Do you want to fully experience the magic of Andalusia? Consider a stop at Vejer de la Frontera, a charming pueblo blanco perched on top of a hill in the province of Cadiz.
From up there, Vejer seems to slyly and detachedly observe the traffic that flows along the national road located at its foot. Noises are a far cry from the center of Vejer, an evocative set of white houses and winding streets that does nothing to hide its Arab origins.
Several times awarded as one of the most beautiful villages in Andalusia and all of Spain, Vejer de la Frontera is itself the venue of a city competition that rewards the most beautiful patio: beauty here seems to be a natural gift.
With so much beauty, Vejer is the ideal destination for a romantic holiday but also for those who want some peace. The beaches are just a few kilometers away and invite for a longer stay.
What to see in Vejer de la Frontera
The historic center of Vejer de la Frontera is a labyrinth of narrow streets within the ancient city walls ... or rather, what remains of it today. The four entrance gates to the city and some towers are still intact.
The most important historical attractions of the city are the Church of the Divine Savior, which mixes the typical Andalusian Mudejar style with the Gothic one, and a medieval castle which houses a small museum of local history.
Both are worth a visit, but the real attraction of Vejer, the one that remains in the hearts of all tourists, is the beauty of its typical houses (vejeriegas houses) and in particular the patios, a riot of well-kept flowers and plants. Since they are private spaces, to be able to admire them in all their beauty it is necessary to participate in a guided tour.
Below the old city stands what is now considered the city center, called Plazuela. From here with a short walk you can reach it Plaza of Spain, a typical Andalusian town square full of palm trees, fountains and tiles.
I around Vejer de la Frontera they are perfect for outdoor sports such as hiking, biking and kayaking. If you prefer to laze on the beach, the seaside resort of El Palmar it can be reached by car in a few minutes. Its beach of golden sand, almost 5 km long, is much loved by those who love walking along the shore and by surfers.
Where to sleep in Vejer de la Frontera
Although the city is small and many tourists visit it during the day as a stopover in the direction of another destination, stopping for a night in Vejer de la Frontera is a great idea. In and around the city there is a good choice of hotels from cheap to luxurious and prices are on average lower than in other Spanish resorts.
It is also possible to find some particularly suggestive accommodations, such as the Rural houses far from the chaos, often in a panoramic position and delightfully furnished with typical colored tiles.
Gay couples who want something special and exclusive can stay in the Hotel Ritual Adults Only, a design hotel with a splendid swimming pool overlooking the surrounding countryside.
How to reach Vejer de la Frontera
Vejer de la Frontera is located along the busy A48, a road that connects the cities of Cadiz and Algeciras, the departure point for ferries to Africa.
Reach Vejer de la Frontera by car it is therefore quite simple: allow about an hour from Cadiz and a little more from Algeciras. If you are coming from Seville, you have to take the A4 motorway, travel time one hour and 45 minutes.
Getting to Vejer de la Frontera by public transport it's not that easy. Comes company buses connect the city to Cadiz and other regional locations. But be careful because some buses stop about 4 km from the city center and you will have to walk uphill.