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21 Mar

Once upon a time there was a fisherman

«Once there was a fisherman, I saw him, I was with him, I saw how he wove his nets, wove and wove his nets, a fisherman from here, perhaps from here and there, from the sea. 

I don’t quite remember his boat, it was white and blue and red, striped, and on the bow, his name: how to remember his name! sometimes he would go fishing, sometimes he would go out to sea, sometimes he would come back home.” 

 From here our little tribute to the fishermen of Conil. 

Conil has always been a town with a seafaring tradition, the history of Conil cannot be explained without fishing. The town was already growing around the Almadraba in times of the Phoenicians until it was consolidated as such during the 16th century. 

The natives and those who have been coming to visit Conil all their lives we remember with nostalgia and a look of happiness on our faces, those little boats stranded on the sand of the beach, the fishermen weaving their nets. Sometimes we were lucky enough to witness some artisanal beach fishing: lavás, redapiés, and above all, the Jábega, one of the main forms of fishing in Conil, which by the 18th century was the most common and profitable fishing method . 

At the end of the Civil War, there were still some Jábegas working, but after the decline of the 1960s, its end was irreversible. Its use was banned in 1982.

Thanks to this, among many other factors, and the other artisanal and traditional fishing arts, Conil has had and has this tourist attraction today; therefore, from here we offer this small tribute to those fishermen who wove the essence of a Conil that today we enjoy. Thanks!