Costa de la Luz Conil tuna fishing
Every year in May, after the first full moon, fishermen from towns on the Cadiz part of the Costa de la Luz, including Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes , Conil de la Frontera , and Tarifa, set up a complicated labyrinth of nets off the Atlantic coast, called the Almadraba, to catch bluefin tuna. This is a major social and gastronomic event, providing essential (if seasonal) work for fishermen, packing factories, restaurants along the coast.
Almadraba is a traditional fishing art practiced in the coast of Cádiz , and it has been practiced for more than 3,000 years. Its origins date back to the Phoenicians.
It is a fixed and selective art, and one of today’s most sustainable tuna fishing techniques. It consists of using a grid of fishing nets places near the coast to catch the tuna. The name comes for the Arabic word “Andalusí” which means a place where one hits and fights.
La Almadraba, la Pesca Tradicional del atún rojo
Known as Atun Rojo (red tuna, Thunnus thynnus) here in Spain, this dark red-coloured fish is highly prized – if you’ve ever tasted its sweet, dense yet tender flesh, you’ll know why. It’s something special. In Spain, it is eaten raw, like tuna tartare, since its superb flavour and texture means it is best appreciated without cooking.
Restaurante La Fontanilla excellent located on Playa de la Fontanilla at Conil. Here I had the most superb “Thunnus Rojo/red tuna” meal a few years ago.
Restaurante la Fontanilla
Restaurante La Fontanilla’s website, lovely photos, menu and contact details.
Another good is Restaurante el Timon de Roche well-established for many years. Located on the outskirt of Roche (Conil side) follow Avenida Irlanda down to the sea. Good fish restaurant, nice ambiance, good service, fabulous sea view from the terrace.
Facebook page Restaurante el Timon de Roche
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