House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A lovely, comfortable little beach house for a relaxing kick-back. Fantastic large back terrace is paved and has a brick-built bbq. Child-friendly. Brand new appliances and beds bought 2013, a well-provisioned house.
2 bedrooms: one sleeps 3 people (1 single, 1 double-bed) and the other has a double bed.
1 bathroom: with shower (another shower in back garden to wash off the sand!)
A guide of things to do is provided if you want to venture from the beach. Wonderful local manageress speaks German, English and Spanish and is helpful and professional (pre-arrival shopping service provided for example). Kid-friendly items such as travel-cot etc, available on request.
40 minute drive from Jerez (JRZ) airport (cheap flights with RyanAir), on smart new coast road, straight to El Palmar exit. Seville is 1.5 hours away. See travel section for more info.
Beach: El Palmar
Great quality sand, and normally gentle waves. Nudist beaches also available (10 minute walk away). Perfect for learner surfers and families.
Not highly developed - think sand-dunes and super laid-back bars and restaurants (no English sports bars;), but with a chemist, supermarkets and take-out pizza & other good restaurants on hand (summertime). Fantastic artisan market, surf schools, kite-surfing, golf courses, and horseriding are some of the more active things available locally. Stylish bars are scattered along this coastline all the way to Tarifa (e.g. Canos de Meca), catering to the funky Madrid crowds that come here in August in their droves. Its worth renting a car, to give you access to so many interesting places in the area.
A 5 minute drive into Conil offers many, many restaurants. bars and action.
Local cafe has free-wifi.
Generally fantastic, but can sometimes get the wind from Africa (El Levante). Plenty of other things to do on such days - certain beaches are protected from the wind, or explore the beautiful white-washed local towns of Vejer & Conil - or venture further afield to Cadiz, Gibraltar, Seville or even Morocco. In winter the average temperature is 16-20 degrees.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||El Palmar 300 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Jerez or Seville|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Costa de la Luz region
The best months to visit are June/July and September/October because the average daily temperature ranges from 23-27degC and you'll miss the Spanish holidays in August. Here, temperatures jump to 30-35degC, and at times the midday sun can be quite fierce. Outside the traditional holiday period, Easter is a very popular time as the fields of sunflowers are in full bloom and the local residents celebrate in style with many street parties and traditional baby bull runs through the streets of Vejer. During late March and April, the temperatures are very pleasant, averaging 20-22degC
The area has not suffered from the over-development that characterises some of the other Spanish Costas despite having some of the most spectacular beaches in Spain, backed, not by ribbons of development, but by sand dunes, marshland, farmland and dense pine forests. With an average of 3200 hours of sunshine per year (the highest in Spain) and cooling sea breezes off the Atlantic ocean, it is a haven for holidays at all times of the year.
Between late June and early September, the Costa de la Luz is still largely the preserve of Spanish holidaymakers. Out of high summer season (and except for Easter) there are few tourists, though the weather in Spring and Autumn is often perfect.
There are three surf schools operating in El Palmar (mostly out of high season). There are also several 18 hole golf courses in Roche, and the stunning 36 hole Severiano Ballesteros designed golf course at Novo Sancti Petri. Kite-surfing is very popular along this stretch of coast, particularly in Tarifa.
Eating out - The choice locally (including Conil) ranges from beach shacks to haute cuisine. The prices vary accordingly, but generally it is cheap to eat out. There are numerous restaurants along the beach road. Remember that the Spaniards eat late in the evening - often after 10 at night. Children are always welcome and sharing of plates is normal. Just order something and then order something else. Take a dictionary because not all restaurants have menus in English (though many do). Go where the Spaniards go and enjoy!!
Self-catering is easy with local shops, supermarkets, hypermarkets and even shopping malls all within striking distance.