Welcome to one of the most beautiful villages in Spain! And it’s not only us who say it, because Vejer de la Frontera is part of the official list. If you want to enjoy the most traditional part of Cádiz, there is no doubt that your destination is this.
It is a village located at 200 metres above sea level, on a mountain and with one of the most spectacular views of the province. At its feet, the river Barbate leaves a very pleasant natural impression that you can enjoy.
It is very close to the beaches of the nearby villages, so enjoying a village in inland Cádiz can be a very good plan to enjoy doing rural tourism in Andalusia.
Without a doubt, the main reason for its economy is tourism, and it is impossible to resist the ancient city walls of the old town, the views of its fortress, or the friendliness of its inhabitants who, by the way, multiply their population in summer.
Do you want to know what you cannot miss in Vejer de la Frontera? Then write down because there are many points that are worth a visit in this small town. Right in the centre you will find one of the most famous pictures of the town: the Plaza de España, which has a beautiful fountain decorated with typical Sevillian tiles in the centre. Next to the square is the Town Hall.
As for the emblems of its religious culture, the church of Divino Salvador stands out, on top of an old mosque from the Arab domination. It is of Mudejar Gothic style. In what was the Roman town, you can visit the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Oliva, and the Convent of the Conceptionist Nuns currently offers the Museum of Customs and Traditions, to get to know Vejer in depth.
You cannot forget to visit the Casa del Mayorazgo, the windmills next to the Roman aqueduct, located in a landscape declared Natural Monument. And to finish your visit in style, we recommend that you climb up to the Castle of Vejer de la Frontera, at the highest point of the town. The current fortress dates from the 10th century, although it was built on the ruins of another old castle. Inside, its spectacular parade ground awaits you.
For all these reasons, this village was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1976, and it is a title that has been earned. You can discover it by walking through its streets where you can still breathe the Arab essence in the arches that give way to cobbled streets and with some inclination that are undoubtedly characteristic elements of this town.
But Vejer does not end here, and it is very close, a few kilometres away is another of its population centres, which is El Palmar, this one much more visited as it has an unspoilt beach where water sports such as surfing, windsurfing or even fishing are frequent.
Of course, a trip to the south cannot be understood without trying the gastronomy, and that's because it has become one of its flags for tourism. Vejer's cuisine stands out for having a popular character, with some touches of Andalusian cuisine, especially in the sweet recipes.
Tangerines, artichokes and a nice plate of escargots are always present in its most traditional gastronomy, although they are accompanied by vegetables and legumes collected in this municipality. We do not forget either the fish or seafood, with special mention to the classic fried fish, pescaíto frito. A very varied and tasty offer.
Enjoy Vejer de la Frontera!