Spain Savvy Destination Spotlight: Vejer de la Frontera

Vejer de la Frontera is one of those secret locations that locals are hesitant to give away so as not to spoil its treasures.  Tucked away in a corner of the Cádiz province atop a cliff with beautiful vistas of the nearby coast, this picturesque village is simple yet fabulous, and chock-full of surprises.

Historically, and mostly due to its geographical position, its been an enclave for all the civilizations that have passed through Andalusia – beginning with the Romans, then during the long period of Arab rule, and then falling to the Christians along with the rest of Spain during the Middle Ages.  Vejer has historically protected the commercial fishing industry, including the famous «almadraba» tuna fishing process.

With a few excellent lodging options, we almost always suggest the Casa del Califa with its lovely rooms, wonderful service and delicious Moroccan restaurant, Jardin del Califa.  If you don’t end up staying here, at least come for a meal or for a poke around.

Also highly recommended for more of a rural retreat (or a fabulous destination wedding venue – the English couple who refurbished the property do rent it out for exclusive use) is the luxurious Casa de la Siesta just on the outskirts of town.

If you come between the months of April and October, you must visit nearby El Palmar beach with its fun hippie-chick/surfer-dude beach bars, and long stretches of gorgeous virgin beaches.  A huge bonus – there are no high rise hotels in sight as this area is legally protected for environmental reasons from being marred by tourism.

For those who travel to Vejer in the off-season, there’s still so much to do in the town itself.  Explore the cobblestone streets, getting lost in time while walking along the original, fortified walls and prominent gates that surround the old town, and enjoy delicious food and wines at some of the acclaimed restaurants and tapas bars, such as Corredera 55, Casa Varo or La Oficina.  Being close to the coast usually means you’ll find excellent seafood, especially tuna, but you may also be surprised by the high quality of meat in this area of Spain.

If you’re a real foodie, Spain Savvy will put you in touch with Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen, a delightful cooking workshop run by our friend Annie, who draws from local ingredients and almost always serves her guests a splash of local sherry wine on her beautiful terrace dining area overlooking the whitewashed town.

Vejer’s Plaza de España, also known locally as «Plaza de los Pescaitos» (Little Fish Square), named for the goldfish who used to swim in the central fountain, is an ideal place to stroll around on a hot summer evening.  See if you can count all the marine life motifs in the tile work decorations!

Vejer is a secret that Spain Savvy would love to share with you on your next trip to southern Spain.  Contact us today to get started on your custom itinerary.

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