Conil is a small but growing town full of art and heritage, whose main activities are fishing and farming, with tourism a more recent but equally important development.
Conil de la Frontera - view from beach
It lies on the Atlantic coast of Andalucia, on the Costa de la Luz, just off the main road between Cadiz (45km) and Algeciras (90km).
Founded by Arabs, the legacy of Islamic Spain is still evident in the architecture of its typical narrow streets, white-washed buildings and charming squares.
The town has managed to preserve its authentic Andalucian atmosphere, and the calendar is peppered with fiestas supported by local Spanish families and tourists alike. The atmosphere in Conil is always friendly and there is something for everyone.
Fuente del Gallo
Fuente del Gallo is a small mature development overlooking the sea, about 2km north of the town of Conil. The houses that line the palm lines avenues are owned by people from a variety of countries, though the bulk are Spanish, British or German owned. The residential area includes the modern Hotel Flamenco and the Bar/Restaurant Fuente del Gallo to which is attached a small supermercado . There is an excellent sandy beach, overlooked by cliffs, which stretches 16km south to Conil, Cape Trafalgar and beyond - in fact the famous battle must have been visible from the cliffs at Fuente del Gallo. The coast of North Africa, about 50km away, is visible on a clear day.
Cliffs above Fuente del Gallo beach, looking towards Conil
A few kilometres in the direction of Cadiz, at Chiclana, the sherry country starts; Cadiz is about a 50 min drive away and sits on a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea – an historical port considered to be the oldest city in the west; then it’s another half hour drive on to Jerez, which gave its name to sherry. Beyond Jerez lies Donana National Park for the nature lovers and bird watchers amongst us; then further still is Sevilla, an enchanting city full of history and culture – a favorite amongst visitors and, as it’s less than 2hrs drive away, it is definitely worth a day trip.
To the south lies Cape Trafalgar (approx. 10km) and beyond, Tarifa, an area renowned for its long, golden beach and windsurfing – although the strength of the wind off the Atlantic attracts mainly the enthusiastic kite flyer and accomplished windsurfer! Continuing south, there are some pretty impressive wind farms and, at points, the blades of these enormous structures appear to overhang the road. At the most southern tip of Spain, Algeciras offers day trips to Morocco, a haven for sightseeing and shopping. Gibraltar too offers a good day out with an intensely British feel as it is dotted with pubs, shops such as M&S and Woolworth and has a high percentage of English speaking inhabitants.
Two other towns close by which deserve a particular mention are Vejer (15 km) and Arcos (80km). Both conform to the typical Spanish town - a mass of white buildings clinging precariously to cliff tops, offering attractive architecture, tranquil walks through narrow cobbled streets and café terraces overlooking breathtaking views.