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Conil de la Frontera

Many young Spaniards from Seville and other cities come to Conil for their holidays, and it is also popular for Andalucian stag and hen parties. But don't let this put you off - conil is not over run. Join in the fun, and be surprised by this largely unknown seaside village.

Conil's history dates back to Phoenician times, when they used it as a fishing port. In the Roman era, it was on the Via Herculea, which connected Malaga and Cadiz. In 1299, after the re-conquest from the Moors, King Fernando IV of Castille ceded the town (along with neighboring Chiclana) to Guzman El Bueno as a reward for defending Tarifa in 1292, so that it could be fortified and repopulated. The town flourished thanks to its fishing industry, and later also agriculture and livestock farming. Like many towns in the area, it was occupied by Napoleon's forces in the 19th century, and today its main sources of income are still agriculture and fishing, although tourism is becoming increasingly important. Its puerto pesquero (fishing port) is to the north, around the curve of the bay, next to the lighthouse.

To the south is the Trafalgar lighthouse and north Africa can be seen in the distance.

We took the bus the 1 hr north to Cádiz and had a great day in the compact city. We visited the Torre Tavira - Cámara Oscura. Had lunch in the market square.

Conil de la Frontera



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