14 Oct 2019

Zahara de Los Atúnes is a fishing village and also a summer tourist resort with a fantastic, Atlantic facing beach. The village is appropriately named after the fish because of the local and traditional seasonal La Almadraba (an age-old Phoenician technique for trapping and catching Atlantic bluefin tuna in elaborate nets. This technique was introduced by the Moors and takes place every May and June around which there are many fiestas). 

In a land that so honours the pig, Zahara’s red tuna is granted the title "The Ibérico of the sea".

As ever in Spain, it can leave the dedicated vegetarian feeling hungry, even the pl...

13 Oct 2019

Pristine sand and dunes with a few good restaurants await you at playa de Bolonia.

It is a surfers beach all year round, backed by the remains of a Roman settlement (The ruins of Baleo Claudia 380BC). 

The town, for the next three centuries, had a huge theatre with temples dedicated to Juno, Jupiter, Minerva and the Egyptian Goddess Isis, the Romans being equal-opportunity believers.

On the shore were the circular stone vats used to salt the tuna. 

Restaurante Las Rejas

At one end of the stunning beach, you will find this characterful family-run restaurant, serving fresh fish and seafood.

On this visit in October 2019 we...

12 Oct 2019


This rather scruffy fishing village of Barbate along the southern coast of Spain near Cádiz, has been fishing bluefin tuna using the same methods for well over 3,000 years. This traditional tuna fishing method, known as almadraba, is famous throughout Spain for catching the country’s most popular tuna.

The almadraba season is in May and June. Small fishing boats attached to giant round nets float in an ever-widening circle in the narrow Gibraltar strait between Africa and Europe. As the circle widens, the nets become taught, drawing the tuna closer and closer to the surface. When silvery fins start flashi...

21 Jan 2017


The palm fronted Hurricane Hotel sits above the beach where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, with Morocco just 15 km away across the straits of Gibraltar. It is on the coastal highway outside the town of Tarifa.

Laid back Andalusian in theme, it is set in lush gardens with a romantic dinner terrace that has views across to Africa.

The wind and kite surfing school helps make the most of Tarifa’s famous waves. 

With the quiet patio and garden, this place is a lovely retreat during the warm months. The location is a few miles drive into town, so that might be a concern if you want to try othe...

9 May 2016


A lively beach-side restaurant which is usually buzzing with relaxed holiday makers and big family groups of Locals.

It is set right on the Fontanilla beach in Conil and the freshness, quality and value of the seafood is outstanding.

The choice is wide, try........ 

Tortillitas de Camarones (shrimp fritters)

Ostras (oysters)

Cangrejo (crab)

Carpaccio de atún (tuna carpaccio)

Sashimi de atún (tuna sashimi)

Lenguado (sole)

Merluza (hake)

Lubina (sea bass)

or the local urta etc

There is a big emphasis on the use of local produce. Both olive oil for your bread, and some bottles of wine are made by the local o...

27 Apr 2016

Hotel 100% Fun

This is a great little chilled hotel with something of a Ibiza and Bali vibe.

The rooms are scattered around the grounds, mostly situated around the swimming pool area, so best to visit when it's not school holidays, as it does get busy with kids then. Although the rooms are rather close, each has a sitting area outside. The pool area is quiet and relaxed during the day as many residents will be kitesurfing.

You use the footpath to get to the beach from the hotel that goes under the busy main road.

Playa Valdevaqueros is one of the best beaches in Europe and is full of surfers and windsurfer dudes.

The sta...

26 Apr 2016


This very good restaurant, set up near the old town of Conil de la Fronera, is Basque in origin and has a wine bar restaurant appeal with solid wood tables and chairs.

There is a bar in the centre of the room, serving various excellent  wines that you can drink by the glass in very pleasant rustic yet modern décor in a light and lively setting.

The are also outside tables where you can enjoy the nearly always ever present sunshine.

The menu is large with many tapas and regular size dishes to choose from, which range from fish (tuna of course)

Almejas en una salsa picante con queso cremoso.
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