Vejer de la Frontera Travel Guide

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Vejer de la Frontera Things to Do

  • Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia

    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...

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  • Beautiful 'white' villages!

    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...

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  • The 600-year old Christian church

    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...

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Vejer de la Frontera Restaurants

  • Jardin del Califa (Caliph's Garden)

    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...

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  • It was definitely worth the smoky...

    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...

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  • Atlantic Ocean & Cape Trafalgar view

    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...

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Vejer de la Frontera Nightlife

  • A quiet terrace

    The restaurant "Jardin del Califa" has a nice terrace in an inner patio, where you can have some drinks at night. It's got trees and a covered part and is quite peaceful, as is located in the back of the Main Square.

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  • Arabic tea and cake room.

    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...

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  • evening fun

    I absolutely loved this place. Lovely tapas and the staff are amazing. They made my time in vejer very special. They make the best tinto de veranos. You can often then see the staff dancing down la carpa which is an outdoor nightclub. Amazing!

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Vejer de la Frontera Transportation

  • Getting there and away

    The only way to get to Vejer is by road as there is no train in this coastal area of the Cadiz province.You can get to:- JEREZ by plane and then hire a car or take local buses.- CADIZ by train and then idem.- ALGECIRAS by train and idem.

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  • Rental car

    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...

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  • Vejer to Conil

    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.

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Vejer de la Frontera Shopping

  • Sue finally gets her chance!

    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...

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  • CERAMICA

    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.

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  • Small tiles decorated by hand

    In most of the souvenir shops you will find this andalusian tiles used for decoration and as a souvenir. Some have drawings, some have letters with which to form words and most are of arabic origins.

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Vejer de la Frontera Local Customs

  • Toro Embolao

    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...

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  • You like fresh meat?

    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...

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  • I have never seen so many windmills!

    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...

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Vejer de la Frontera Warnings and Dangers

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    Hard to park

    by SirRichard Written Apr 12, 2004

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    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!

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Vejer de la Frontera Tourist Traps

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    by swstan Written Oct 6, 2007

    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.

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Vejer de la Frontera What to Pack

  • by blint Written Feb 23, 2008

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    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!!!!

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Vejer de la Frontera Off The Beaten Path

  • TARIFA

    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...

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  • Walk, walk...

    Is not only that Vejer is a very pleasant town to walk about. Sometimes waling is the only way to see some corners and narrow alleys, so leave your car outside and get lost in the laberynths of white alleys here...you'll find many off the beaten places this way!

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  • Marismas de Barbatte

    This natural Park is a small nature reserve through which the Barbate river runs .... lots of brids around (sorry not good at that lol)

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Vejer de la Frontera Sports & Outdoors

  • Beaches around

    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...

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  • Spain's surfing paradise

    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...

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  • Las Via Verdes

    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...

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Vejer de la Frontera Favorites

  • Our route in southwestern Spain

    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...

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  • Views around Vejer de la Frontera

    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...

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  • Vejer's sister...

    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,...

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