This church featured in the photo is located opposite Torre Guzman and is an important icon in the village. Built in the 15th century although it has undergone several face lifts, It was parish priest Francisco de Paula Fernández-Caro who was responsible for it's current look.
It is unclear as what period or design it has, perhaps a mixture of Gothic Revival and Neo-Mudéjar with a touch of modernism.
However it is still going through aesthetical surgery as we speak, or should I say, as you read this. This may mean if you plan a visit you will be unable to take a look inside.
The church gave it's name to the square and gardens surrounding it too. It is a great square to admire some of the best features of the village while enjoying a refreshment or tapas.
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Apart from the beach the other main thing to do here is walk around the white cobbled streets of the village, admiring the fact that all the houses are white and always remembering to look in any open doorway as you are sure to find a stunning interior patio filled with plants and features.
You can also stop and grab a drink or a bite to eat in one of the many street terraces.
These are great activities to do especially if the beach is a little windy to sunbathe on!
There are also several artisan or craft shops dotted around town. Including non brand name clothing shops where you can get some one off designs or typical none brand stripy trousers or skirts (which seem to be the fashion in Andaluz beach towns).
There are several photos attached that I snapped quickly while walking my dogs around Conil on a sunny but rain cloudy bank holiday afternoon.
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Torre de Guzman
In the back ground between the palm trees in the photo along side you can see the Guzman tower named after Alonso Guzman who built it as part of fortifications to help protect the town in the 1300's.
In the 14th and 15th century it became the focal point of the village which spread around it. The plaza directly in front of the tower was the "Plaza Mayor" which means "Main Square". The townsfolk used to gather together for meetings or assemblies here.
The square was later re named ‘Plaza de Santa Catalina’ after the Church which was built there along side the tower.
The main centre of the town moved in the 19th century to Plaza España, though Torre Guzman and the surrounding plaza still seems like the heart of the town to me as it is well located on the way from the residential village to the sea front.
Tower Guzmán was renovated at the end of the 18th century (1784).
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Fed up of Sunbathing, then take a walk down the lovely sea promenade and buy some trinkets and jewellery from the craft market situated along it. Many people set up make shift stalls selling handmade items which can often be to a high standard. Perfect to buy some unique earrings, necklaces etc... They also make great presents for family back home! You can probably also find people selling sunglasses, bags and African statues.
It is a great place to enjoy a walk in the evening taking in the sights of the beach and the village. It is wide and ample to accommodate the traditional Spanish family walk. Why not take a stroll and lick a nice refreshing ice cream along the way!
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The number one reason to come to Çonil is to see long white stretches of beach backed by a small white Andaluz village instead of a concrete jungle.
It boasts 14km of unspoilt beach beauty.
The current can sometimes be strong but in general the sea is clean and bright blue.
Th beach closest to the village is a quiet family beach called Playa de los Bateles featured in the photo. Further down you can escape the families and take your bikini off if you so wish. Topless sunbathing is quite the norm in Spain.
Other beaches in the vicinity are: Playa de la Fontanilla, Playa Fuente del Gallo and Playa de Roche. El Palmar is another close unspoilt beach.
Los Bateles is a continuation of the Castilnovo beach and its salt-water river estuary which you can see running through the village to it's meeting point with the Atlantic ocean.
In the summer you can find life guards and other beach facilities including beach bars.
Fuente del Gallo is a good windsurfing beach if you prefer water sports to sunbathing.
Vejer de la frontera
to the beautiful village of Vejer de la frontera it`s just a 20 minutes ride by bus. It`s a small town high upon a hill. It`s a good chance to see one of the famous pueblos blancos. About 20 years ago, Vejer won the price for the most beautiful village of Spain.You can wander around and enjoy the moorish and jewish influenced architecture of the white buildings. If you want to stay there overnight, there are several nice looking hotels, e.g. la casa del califa, which is in the middle of the town centre and seems to be a very romantic place.
In case that the strong wind called Levante blows, it`s hardly possible to stay on the beautiful beach you can admire on my intro pic. Try to go to Roche instead, which is about 10 minutes by car from the centre of Conil. It`s a bay that protects you a little bit against Levante. Signs on the road will show you the way, you cannot fail it.
would recommend el palmar, playa zahora, bolonia for long stretches of lovely beach. Avoid canos de mecca as the beach is full of tents and druggies.
Big party scene at end of el palmar beach walk in the direction of conil! starts at 4PM
lots of lovely beach front restaurants
Los Bateles beach
If you continue walking southwards from the Conil beach you will reach the following one, called "Los Bateles". It is even wilder, not many people come here, as there are no public services (WC, lifeguard...). Some people come here for wild camping and spend several days living among the dunes.
To reach it by car, exit Conil southwards by the N-340 road towards Algeciras and soon you will find a sign to the right that says "Los Bateles".
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La Fontanilla Beach
This is the 2nd longest beach in Conil, in fact is the follow-up of Conil's only long beach...
It is my favourite, as is the closest to the place where I stay in Conil. It is in front of the "El Fuerte" Hotel.
There are several beach huts where you can have a beer, buy a bottle of water or have lunch / dinner.
Being located on a wide beach, Conil doesn't have a harbour right on town, but some kilometres away, towards the north. If you are at the beach and look right, you will see it by the little lighthouse, near the Roche cap.
To get there, drive out of Conil towards the cemetery, pass it and in the next big crossroad, turn left towards the "Faro" (lighthouse). Follow that road till the end.
Going there to see the sunset and the view of Conil is a nice activity, but going early in the morning to see how the fishing boats arrive is interesting too. If you go early enough, you can witness a fish auction...
Fuente del Gallo Beach
This is the northernmost beach of Conil. If you walk northwards by the beach from the village, you will pass by the Fontanilla beach and afterwards comes the "Fuente del Gallo".
It's a medium sized beach limited by cliffs by the north. Only locals from the nearby cottaged go there.
To reach it by car, exit the village north towards the cemetery, turn left there and go on till the end of the road.
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Conil de la Frontera
A Cadiz resort that is growing fast. Specially Germans come to this resort to enjoy of the nature os this area, beaches, hiking, water sports, nature.... and history as there are many villages around for day excursions.
Church Parroquial St. Catalina
This nice church is my favourite in the village. My sister got married here, and my youngest daughter was baptised here too.
Is widely known as "La Parroquia".
At the side is a nice little terrace with orange trees and a magnificient view.
La Olà bar
This is the bar where most of the language students meet in the afternoon.It`s a great way to kill time, just sitting there, watching the sea while drinking a Tinto de verano. They serve Tapas too.
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