Conil de la Frontera House Rental Photos and Description
2bed 2bath terraces private garden back & front porch dg fgch, broadband sat TV
San Andres Golf Costa la luz 2 bed, 2 bath townhouse (DG, GCH & wood burner), communal pool, private garden,Sky TV German Satellite TV wifi
A suggestion and small selection
of what is available locally . . . .
Theatres, Concerts, Cinema, Exhibitions, Local Ferias and Events
This area is alive with old traditions and culture and an excellent monthly guide is:
During the spring, early summer and autumn you can often see flamenco – spontaneous or formal at the village ferias. Heats for the national competition also take place in Cadiz old town close to the gardens. Also in the theatres such as the Cortes Theatre in San Fernando or in Chiclana or Cadiz or Cordoba but also in the open air on a summer weekend by the Guzman Tower in Conil.
Situated in the heart of Cadiz old town not far from the Town Hall is a permanent venue . . . . and this troupe are very good, very passionate with a guitarist, cantor, one male dancer and two female dancers . . . best to book and to book a table close to the stage. It is possible to eat beforehand and the performance starts usually at 9.30.
Telephone: 956 21 18 66
Ferias, Bullfighting and bull running
Firmly entrenched in the Spanish way of life . . . . . . the hills around the LaJanda plain are often covered with herds of cattle and fighting bulls . . .
Chiclana has a bull ring, the bull ring at Ronda dates back to Roman times and at Alcala de los Gazules [a nearby hilltop village] there is bull running during their feria.
The local tourist offices are best to find where the nearest ferias are . . . . El Colorado’s takes place in mid-June and Conil’s and Tarifa’s is early in September . . .
Local Tourist offices
Telephone : 956 214 635
Telephone 956 49 73 56
Telephone: 956 44 05 01
Restaurants – a selection . . . .
Franciscos Fontanilla beach
The furthest of two with the blue tables. Need to book for lunch and supper especially if you want a table nearest the sea – right on the beach. Very good seafood.
Telephone 956 44 08 02
La Ola Fontanilla beach
Good laid back beach bar: bbq, tapas bar, live music as sun sets just beyond Francisco’s
La Castilleria, Santa Lucia
Open air restaurant specialising in meats – good portions
Must book one week in advance in summer.
Take the road to Vejer; motorway peters out and a few hundred yards later is a filter to the left. Take this and do an immediate “U” turn. As you go back along the road no more than a couple of hundred yards you’ll see telephone cables strung across the road and immediately a small turning to Santa Lucia. Continue up to the church square and park. Walking to the left past the monument you’ll see steps up to the restaurant and hear some light jazz above the water rushing off the old roman viaduct . . . select your choice cut of meat for the main course – starters and sweets also good. Need to book at peak times [mid to late afternoon and late evening] – believe office closed on Fridays.
Telephone: 956 45 14 97
On the way to Fontanilla beach – very nice environment, excellent food. In my opinion the menu at this restaurant is one of the best in Conil . . . . . owned by the same family who own Francisco’s fontanilla
Telephone : 956 44 27 55
Extremely Spanish, extremely unrefined but brilliant seafood. Located at back of stony car park on road up from Conil fishing port/fish auction yards to the Roche lighthouse [brilliant views across Conil to El Palmar and Trafalgar]. Just turn up – could be closed, could be open but usually is [in summer].
In Roche, overlooking the beach. Great for morning coffee or evening drink on terrace, excellent cuisine . . . overlooking the ocean. Very nice family - keen sailors.
Telephone: 956 44 62 32
El Roqueo [Tel: 956 440 205]
On the headland to the far right of Fontanilla beach [can be accessed from beach or top road leading to Flamenco Hotel] – good food and the mirador is a good spot for sunset.
On the way to Vejer [close to La Muela]
Telephone ; 956 44 84 63
Antonio’s in El Colorado
Good for a late meal / to avoid eating in – leg of lamb is superb; aim for outside or at the back to avoid smokers around the bar.
El Jardin del Califa, Vejer
Main entrance is in Plaza Espana. There is often parking in the square but if not go through the square and down the hill where there is a large car park and it is then a short walk up the hill – when you see to your left a pretty calle full of flowers this is the courtyard entrance.
Good Moroccan food, music, old environment.
Telephone : 956 44 77 30
Conil Friday morning “street” market
Good for dried fruits, dates, nuts, olives, herbs, spices etc plus beach clothes, antiques/bric-a-brac, ordinary clothes, shoes etc etc] on the road to Fontanilla beach not far from the Mercadona.
Conil in the evening
Best to approach via Fontanilla [as centre pedestrianised] and turn left at the sea then right at the mini roundabout and park along the promenade and walk up to Santa Catalina square.
There are arts and crafts stalls and a stage beside the Guzman Tower [often at weekends some good flamenco and/or singers with backing groups] and if you walk up the alley way beside the old police station you come to Calle Hospital and a row of very good ice cream parlours which the kids will also enjoy - even at midnight there are plenty of children running around.
Nearby El Colorado has everything you might need: a couple of supermarkets [one with an in-house bakery], chemist, newsagent, traditional restaurants, a takeaway pizzeria, Estancos, veterinary surgeon and a number of small shops.
