at the tourism office for your use in navigating your way around all the entrants and voting for your favourites. 60% of the total score will be from your votes, with the remaining 40% being made up from a panel of 5 “secret shoppers” who will sample the delights on offer in total and absolute secrecy by means of wearing spectacles with false moustaches attached.

Each entrant will be submitting a fixed price tapa and drink for €3 during the competition period. More details of each venue, as well as their individual tapas can be seen on the official ruta de tapas web site

Please do vote for your favourites, as it means a lot to the winners and runners up. In order for your votes to count, you will need to have visited at least 5 establishments, and have had the corresponding box on the passport stamped. Completed passports can be filed at the Town Hall, or the tourism offices on Paseo Altillo or by the Aquarium until 20th March. Each correctly completed passport will be entered into a raffle for some superb prizes as well!