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  • The Jewish Quarter

    by blint Updated Apr 13, 2008

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    In many of the towns and villages in Spain you will find an old Jewish Quarter. This is the area of the town where many Jewish people lived until they were driven out of Spain by the Spanish Inquisition. It dates back to the 13th-15th Century.

    In the photo you can see a photo of the start of La Juderia (Jewish Quarter) in Vejer. These days apart from the star of David in the cobbles and the signs telling you where you are there is no other evidence that the Jews resided here. Namely due to the fact there are no Jews left here. Even the Restaurant, which is just at the end of the alley in the photo, just sells Spanish food despite it's name (Meson de la Juderia) so don't go in their expecting Jewish culinary delights.

    The view in the photo is perhaps the most famous of Vejer.

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  • Trafalgar

    by blint Written Feb 23, 2008

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    Only nine miles from Vejer you can find Trafalgar! No, it's not just a square in London. Atually the square got it's name from here, as this is where Nelson won his famous battle against the Spanish Armada and the French in 1805.

    It is a beautiful beach with a lighthouse and also many lovely little bars nearby. You can also come here to do kite surfing as it can get quite windy here!

    In the photos attached you can see the beach and also a nearby pub which has a lovely open fire, great for cold kite surfers!

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  • Plaza España

    by blint Updated Feb 23, 2008

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    Featured in the photo is Plaza España with this lovely fountain. look closely and you will see little frogs spouting out water.

    This is a real focal point of Vejer and in the summer you will see the locals congregate here in the evening. socialising with their neighbours.

    You can also find some nice cafes and restaurants as well as an Arabic tea room which is accessed through the hotel situated in the plaza.

    Also called Plaza Pescaitos (little fishies square!).

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  • Mirador

    by blint Updated Feb 23, 2008

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    This is the look out point from the heart of the village. It can be found by the statue of the lady dressed in black. You are looking down into the 'newer' part of the village. Down there you can find an internet cafe and a second hand English book store.

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  • Windmills

    by blint Updated Feb 22, 2008

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    You can also go along to visit these wonderful old windmills which date back to the beginning of the XIX century.

    It was the duke of Medina Sidona that built the first two windmills known in the area as Buenavista to mill wheat. Before that there were only water mills.

    The windmills are a little out of the way, but easily walkable from the centre of the village. Follow the road signs of ask friendly local to direct you.

    There is no museum or anything here but I think they are really worse admiring and you get to see great views from the part of the hill they are on.

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  • Patios/Casa del Mayorazgo

    by blint Updated Feb 22, 2008

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    Another interesting thing you can do while you are here is take a look at the many indoor patios typical of Andalucia.

    People normally decorate them with flowers and flower pots. This photo was taken in February when unfortunately the flowers haven't started to bloom yet.

    Be careful as they are private property although most people don't mind you taking a look. Just be respectful and keep your voices down, especially in the afternoon which is siesta time.

    In the photo you can see the patio of Casa del Mayorazgo which is a Baroque house dating back to the XVIII century.

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  • Archways

    by blint Updated Feb 22, 2008

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    The photo shows part of one of the many archways or old gates into Vejer which are still preserved today. These are a typical site in Vejer and should not be missed. Below you can find details about all four gates.

    Arco Sancho IV - The oldest and best preserved gate to the old town.

    Arco de la Villa - (The village Gate)This was the main archway into Vejer in Plaza de España. Originally this was the end of the old Roman road.

    Puerta de la Segur - (Secure gate)The lowest and best fortified of the archways between the fortifications and the church.

    Puerta Cerrada (Closed gate) - named the 'closed gate' as it was supposedly most susceptible to attack form the south.

    You can see Arco Sancho in the main photo and in the other one is Arco Segur where you can also see me and my sister hugging each other!!!

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  • Festivals

    by blint Written Feb 22, 2008

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    If you want a little extra something to do while you are here then come in...

    FEBRUARY: To sample the delights of Carnival.

