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Shw’mae? That’s Welsh for ‘hello’.  I’m Miguel Angel Tapia, Pintxo chef at Curado Bar and Cardiff newbie, having moved to the city late last year from my native home town of Málaga in the Costa del Sol.


If Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid can make it past the current Premier League and Bundesliga champions then their fans can look forward to joining the thriving Spanish community that already exists in Cardiff. I work as a waiter at Curado Bar in the city centre, where local Spaniards often come together over tapas and Tinto de Verano for a slice of Galician bar life in the Wales’ capital.

I may have only been here a few months, but it hasn’t taken me long to get to know the very best that Cardiff has to offer; from castles and culture to dining and dancing. Here’s a guide to my Cardiff highlights…

Why I Love Cardiff

Cardiff has everything I could want from a city: friendly people, endless landmarks to explore and beautiful green spaces – all within walking distance. Although there are big differences between Cardiff and Málaga (mainly the climate!), both cities share the same philosophy of making the most of life all year round, and that for me is what makes the city special.

My Cardiff Legend

Cardiff-born Archibald Dickson was a British boat captain who was in command of the freighter named Stanbrook, which was anchored in the port of Alicante in the final days of the Spanish Civil War in 1939. On seeing the thousands of refugees in the harbour, Archibald went against the order he had received from the freighter’s owner not to evacuate civilians and welcomed them on board. In total, he rescued 2,638 Republican refugees who were about to fall into the hands of the pro-Franco side, taking them to safety in French Algeria.

Make the Welsh capital your next city break? We’ll have the Tinto de Verano on ice at Curado Bar for you.