Really worthwhile, however, is the Mercado de Abastos in Chiclana [opened in March 09] for fresh meat, fresh fish [not Mondays], fresh and cooked meat, cheeses, bread, tinned specialities, fruit and vegetables. Parking is in the multi-storey car park in basement [simplest to go down one level. Beforehand we always have breakfast in the square outside . .
When driving into Chiclana turn left at the roundabout before the bridge and continue along a narrow road with the bandstand and river on right and take first turn left [signposted Mercado de Abastos]. At the end of that road on the left is the entrance to the car park.
La Tangerina, Rue du Sultan,Tangiers
Lovely riad, very nice people [Farida, her sister Fouzia and Farida’s husband Juergen], brilliant ocean views from roof terrace in middle of Medina next to the Kasbah and Soukh. Short journey from port. Only 40 mins by high speed ferry from Tarifa [an hour or so from San Andres/Conil]. Best to drop off passengers at gate to port then drive along the road which winds up the hill and park anywhere there that you can find space.
Tarifa itself is vibrant with heavy north African influence but still very western compared to the real thing. The Hurricane hotel [on the right going to Tarifa possibly mid-way is worth a stop off for coffee on the way].
Wind, Board and Kite Surfing
A good site for local conditions, centres and equipment is
Kite surfing: Mirador Castilnovo [ far end of Bateles beach, Conil by estuary]
666 527 904
Surfing: El Palmar Surf – carretera Conil-los canos 6.5km
956 232 137
Golf – a selection of local courses
El Campano Golf
Set amongst San Andres with plenty of water features, pines, olive trees; a testing but fair 18 hole course with practice ground, pro shop, buggies and a restaurant. Try to speak with Fernando.
Telephone 956 49 30 81
Novo Sancti Petri: Tel: 956 49 40 05
now with 54 holes – 3 first class championship courses [including Sea & Pines  considered by many to be Seve Ballesteros’s finest masterpiece].
Benalup [30 minutes]
956 424 928
Benalup Golf is situated in a unique environment with stunning views over the 'La Janda' valley and the 'Los Alcornocales' natural park.
The Benalup Golf Course is the result of the collaboration between several professionals. The course has been designed by the architect Baron Paul Rolin, a former partner of Robert Trent Jones.
Dehesa Montenmedio Golf & Country Club
Tel: 956 455 004 [A-48 km 42.5 [post on roadside] just beyond Vejer]
Ringed by majestic trees, Montenmedio’s 18 hole par 72 course is 5,930 meters long, covering gently rolling terrain. The unbeatable quality of its tees and greens blend in perfectly with their natural surroundings, guaranteeing excellent play
Other courses in the province:
A number of local stables – one five minutes away from San Andres on the road to Lomo de Sancti Petri, [Hipica cortijo Calinka]which also offers beach riding –out of season
Telephone : 693 747 211
There are several others all making the best of the pine woods, open countryside and the beaches: one close to El Roqueo, another in Novo Sancti Petri and at Montenmedio
About forty minutes drive away is the world famous Real Escuela at Jerez with presentations demonstrating superb horse control and dressage
Telephone 956 31 80 13
Horses: National Stud
Also close to Jerez is the Yeguada Cartuja which is very interesting and enjoyable especially for eventers, breeders, pony club members and everyone who has a love of horses
Telephone: 956 16 28 09
Details for 11 Los Jardines de San Andres 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms
- unsuitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome
- pets considered
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the manager
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to say we had a really lovely time in your place and had a fantastic 2 weeks.
The area was great. We preferred Fontanilla beach in the end as the waves were not too high for the kids (3 and 6) and it wasn't too busy. We went to the restaurant there that you recommended twice and it was excellent. The first time we ordered sea bass that was amazing but when the bill came in at 42E just for the sea bass for 2, we knew why. It was a meal to remember so it was worth it. However, the paella style dishes were also delicious and better value for money perhaps.
We went to Barrossa beach a few times and enjoyed it and also a couple of others whose names escape me right now.
We visited Tarifa and thought perhaps you might mention it a bit more in your blurb to people as it has a really nice feel to it, lots of great tapas places (we found via time out guide) and is good for a general mooch around.
We loved Cadiz, Conil in the evening and did succeed in buying the meringues at the market (a good local tip). We never actually went to Chiclana, madly enough as time just flew by.
We tried lots of times to get a table at la Castilleria but could never get in. They suggested just turning up and trying our luck but earlier. We tried at 9.15pm and it already had 6 groups waiting. Eating this early must be unheard of in the rest of Spain so we knew it must be good. We ended up going to La Tajea in the same village just past the pizzeria and it was very good. The meat was delicious and the setting quite fun. I am sure it isnt as good as La Castilleria but thought you might want to mention it to visitors as a 2nd option if they cant get in.
Other things to mention are that Kay was great. We called on her more than we would have liked but she was very helpful.
We thought the house was lovely and really enjoyed having the indoor space besides the outdoor. The spec is high too which is often not the case when arriving at a holiday rental.
Nice to get clean bedlinen and towels after a week. Loved having the dishwasher and washing machine. The pool was great and the kids were in it every day. Worth saving the kids toys we left as it saves expense for future families.
We had a great time and would recommend it to others.
K.O., UK July 2009.