Spain Savvy Fave Properties:
Grupo Califa

Fresh off a site visit to our beloved Vejer de la Frontera, today we’d like to let the cat out of the bag and share one of the tricks we keep up our sleeve when including this amazing Andalusian village on any custom itinerary.  La Casa del Califa is a boutique hotel and the star of the Grupo Califa family, which also includes Las Palmeras del Califa, an aparthotel featuring the only pool in Vejer, and Hotel Madreselva, a beachfront property near gorgeous Caños de Meca and Cape Trafalgar.  Grupo Califa is also the proprietor of five stellar local restaurants: Jardín del Califa (on-site at the main hotel), La Tetería del Califa (also at the hotel), Califa Express (next door for a quick, to-go bite), and just down the street, Califa Tapas and Corredera 55.

On this site visit, we indulged in a dinner at Corredera 55 and were blown away by the creatively concocted dishes, superb wine and beer list, and the kind manner of the wait staff.  We ordered a local fresh tuna dish featuring 4 kinds of local algae, and an innovative chicken and noodle salad-in-a-jar with a lovely Asian dressing.  For the kids, there were chicken lollipops that they ate right up.  For dessert, we shared a decadent chocolate almond cake accompanied by a sickeningly sweet Pedro Ximenez date sauce.

Vejer, being located on the craggy Cádiz coastline and right on the Strait of Gibraltar, is known for its windiness in the early evenings and as the sun goes down it can get to be a bit much.  Grupo Califa very thoughtfully provides warm fleece blankets at their outdoor seating venues to combat this issue and thus making their customers more cozy.

You can read more about Vejer in our Destination Spotlight blog.

At Spain Savvy, we not only look for naturally beautiful and cared-for properties for our clients, but the ever-important human touch, and Califa has that part down perfectly.  From the smiling faces at reception to the warm greetings at breakfast, guests truly feel like they are at home and pampered (see aforementioned blanket mention!)  With just 27 rooms, the hotel feels like a private home and the decoration is simply gorgeous, featuring many design details imported directly from Morocco, just a short ferry ride away.

The Moroccan-inspired breakfast spread complete with the typical rghaif bread aside fresh fruits, cheeses, and practically all the fixings you could possibly imagine, does not disappoint.  And once again, the wait staff were simply on point, always asking if we needed anything and always with a smile.

The Africa Suite at Califa is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, and a spacious apartment at Las Palmeras overlooking the refreshing plunge pool with the backdrop of the whitewashed village is a wonderful place to rejuvenate and reconnect.  A small family can easily occupy any of their bigger rooms and the staff will be happy to accommodate you with an extra bed or a baby crib.  We stayed in the Luna room (pictured) with 3 small children and were quite comfortable.

If you’re thinking about visiting Vejer on your next trip to southern Spain, there’s no question about it – any of the properties of Grupo Califa should be at the top of your list.

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