Conil de la Frontera
Conil de la Frontera is a city in Andalusia in southern Spain. It belongs to the province of Cádiz in the comarca of La Janda and lies between Cadiz and Gibraltar on the Atlantic Ocean, on the Costa de la Luz, the " Coast of Light ". Conil has 22.116 inhabitants ( 1 January 2013), in the summer of flow up to 80,000 tourists in this to the Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos, the route of the white villages, belonging 'white village'.
The town of Conil lived in the past, mainly from fishing and agriculture. It had the tuna fishing Almadraba, a great importance. Today, the atmosphere of the place is international and also through tourism and language schools marked.
The history of Conil dates back to the Phoenicians, 1500 BC settled in this place. Individual elements, such as the remains of a Phoenician necropolis testify to that time. The essential component of Conilensischen economy has always been fishing. The proximity to rich fishing areas made the city also always particularly attractive to invaders and looters. After Moorish settlement of the place went on the territory of Alonso Pérez de Guzmán after the conquest by the Christians. Reminded of the former lookout tower Torre de Guzman, which refers to the former military character of the village. From the city walls but has survived not much.
The city gate
The church of Santa Catalina
Convento de la Victoria
The church of Santo Espiritu
As in other coastal towns of the Costa de la Luz also, it is in the summer months, when the Spaniards make even holiday, here a little fuller and livelier. Town and beaches but are not crowded, out of season it is quieter and therefore plenty of places to stay through the winter closed. Conil is also due to favorable wind conditions for windsurfing a popular place. In the old town, with narrow streets and white houses, there are numerous shops, bars and restaurants.
Just outside to the north lies the small port of Conil. Behind the harbor is the rocky coves of Roche, which are among the most beautiful beaches of Andalusia. Various small coves can be reached via stone stairs. Above the harbor stands the lighthouse of Conil, from which can be seen from the mountains of Africa.
South dominates the Cape Trafalgar (Cabo T. ) in the Atlantic, and forms the northwestern gate pillar of the Strait of Gibraltar.
In order to boost tourism in the city, catering association organizes every year a variety of events, involving many local restaurants offering specialties of the area. On the so-called " Ruta del Atun " 2013 53 restaurants participated in the year. Are offered each different tuna dishes. Similar events are the " jornadas Gastronómicas de la Huerta de Conil ," the " Ruta de la Tapa " and the " Ruta del Retinto ".
Beach at low tide
Bay at Roche
1999 and 2013
- Festival in honor of Nuestra Señora de las Virtudes: patron saint. The ceremony will take place between 7 and 11 September. Day of the patron saint is 8 September.
- Virgen del Carmen: patron saint of fishermen. On July 16, after a Mass, a procession moves with the Carmen Virgin of the church of Santa Catalina to the harbor, where the Virgin is finally worn on a boat and a sea procession takes place.
- Pilgrimage of San Sebastian: Patron Saint. On Sunday, the closest of the 20th January, a parade of horse-drawn carriages and decorated tractors will take place. The procession starts in Conil on the Paseo del Atlántico and traditionally ends in the pine forest of El Colorado. If it rains on the Sunday in question, the romeria be postponed to the following Sunday.
- Spring Festival in El Colorado: In the first week of June there will be a big party at the fairground in El Colorado. Many competitions are held for horse owners.
- Cruces de mayo: Maikreuzigung. In May, many people decorate their houses with crucifixes, which then participate in a competition to crown the most beautiful house in order.
- Carnival: Every year at the carnival takes place in the square at Torre de Guzman takes a big carnival party in a marquee, where the inhabitants of Conil dress up and dance.
- Semana Santa: Traditional Easter processions of the participating church in Conil.
- Hogueras de San Juan bonfire in honor of San Juan. There are ignited on the summer solstice at midnight on the beaches of Conil campfire. According to legend there, " Juan y Juana " must be burned.
- Santa Catalina de Alejandria: Procession of the Holy by Conil.