The Villas Flamenco Beach is a secure group of apartments overlooking a fabulous coast in the direction of Cape Trafalgar and with easy access to the beach. In clear weather, you can see Morocco from the balcony. It is well managed by very personable and helpful staff who make you feel very welcome. It's necessary to let reception know when you're arriving so that they can open the electronic gate. There's a pleasant parking area just inside the gate, within a short walking distance of your apartment. After you've checked in, you have a key to activate the gates.
This is a holiday for those who prefer to look after themselves. The lower apartments have access to a lawn, while the upper apartments have a good sized balcony and steps up to the roof for sunbathing or just watching the sunset. The apartment is clean and comfortable. Facilities are good: for example, if you want to cook your own meals, there's a modern kitchen with cooker, microwave and dishwasher, and loads of cupboard space and utensils. If you prefer to eat out, there's plenty of choice in Conil or the surrounding area.
We particularly appreciated the quietness of the apartments. It was hard to know if there were other people around, but there were! It was relaxing and stress free.
The extensive beach at Conil is clearly a favourite place for the Spanish to visit especially at the weekend. The beach is long and the sand very clean and shelves gently. There's masses of space for people even on a busy weekend. Swimming in the sea is fine for those who like large waves. The beach can be accessed via the grounds of the nearby hotel, and then there's a good walk towards the town of Conil with good beach restaurants 'en route'.
Villas Flamenco Beach is located at Fuente del Gallo, to the west of Conil. When driving into Conil, there are a series of roundabouts that lead you to Fuente del Gallo, past the Mercadona supermarket (which is well worth visiting especially if you want to be wowed by the fish counter). Finding the apartments for the first time is a bit difficult, and a direction map would be helpful. Villas Flamenco Beach is just beyond the Hotel Flamenco, along a one-way street. They share a similar name but are different businesses.
This is a great area for exploring the region. A drive to Tarifa - the closest point to Africa - is recommended, especially for watching the kite surfing or taking a boat to go whale watching. We were lucky to see a Sperm whale coming into the Meditarranean, surrounded by pilot whales and dolphins.
Jerez is about half an hour's drive away and is a lovely town to walk around. The Academy of Equestrian Arts is well worth a visit to see the Andalucian horses performing. Also the Alcazar with its Moorish designs and the 'camera obscura'. Cadiz, by contract, is a very busy city with an interesting port area and beach frontage if you can park the car successfully!
The Costa de la Luz is a part of Spain which has not been over developed and hopefully will stay that way so that those who prefer natural landscapes and a more 'laid back' holiday can continue to go there.