As a fishing town, Conil de la Frontera’s gastronomy is a celebration of seafood. Try the urta al horno (baked sea bream), cazón en adobo (marinated dog fish), atún encebollado (tuna with caramelised onions) or calamares rellenos (stuffed cuttlefish).
Ruta del atún (The tuna route) (between May and June)
Almadraba tuna is one of the most delicious delicacies in the area; healthy and rich in Omega 3, it is also good for you.
Thanks to this tradition, Conil celebrates the Ruta del Atún in which more than twenty restaurants, beach bars and hotels, including the Fuerte Conil–Costa Luz, prepare the fish using most original recipes.
Stews and meat:
Other equally intense flavours can be found in the famous stews, papas aliñás (seasoned potato salad), lomo mechado (type of roast pork), morcillas (blood sausages) and chicharrones (pork crackling).
Sweets from Conil:
Those with a sweet tooth will not be able to resist the choice of traditional sweets from Conil: rosquetes, pestiños or tortas de aceite.
Recommended places: (Approximate distances from the hotel Fuerte Conil–Costa Luz)
‘Los Hermanos’ Restaurant (a 15-minute walk)
A small family-run bar where you can try a wide range of local fresh fish-based tapas.
La Fontanilla and Casa Francisco La Fontanilla Restaurant (a 5-minute walk).
La Fontanilla is right on the beachfront of one of the most important beaches in the town. The two restaurants offer the chance to taste Conil’s freshest fish, including the typical tortillita de camarones, (shrimp fritter), sea bream or tuna.
Chiringuito El Huerto (5 minutes on foot)
This typical beach bar is just in front of the hotel Fuerte Conil – Costa Luz and offers a wide variety of dishes from Conil to enjoy by the sea.
More places offering a chance to sample a wide variety of tapas and some of the best wines from the province of Cadiz can be found around the Puerta de ‘Cai’ and in Calle Cádiz.
VEJER (20 minutes by car)
‘El Jardín del Califa’
A magnificent setting providing Arabic food, ‘El Jardín del Califa’, is a restaurant offering some of the best Moorish snacks with an intense spicy flavour.
SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA (1h by car) and EL PUERTO SANTA MARÍA (40 minutes by car)
Fresh top-quality shellfish
If Sanlucar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María are known for anything, it is for the quality of their shellfish which is always fresh and of top quality. These towns offer some of the most mouth-watering culinary attractions in the area.
Fino, the golden liquid from Cadiz
This is the best-known wine from the province of Cádiz. Highly aromatic and pale in colour, it is available dry, semi-dry or sweet and should be served chilled. Perfect for an aperitif or to accompany ham, shellfish and other tapas.