If you are in Vejer de la Frontera, the amazing Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia are less than an hour away by car and are well worth the trip! Located beside the small coastal village of Bolonia (and only a short distance northwest of Tarifa) this coastal settlement dates from about 120 BC and lasted about 600 years before Roman dominance in Spain...more
By this stage of our trip to Andalusia we had already either seen or been in several 'white' villages during our travels, but this was the first time we actually had accommodations in one of them. This was the scene that greeted us from our hostal balcony as we checked it out - with Vejer's architecture in the foreground and the distant small...more
As happened at many locations in Spain, following the conquest of Vejer by the Christian forces of King Alphose X in 1248, the original Moorish mosque located here was heavily modified as it was replaced some time in the 1400s by the present-day church of Iglesia Parroquial del Divino Salvador. As a result, it is still possible to see both Mudejar...more
Patria, Vejer de la Frontera, Vejer de la Frontera, 11150, Spain
Good for: Business
We were there for just one night, but it was very special. Staff was very helpfulmore
Los Parralejos, Vejer de la Frontera, 11150, Spain
Good for: Families
This new "moorish style" restaurant is located in an old XII century house, and is part of the "Casa del Califa" nearby hotel.To get to the restaurant you have to pass several corridors and go down many steps to the former water deposits, in a very fresh part of the house.Make reservations in advance, the place is small and quite trendy! Here you...more
We arrived back in Vejer from Cabo de Trafalgar at about 5:30 PM and spent some time sipping sherry on our balcony as we looked out over the deep valley from the town's hilltop location. That was followed by a relatively long session on Hostal la Janda's internet computer in the lobby as we exchanged messages with home. By 8 PM we were getting...more
After our night from hell in Tarifa, we had arisen late and also had a late breakfast before we headed on up the Atlantic coast toward Vejer de la Frontera. Striking out at the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia (closed on Mondays) we continued further up the coast, eventually reaching the small town of Zahara de los Atunes. It was there that we decided...more
Part of the Hotel Califa (Plaza España). You have to wonder down stairs, through the restaurant then up stairs again to arrive to this great little Teteria but it is well worth it.Here you can sample a wide and authentic range of Arabic teas and pastries. Such as the famous mint tea (1.75€).There is a terrace where you can sit outside admiring the...more
When we travel, we like to be independent to do our own thing and it usually involves getting off the beaten path. As a result, we almost always hire a car if it makes any sense at all given the circumstances of where we are visiting. In this case, because Sue's sister was joining us from England for the first eight days of our trip in Andalusia, I...more
Comes buses are the only way by public transport to get from Vejer to the white beach town of Conil de la Frontera.Conil and Vejer are very close it only takes 20 mins.It costs 1,34 euros very cheap ;)There are buses at 12:30, 15:00, 17:00 and 19:45 leaving from Vejer.Conil boasts some of the most unspoilt beaches in the region.more
Notice how Sue is smiling in all these photos? Sue is very patient with me because I'm not much of a shopper but she finally found a shop that interested her as we were about to wrap up things in Vejer de la Frontera. It was only fair that she should be able to indulge herself a bit (after all, I got to see Cabo da Trafalgar), so I was quite...more
While in Vejer de la Frontera, Carmen and I just had to check out PACO FRANCIS, next to the Divine Salvador Church (atrio de la Parroquia del Divino Salvador). It carried beautiful ceramics (Ceramica), various handicrafts ( artesania Vejeriega ), children's flamenco dresses, souvenirs, post-cards, etc.more
This old (27 years) tradition, also called "Toro del Aleluya" consists basically in chasing along some town streets a 500kg bull with balls. And I don't mean the kind of balls you are thinking of... the ones these bulls wear are plastic balls at the end of their horns, so they are less harmful (though harmful enough anyway!).To make it simple, is...more
It was almost 10 AM on December 30th as Sue and I made our way toward the old Moorish castle when we chanced upon this scene in downtown Vejer. After a night of keeping their customers happy, it appeared that the various restaurants needed to restock their supplies of fresh meat to feed the next onslaught! There was a young lad inside the box of...more
During our trip through southern Spain, we were impressed by the large number of windmills we came across, especially in the far southwest along the Atlantic Ocean coastline, and even a few solar plants with large mirrors focusing the sun's rays to produce even more power. It should not have been a surprise because Spain is presently one of the top...more
Being a village of narrow alleys and many slopes, driving and parking inside the old part is nearly impossible, so U better leave the car outside (there is a nice parking by the Tourist Office, near the entrance) and walk around.
Though there are many slopes, the place is small and is not hard to see it all by foot!
This is close to the cathedral, but there is not much information or things to see there.
Unique Suggestions: The architecture was exactly like Moroccan houses with courtyards.
Luggage and bags:
suitcases on wheels will not be of use along Vejer's cobbled and hilly streets. A backpack would be more practical.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking shoes without heals are essential as you may end up on the floor if you don't wear good shoes. There are plenty of steep slopes and uneven cobbled streets to manoeuvre through.
Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film or make sure you have a big memory card as Vejer is very photogenic and there is a pretty picture around every corner!!!!
Located southeast of Cadiz and Jerez and west of Algeciras and Gibraltar, TARIFA boasts ten kilometres of white sandy beaches and some of the best windsurfing conditions in Europe. This southern-most tip of Europe is where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Stace actually showed us the area where the two bodies of water join.Some...more
Vejer is not located right on the coast, but very near. There are many nice beaches around. The closest (14 kms) is Caños de Meca and going south you will find another great beach: Barbate and Zahara.There are public buses for both, with Comes bus company. Another good beach northwards is El Palmar. You can find some info about it in the link...more
While we were sitting in our car along the Atlantic coast just northwest of Zahara de los Atunes, one of the local surfers turned up in his well-equipped van. He also had a German Shepherd dog with him who he briefly let out to wander around while he began to unload his surfing gear. The trouble was, the dog did not seem to have any traffic sense...more
Las Vias Verdes means something like the Green Tracks; they get their name from the fact that they were once railway tracks, or they were built to be railway tracks. Nowadays they are paths or trails you can cycle along. They can be found all over Andalucia, but here in Vejer too. So if you like cycling don't miss out on this great opportunity to...more
We had been in Spain for 13 days and had already covered most of the 'orange' roads on this map (Sue's sister had joined us from England for 9 days of that time) when the two of us finally woke up to a rainy morning in Nerja, on the Mediterranean coast. The weather forecast did not look good for the next few days so, knowing that the good weather...more
Zohara and I found several lookout points in the old city of Vejer de la Frontera where we could look out upon the white new city.The Church of El Davino Salvador was closed (yes the door was actually locked) so we saw only the outside...there is also a nice little souvenier shop just outside the main entrance to the church.The last photo shows...more
Vejer's sister town is Chefchaouen in morocco. This is by no mistake as in fact Chaouen was based upon Vejer. When the Moors retreated back to Morocco they built Chaouen in Vejer's image. I believe there is a love story attached to it as well. I think the founder of Chaouen A Sidi Ali Ben Rashid was sperated from his wife Zhora who stayed n Vejer,...more