    MARCH/APRIL: to see Holy Week (Semana Santa or Easter). Where there are parades of people wearing pointy hats and carrying large virgins!!!

    APRIL: El Toro Embolao where they let a bull free on the streets and think it is fun to try and out run it from la Plazuela to the Avda. San Miguel.

    MAY 7th: Every year on this date the people of Vejer go to the Santuario de Ntra.Señora de la Oliva to celebrate a religious holiday that usually ends up with people drunk and dancing.

    AUGUST 10th: The Patron Saint day of Vejer where you can see celebrations and parades in the streets.

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  • El Palmar

    by blint Written Feb 22, 2008

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    El Palmar is just 12 km away from Vejer, doing down the hillside and along to the coast. Which means if you come to Vejer you can enjoy a mountain holiday and a beach holiday all rolled into one. Perfect for those hot summer afternoons.

    The other great thing is about the El Palmar beach is that it is largely unspoilt. It is a long sandy beach as you can see in the photo, backed by trees and a few bars and a hotel and that's about it! no blocks of flats or anything like that.

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  • Cobbled Steets and White Houses

    by blint Written Feb 22, 2008

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    Really the main attraction of Vejer is to simply wander around it's cobbled streets and marvel at the rows of white houses. You will be struck by the quietness of this part of town.

    In summer it can get very hot and as it is very hilly make sure you wear suitable shoes and of course you Camera!!!!

    It really is a place to relax in, think and get away from the world and forget your troubles. I came here for a few days alone once and found it a great place to really unwind. I never felt threatened being a lone female even wondering around at night or going for a drink in a bar. No one hassled me and everyone was very friendly and welcoming.

    Typical Street
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  • Dress Sense

    by blint Written Feb 22, 2008

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    Up until about 10 or 15 years ago the woman of the village dressed in black robes, such as that of the statue in the photo. As you can see the attire is very Arabic in design which is indeed where this influence came from as Vejer and Andalucia was controlled for a long time by the Moors.

    Now you can only really see this statue erected at the lookout to show people what the women here dressed like and to recognise their past. Just opposite the statue there is a plaque explaining a little more about this topic.

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    Wandering in the old town

    by swstan Written Oct 6, 2007

    The old town is quite reminiscent of Moroccan old towns, except it is very well paved, painted, and cleaned. There is a diversity of stores with Spanish and Moroccan crafts. The most prominent monument is the cathedral, but it was closed in the afternoon when we passed by. It was pleasant for a stroll, but there were no places where could sit and have a drink, so we had to venture outside of the walls for that.

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    Vejer de la Frontera

    by nyceagle1633 Written May 7, 2006

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    WOW. You want to take great photos of this pueblo blanco, go here. You want close access to this remote section of the Atlantic Ocean, go here. The town is completely painted in white lying on top of a small mountain, providing incredible views the surrounding valleys and distanced mountain ranges. The winding streets pave the way for tiny cafes and shops. The people are friendly. The food is great. Go to the supermarket at the end of Avenida Buenavista for cheap meats, chocolates and fruits. Nearby, you can visit towns like Barbate and Conil de la Frontera. And a must, go to El Palmar, WOW, the Atlantic Ocean is bright blue, with rolling waves and beautiful sand. It is desolate, with few beachgoers, practically undiscovered, since Spanish regulation prohibits certain construction along this coast of Andalusia.

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    Plaza de España

    by SirRichard Written Apr 15, 2004

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    This is the main square here. Here is located the Town Hall and is a very busy place in the evenings, when locals come to see and be seen.
    There is a nice central fountain all covered with painted tiles and the palm trees give this square a very tropical look...

    The square from above
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    Jewish Quarter

    by SirRichard Written Apr 14, 2004

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    Known in spanish as Barrio de la Judería. This small quarter in the highest part of town was the area where the jewish community lived before they were expulsed in the 16th century. You can still see some signs of that, like the David Star in the main facade what now is the main church of the area.

    The former synagogue
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