Vejer de la Frontera
The white village of Vejer de la Frontera
Certainly one of the most beautiful white villages in the province of Cádiz, Vejer de la Frontera is built on two hills between Tarifa and Cádiz…
Twinned with the Rifan city of Chefchaouen in Morocco, it has the same narrow and sloping lanes lined with white houses concealing pleasant patios. Walking along the Corradera Parkway to the north or from the Paseo de Cobijadas to the south of the city, you will have the most beautiful views of the surrounding area.
Among the monuments of the city, the 11th century Castillo de Vejer, the Divino Salvador church and the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de la Olivia, which houses a 16th century holy image on its altar, will attract our attention.
The historical centre of Vejer de la Frontera is situated a few kilometres from the coast. However, the city has beautiful beaches making of the small medieval town a seaside resort of the Costa de la Luz, between sea and mountain, sought after for its charm.
Municipal Tourist Office
Avenida de los Remedios, 2.
Opening hours: in summer every day from 10 am to 2 pm and then from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Winter from 10 am to 2 pm. Open in the afternoons at special events such as Holy Week. Guided city tours in Spanish and English. Possibility in French by appointment.
Calle Ramón y Cajal.
Built in the 11th century it is located on the highest part of the fortified enclosure. Its four original doors were transformed into arches. A small museum exhibits traditional clothing, including a black “cobijado” which recently covered women from head to toe.
Opening hours: every day from 10 am to 2 pm and then from 5 pm to 7 pm, from 6 pm to 9 pm in summer.
Church of Divino Salvador
Calle Nuestra Señora de la Olivia.
The Mudéjar Gothic parish church of the town has kept the minaret of the ancient mosque on which it was built.
Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, the rest of the week from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, and then from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and on Sundays during worship hours.
Vejer de la Frontera is served by the N-340 road linking Algesiras to Cadiz and is close to Jerez de la Frontera and the most important airport in Malaga.
In Los Remedios Park or Barca de Vejer at 3km down the village.
Comes Co. Ten daily connections to Cádiz via Conil and Algesiras via Tarifa. Some for Jerez de la Frontera, Seville or Málaga. Sale of tickets and information in the telephone room located in La Plazuela.
Los caños de Meca
Surrounded by coves, beaches and cliffs covered with pine trees, a few kilometres south of Verez de la Frontera, Los Caños de Meca was once one of the seasonal meeting places of the hippie movement in Spain.
If the village is now one of the trendy destinations of an alternative youth that animates, sometimes belatedly, bars and “chiringuitos” along the beach of the small seaside resort, it is also for a long time naturists in search of discreet beaches.
A few steps to the north-west is the Cape of Trafalgar, dominated by a white lighthouse, which houses the small cove del Varadero and the beautiful sandy beaches of Los Caños.
In 1805, the famous battle of Trafalgar took place a little off the cape and the British Admiral Nelson quickly sank the invincible Spanish armada, which was allied to Napoleon at the time.
Access: from Verez de la Frontera by the A-2230 and A-2233, from Barbate, to the south, by the A-2231.
From the Cadiz bus station via the Cadiz-Barbate line.
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