While the beaches of the Medeterreanean may be the vacation paradise of many northern Europeans a lot of the Atlantic remains the playground of the Spaniards. Ok, in the past 10-15 years a lot of these beach towns along the Atlantic are also being frequented by folks from other countries. Conil is known for having many German tourists amongst others, but still offers some authentic Spanish life. One of the appeals to Conil is the size of the beach: wide enough to accommodate many people, and if you venture across the inlet on pedestrian bridge you'll find less people and more nature. From the beach you can see the town rise up the hill, while along the beach there still exist a few small farms, complete with horses and goats. If the sand is kicking up due to the winds (the famous levante everyone talks about) then head to the las callas, or the cliffs some 15 minutes away where the beaches are small but protected from the winds. There are also several trails running along the cliffs which are great for horseback riding or biking. If you look hard enough you may find the nude beach, too! Follow the paths for a while and you'll reach the lighthouse which overlooks a small port. In reality both the lighthouse and the man made port aren't much to look at compared to the natural scenery.
For lodging we opted for Hotel Oasis, a 2 star establishment just a block from the beach. If you request it you can get a room with a balcony with a beach view. The rooms were clean, the location very good and we paid 46 euros per night in late May, just before the rate hike in June. You get cable TV, a small fridge, full bath and air conditioning. If you don't request a balcony view you may get a room with a window onto an interior patio, making it less desirable. Still it's a good value for the area.