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A cute white town on the coast, that’s Conil de la Frontera. Chilling on the beach, walking around town, and eating local specialties. The town is certainly not big, making it perfect for a day trip. Find out what to expect from and do in Conil de la Frontera.

This is Conil de la Frontera

Conil de la Frontera is located in the south of Spain, in the province of Cádiz, on the Costa de la Luz. The word frontera means “border”. That addition dates from when Conil was on the border of the Moorish and Christian empires.

Conil de la Frontera is a nice place to visit all year round, although it is much quieter in the winter than in the summer. There are no less than 14 kilometers of coastline with beautiful beaches. A long promenade runs along the Playa de los Bateles beach.

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Conil de la Frontera boulevard tuna: artwork on the boulevard

Conil de la Frontera: free from mass tourism

You will find more than enough beach bars and restaurants, but it is not overcrowded yet. Conil de la Frontera didn’t even make it to Andalusia’s Lonely Planet! Especially Spanish tourists know how to find their way to Conil de la Frontera. Although you will always meet a Dutch person – we are everywhere!

What to do in Conil de la Frontera

If you visit Conil de la Frontera, there are some fun things to do and see. It is only a tiny village, so you can tick off a lot of sights in a few hours.

Fishermen’s quarter: Barrio de los Pescadores

Follow the promenade along the beach to the end, where the cannon and a boat are (here), and start exploring the neighborhood. You will find yourself in the fishing district of Barrio de los Pescadores. It is a cute neighborhood of white houses, narrow alleys, and lovely details such as colorful flowers and cheerful street signs.

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Wander through the streets and make a short stop at the mill. This was the only mill in Conil de la Frontera at the beginning of the 18th century. Only the Duke of Medina Sidonia was allowed to grind wheat at the time, and Conil de la Frontera inhabitants were forced to go to Vejer de la Frontera to grind their grain.

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Conil de la Frontera mill

Old Santa Catalina church

The Santa Catalina church is the large white church on the square of Conil de la Frontera. But it’s not really a church anymore. It now hosts events, such as concerts and exhibitions. In front of it is a pretty square with palm trees. The cafés only come to life in the spring, making it a perfect spot for long evenings.

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The new Santa Catalina Church

If there is an old Santa Catalina church in Conil de la Frontera, there must be a new one too. This is the Santa Catalina church that is still in use. If the door is open and there is no mass, you are welcome to look inside. The church is on a small square with a few restaurants and bars. You can look out over the city on the plateau in front of the church.

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Small art gallery Mercado de Arte

Around the corner from the Arco de la Villa city gate is a small market with some artists’ stalls. It’s more of a market than a gallery. It’s nice to check out and maybe have a chat with the artists. And who knows, you might find a nice local souvenir.

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La Chanca: tuna museum in Conil de la Frontera

In the past, the La Chanca building was used as a tuna factory, storage, and fish market. So there is no better place for a tuna museum in Conil de la Frontera. But the La Chanca complex is much bigger than the tuna museum. There are also a library and offices, for example. But the little tuna museum is probably the most interesting part for a quick visit. Quick, because there is not much to see, you only get a rough idea of the local fishing techniques (called Almadrabera). So pop in if you’re there anyway.

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Tip! Are you in the region around May/June? Then check if you can go to the Ruta del Atún. Many restaurants cook up the tastiest dishes with tuna. More info and upcoming dates.

Climb the Torre de Guzmán watchtower

Well, climbing sounds like quite an undertaking, but it’s okay. The Guzmán Tower is not that high. The tower is the last piece left of the castle that once stood here and is the very first building ever in Conil de la Frontera. Right next to the tower is a small ethnographic museum where you can see how people lived in Conil de la Frontera throughout history.

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Parking in Conil de la Frontera

It is easiest to park your car here in Conil de la Frontera. Everything is within walking distance. Please double-check which part is paid parking and which is free parking. In winter, the back part (at the skate park) is free. Whether that is still the case in the summer, I cannot say for sure.

If you still need to arrange a rental car, compare Sunny Cars and EasyTerra prices. They rent all-inclusive. I like both companies, so take your pick.

Hotels in Conil de la Frontera

Is a day in Conil de la Frontera not enough? Then find a hotel in Conil de la Frontera. For example:

More Spain inspiration?

  • Accommodation. All-time favorites: Booking.com and Campspace. Rather stay in a hostel? Try HostelWorld.
  • Activities. You book the best tours and activities with GetYourGuide and Viator. Another good option is WithLocals. And Freetour.com and GuruWalk both offer ‘free’ walking tours, while Baja Bikes has bike tours.
  • Attractions and museums. Get a 5% discount at Tiqets on museums and attractions with the discount code: KIMOPREIS22
  • Boat. You can catch a boat to Mallorca from Barcelona, for example. Book your ticket at Balearia. You can also get to the other Balearic Islands with Balearia. Compare ferry prices at Direct Ferries.
  • Bus and train. Travel to Spain with NS International or Flixbus. Other useful companies are Busbud, 12go, and Omio, also for buses and trains within Spain.
  • Car rental. My go-to car rental companies are EasyTerra and Sunny Cars as they have all-inclusive / worry-free offers. Want to compare more prices? Check out Discover Cars.
  • Flights. Have a look at Transavia and Vueling, but do compare prices! Definitely check out Momondo, Skyscanner, and Kiwi.
  • Money. Your debit and credit cards may not get accepted everywhere. You could opt for a Revolut card as an additional card when you travel. 
  • Package deals. Rather go on a catered trip? From The Netherlands, there is plenty of choice. ANWB vakanties, Tui, Shoestring or Sawadee, of rather D-reizen, Sunweb, Corendon or Vakantie Discounter?
  • SIM card. Beware of unexpectedly high calling and internet costs. Buy a local SIM card when you arrive, or arrange one online via Airalo.
  • Travel gear. Buy your gear at Bever or Decathlon, or simply at Bol.com.
  • Travel guides. Let’s get you ready for your trip! Order a travel guide to browse through. For example, at Bol.com or Amazon.
  • Yoga retreat. Or why not treat yourself to a yoga retreat in Spain!

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