Conil de la Frontera
Fishing village located on the Costa de la Luz, in the southwestern province of Cadiz, in the region of La Janda. Its main attractions are its beaches, its mild temperatures, its beautiful pine forests, its important historical legacy and of course, its elaborate gastronomy of garden and sea increasingly devoted to international recognitions. For us, Conil de la Frontera is an ideal tourist destination to visit in any season.
As typical coastal Andalusian village, Conil de la Frontera is visited by many tourists from northern Europe, German, English, Nordic mostly all year round but when summer comes the village get crowded and its population grows about five times with many families with children, youth groups, couples, among others, national and foreign tourists.
Speaking loud and clear, which attracted the most attention of this beautiful village of fishing tradition is its open, extensive and still virgin beaches of fine white sand and crystal clear waters. Many people compare them with beaches bathed by the Caribbean but do not worry, not get confused, we are in Andalusia!
Conil beaches that stretch along 14 kilometers of coastline are divided into two, north intimate coves, secluded and refugees from the winds of the East and its cliffs, where the visitor is in direct contact with nature: “Camacho”, “Melchor”, “del Aceite”, “El Frailecillo”, or “la Encendía”. To the south, the beaches of fine, large and endless sand “Bateles”, “Castilnovo”, “Fuente del Gallo” or “Puerco” beach.
The coast is conspicuous by the absence of buildings on its shores. Certain historical events have been those who have led their conservation virgin, giving to who contemplates it a strange sense of unique landscape. In this post, we told you our favorite beaches on the Costa de la Luz.
Leaving aside the beaches and coves of Conil, we can name some points of architectural and religious interest. Highlights:
- La Puerta de la Villa: known to the ancients as Puerta de Vejer, as it was beginning of the road to the neighboring town. It is one of the four gates that made the old walls of the town; landmark, point of entry and exit of Conil, which gives access to the Plaza of Spain, center of the old part of town.
- Torre de Guzmán: named the town for centuries, ordered built by D. Alonso Perez de Guzman, “Guzmán el Bueno”, in the early fourteenth century, was the nucleus around which the new town came up during the XIV and XV. La Torre was revamped in the late eighteenth century in 1784 then giving the same appearance we know today. On the ground floor (reception area) is the reception, where, in summer, you can access tourist information about the Tower, its construction and history and its relationship to Conil. One can also see images of Conil and other multimedia cultural content. On the second floor (viewing room) daily screening of the film “Torre de Guzman” occurs. On the third floor (wide area, covered de la Torre) in addition to the magnificent view panels have been installed location of points of geographical, cultural or environmental interest.
- La Iglesia de Nuestra Sra. de las Virtudes: former convent of the minimum or former convent of Victoria, the sixteenth century friars; is worshiped inside the ancient image of Ntra. Mrs. of the Virtues. In it there is a crucified Christ appears to be a work of s. XVII, which by its position and great anatomical study bears some resemblance to the Christs made by school teacher Martinez Montanes.
Conil de la Frontera also find the artistic creativity of the new Cadiz potters, ceramic works with own and very different applications and craftsmanship of vegetable fiber, rattan, rush, rushes and other, have worked in the area since time immemorial. We can also acquire Conil typical local products: preserves, such as tuna and frigate of trap, mackerel, octopus, tuna trap roe, salted, as the roe and tuna roe, products of beekeeping production as honey, pollen, etc., or the delicious pine nuts environment. We also found great virgin olive oils, wines from various parts of the province and exquisite cheeses like goat cheese payoya typical of the province of Cádiz.
Along its coastline we found several samples of military architecture that served as defense and warning during the Middle Ages, are the watchtowers. They were frequent in areas of war and fighting (hence it “de la frontera”) in addition to defend the area served to monitor and control the traps or Almadrabas.
La Almadraba is an ancient fishing technique, each spring is placed, for hundreds of years on the Cadiz coast, to catch a kind of tuna called “Bluefin Tuna”. A large tuna that comes every spring the Atlantic and across the Strait of Gibraltar to go to different parts of the Mediterranean to spawn. If you’ve never had the experience of sailing with dolphins, whales and orcas you can organize with us sightings in Tarifa Strait of Gibraltar.
Regarding Conil’s gastronomy, we recommend dishes like baked sea bream, tuna with onions and larded, stuffed squid, rice with dandelions, cabbage, peas or thistles, among others are an absolute delight for the palate. The exquisite sausages, such as chicharrones, sausages, “manteca colorá” (kind of butter) and its famous pastry Easter, rosquetes and cupcakes are the sweetest recommendations.
Special mention should be “Tuna Week” gastronomic route, which takes place in mid-June in the best restaurants in Conil to taste dishes in which the king is the fresh tuna, “pata negra sea” product from the legendary Almadrabas. We had already talked a bit of Tuna in Cadiz here.
From Conil, and traveling just a few kilometers, you can make visits to natural areas of high ecological value such as the National Parks Sierra de Grazalema and Arcornocales, the Natural Park of La Breña, the marshes of Barbate or the Natural Bay Park of Cádiz. Another option to enjoy the outdoors and quiet is the Route of the White Villages: Arcos de la Frontera, El Bosque, Grazalema, Ubrique, Olvera…amongst others.
Monumental and rich heritage cities are also within easy reach, such as Cadiz, capital of the province, with its interesting historic and charming town surrounded by sea; Jerez, home of the Carthusian horse and the best wines, are just 30 minutes. Seville, capital of Andalusia, just an hour and a quarter, while Ronda can be reached in an hour and a half.
Finally, and coming back to Conil’s information we can add two more interests:
This space is a very significant Cadiz coast where joins the countryside with coastal enclave. A clear example of balance between human beings and their farming and livestock, with mirrored coastal dynamics in influencing the territory and the uses carried out of the ground along the centuries. They remain of ancient salt fields of dry crops (mainly cereals), representing the Retinto cattle breed (indigenous cattle) incorporated into recovery plans, wells troughs, etc.
A place where they fit many natural elements and has a spectacular landscape that highlights the lookout Castilnovo, old watchtower lookout for coastal defense and surveillance, as well as traditional trap tower. Passing the Castilnovo grassland we find the beach of El Palmar, we can talk about it in another post as well as the hiking trail or bike connecting the two beaches.
Rio Salado Mouth
The river flows near the town of Conil, in the natural environment that forms the Castilnovo grassland. But the tides, the sands of the beach, etc. have changed several times its mouth, if it is generally perpendicular to the sea, at other times he has turned right and has spread past the town, on the beach of Bateles. In the days that the wind and waves are favorable, you can practice Surf and Kite, the mouth of the Salado river is an excellent spot for learning and practice the latter sport.
Festivals and fairs in Conil de la Frontera:
Pilgrimage of San Sebastián Around the January 20th
Carnival February or March
March or April Easter week
Cruces de Mayo May First
Spring Fair The Colorado first week of June
Bonfires of San Juan on June 24th
Almadraba Tuna week Mid June
Virgen del Carmen July 16th
Fair and Festival of Ntra. Mrs. of the Virtues Around September 8th
Christmas celebrations, New Year and Reyes and Finals earlier this year.
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