Vejer de la Frontera Travel Guide

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Vejer old town

Vejer old town

Simon Cooper

Vejer de la Frontera is a charming village set between two hills on the Costa de la Luz. The town resembles very closely the towns across the strait in Morocco. Until recently, Vejer was very traditional and unique as the town women wore long, dark cloaks that covered their faces (called cobijadas). The Moorish influence can especially be felt in the white, maze-like alleyways of the town.

The highlight of this place is just wandering around this labyrinth-like old part of town, with its patios and balconies. There is also a castle and church that are interesting to explore, mainly because of the architectural mixture of Gothic and Mudejar styles, and remains of the old defensive walls with well preserved gates.  There are good bars and restaurants, a few small well appointed hotels and B&Bs, and several shops.

As with the rest of Andalusia, summers can be very hot -- but during August a great two-week long festival takes place which includes Flamenco music, song and dance.  Other annual events are the Carnival celebrations in February, the Semana Santa at Easter, and the Toro Embolao in May (bulls are let loose in the streets).

Nearby are some of the best beaches in Spain, including El Palmar (also known as Vejer Mar), Canos de Meca, Trafalgar, Zahara de los Atunes and Conil.  Major Andalusian cities like Cadiz, Jerez, Sevilla and Algeciras, as well as Gibraltar, are also a short distance away.  For water sports lovers, the nearby town of Tarifa and its extensive beaches offer a wide range of activities (Tarifa also has a small harbour, from where ferries cross to Morocco several times a day).
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