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LOCAL INFORMATION

Vejer was officially declared a Historical Artistic Monument of National importance in 1976. It belongs to the ‘Most beautiful villages in Spain’ association and in 2013 the magazine Viajar together with Tripadvisor compiled a list of beautiful spanish villages in which Vejer took the second place.

Local information VejerThe town has been inhabited by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, and finally Arabs under whose control it remained for 5 centuries. The influence of these past inhabitants are still felt and seen in the village today making this a truly unique and special place to visit.

The area of Cadiz is also steeped in history and rich in cultural sites to visit, and with so many national parks and nature reserves it’s a paradise for walkers and cyclists. There is just too much to do to pack in one holiday!

VEJER:

Just walk around and soak it in. The market, the Plaza España, visit the castle, the little museum, the Casa de la Cultura has interesting expositions, the churches...

Go to ‘La Peña Flamenca’ in the evening for a bit of local flavour.

Book a walk with the Marimantas www.marimantasvejer.com for learning the history of Vejer in a fun way.

The tourist information is in Avenida de los Remedios 2


DAYS OUT:

CADIZ

Only thirty minutes from Vejer de la Frontera, it is one of the oldest towns in Europe, with an old quarter that is threaded with narrow, winding streets filled with Moorish art and architecture. The town has many watchtowers from the days when the local merchants kept a look out for their ships coming into harbour. It's cathedral and tower are well worth a visit for great views of the city. Cadiz also has a El Corte Ingles.


JEREZ

Jerez is a 45 minute drive from Vejer and it’s the centre for Sherry production in the region. Most sherry houses( bodegas) offer daily tours where you can sample the product. Best to book in advance..

www.gonzalezbyass.com

www.bodegasfundadorpedrodomecq.com

www.bodegastiopepe.com

Jerez is also home to the Royal Andalusian School Of Equestrian with its world famous white Andalusian horses. Book well in advance: www.realescuela.org


SEVILLE

Andalucia's largest city and capital, Seville has a large historic quarter, full of historic sites like La Giralda, convents, monuments and Moorish buildings. The Moorish Alcazar is well worth the visit. It has lots of tapas bars and a buzzing nightlife. Seville is reached from Vejer in less than 2 hours.


ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA

About an hour and quarter from Vejer, the old town sits at the highest point of the cliffs, with streets of white-washed homes cascading down the ridge line. Park at the foot of the old town and walk up the hill and visit the churches and explore the architecture that harks back to the Moorish occupation in the early Middle Ages. Enjoy a drink overlooking the cliffs from the terrace Café within the Parador in the main square.


MEDINA SIDONIA

Another pueblo Blanco close by originally settled by the Phoenicians. The Romans fortified the hilltop and it later became an important Moorish town - the castle ruins at the top of the hill give a panoramic view over the surrounding countryside. The main square - the Plaza Espana is one of the most attractive in the region and has many restaurants and cafes. There is a new road linking Vejer with Medina Sidonia making it only a 20 minute drive away.


TARIFA

Enjoy standing on the causeway with the Mediterranean on one side and the Atlantic on the other. Tarifa has great views of North Africa and a day trip to Tangier is only 30 minutes away by fast Catamaran. Known as the windsurfing capital of Europe. Whale watching also an option.

Close by is Bolonia beach with its famous dune and the roman ruins of Baelo Claudia.


GIBRALTAR

Only an hour away and you visit Britain and enjoy great value drink and goods while taking in the sites such as the famous Barbery apes, marina, cable car and of course the rock itself.


NATURAL PARKS

If you like walking (or cycling: you can rent bikes in the town: + 34 956450 859) there is an abundance of Natural Parks:

Parque Natural de Las Breñas - 5km from Vejer

This mainly pine forest park runs between Caños de Meca and Barbate - stretching from the clifftops of the coast inland to the outskirts of San Ambrosio just south of Vejer. There are 5 signposted walks that are available on a free map from the local tourist office. These range in length from 1.6km to 12.7km. Also located here is the El Palomar dovecot with 7700 nests, making it the largest dovecot in the world. It was active in the 18th century but now the nests are mainly empty.

Parque Natural de Las Marismas - 5km from Vejer

There is a walking trail from Vejer to this park which comprises marshland around the Barbate river making it a haven for birdlife.

Parque Natural de la Bahia de Cádiz - 30km from Vejer

This park is best accessed from the Chiclana side and from Sancti Petri you can do a boat trip through the waterways or hire a kayak. The landscape is made up of marsh flats and salt marshes and sandy beaches. Just off the coast from Sancti Petri is the castle which sits on an island and is easily reached by sea kayak. At low tide sand spits appear creating your own "dessert island" on which to take a break.

Parque Natural del Estrecho - 30km from Vejer

This park stretches south from Bolonia (site of the roman ruins) around the coast towards Algeciras. The sand dunes at Bolonia and Punta Paloma are particularly stunning. It is possible to walk from Atlanterra to Bolonia but by car you have to divert back inland. The views across the straits of Gibraltar are fantastic and this is an important area for the migration of many varieties of birds.

Alcornocales Natural Park - Alcala 41km from Vejer

This vast park covers 167,767 hectares from the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in the north to Tarifa in the south. It is named after the cork trees found there. There are two visitors' centres: Huerta Grande is south of Algeciras at Km 96 on the N340 coast road and El Aljibe is in Alcalá de los Gazules, on the road to Benalup at Km 1. The scenary is beautiful with mountains, lakes and forests with abundant wildlife.

Grazelema National Park - 130 Km from Vejer

Designated a Unesco Biosphere reserve in 1977, the Sierra de Grazalema was declared the first natural park in Andalucia in 1984 and is one of Spain's most ecologically outstanding areas. The 51,695 hectare park is famous for its spectacularly rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges. By far the most impressive gorge is Garganta Verde, with its griffon vulture colony and rocky walls that tower vertically for 400m. You need to arrange a pass from one of the local visitor centres to walk into the gorge and be aware it is quite a hard walk.

Donana National Park - 85 Km from Vejer

This park is actually in Huelva province but is reached from Sanlucar. It covers 543km², of which 135 km² are a protected area. The park is an area of marsh, shallow streams, and sand dunes in Las Marismas, the Guadalquivir River Delta region where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The original area was established in 1963 when the World Wildlife Fund joined with the Spanish government and purchased a section of marshes to protect it from the constant threat to drain the marshes, use the river water to boost agricultural production by irrigating land along the coast, and to expand tourist facilities. Boat trips run from Bajo de Guia in Sanlucar with Real Fernando

Via Verde de la Sierra cycle trail - 130 Km from Vejer

This trail is on a disused railway line and runs 36Km from Puerto Serrano to Olvera. You can start it at various old stations in between and runs through beautiful countryside with viaducts, bridges and long tunnels. It is almost totally flat and is a very peaceful ride or walk. Bikes can be hired at various places along the route but are best booked in advance.