Vejer de la Frontera Cadiz
Vejer de la Frontera was officially declared a historical-artistic complex in 1976.
As it must be appreciated, its name is due to its historical richness that lies from the oldest civilizations…
That still left their mark on these lands and remain present even in a small part even today.
Later in 78 he also obtained another recognition, the Vejer de la Frontera, one of the most beautiful towns in Spain.
Vejer de la Frontera its whiteness is not forgotten.
I National Award for the Beautification of Towns (1978).
It belongs to the Association of the most beautiful towns in Spain.
As a consequence of this, by municipal ordinance, residents are required to paint their houses white …
The manners and reputation of the pristine white people that have been so hard to reach must be preserved.
It is 200 meters above sea level, and is part of the network of the most beautiful towns in Spain.
Due to its labyrinthine streets of irregular layout and steep slopes of immaculate white.
And let’s not forget its 11th century castle and a walled enclosure that surrounds the old part of the town.
Vejer de la Frontera, a legendary town.
The legend of Sidi and Zhora.
Vejer has a special air that no other town in the area has.
Perhaps it is because of its location on top of a hill and its convoluted urban layout.
Or it could be because of his fabulous past.
The Arabs lived here for almost 600 years…
that is why they have left as much mark as you can in the life and customs of this place.
One of the most beautiful legends tells that during the last days of the Arab emirate …
Sidi Ali Ben Rachid, Moroccan emir, fell in love with Zhora…
A beautiful woman from Véjer and they married.
When they were exiled to Morocco for the reconquest, they settled in a Berber village in the north.
But Zhora felt so sorry and longing for his home …
That the emir decided to create a city in the image and likeness of Vejer:
small whitewashed houses with irregular lines and steep alleys.
This city created grew and began to welcome the Muslim exiles from Al Andalus.
Created out of love, he called it Chauen or Chefchaouen, the blue pearl of Morocco.
For this reason, today these two towns are twinned and there is a plaque in the Vejer castle that testifies to this.
A guided visit to the town of Vejer de la Frontera.
Dear readers, we are going to serve as a guide for you to get to know this beautiful town.
First, we arrive at the Plazuela, the central part of Vejer.
This connects the old part with the new one through Juan Relinque street.
(Local hero of the 16th century).
Interesting establishments in Vejer de la Frontera.
We passed by the Galván Pastry, the oldest (1942) and one of the most famous in town.
Its delicious traditional sweets such as the fine vejeriega cake or the hard bread are excellent.
We should sit in its interior lounge to have a drink and enjoy its excellent views of the town.
We also recommend visiting the Tinoco store, an old traditional store.
The reason: its owner keeps an extraordinary collection: 1,500 radios from all times.
Plus, they all work because he’s a great radio amateur.
Ángel Tinoco has more than 600 exhibited in his shop and he does not charge to see them.
The sheltered ones, the women who only show one eye.
La cobijada, the curious traditional costume of the Vejer woman:
This camouflage consists of showing only one eye.
It however, pierces and penetrates, emerges from the dark veil like a star.
And the beauty is concentrated in a single focus of light and meaning.
The truth is that nowadays this traditional costume, banned in the 30s.
Is only used in the festivities but it is a local symbol.
The Mirador de las Cobijadas.
An ideal place to admire the white houses of the town.
There is the bronze sculpture of a shelter.
The magic touch: Arabic-style alleys full of charm.
The Corredera Street in Vejer de la Frontera.
It is another of the beautiful local sights…
With a beautiful viewpoint and a multitude of restaurants.
The walled enclosure of 4 hectares.
The arches and the Castle of Vejer de la Frontera.
The walls are very well preserved and are the sign of identity of this ancient town.
But the Andalusian patios also stand out, such as that of :
the Casa del Mayorazgo …
It also has a watchtower from where you can see Africa on clear days.
A little further on we come to one of the most photographed streets:
Arco de las Monjas Street.
With the town in the background through a beautiful horseshoe arch.
Our walk arrives at the Parish church of Divino Salvador...
With parts from the 13th century and others from the 16th.
Through the Arco de la Villa, we arrive at the wonderful :
Plaza De la Villa o de los Pescaítos.
The townspeople affectionately call it that because of the fish on the tiles in the square.
In the 15th century it was used as a bullring, today it is the heart and nerve center.
Being surrounded by restaurants and shops.
It is another of the charming places that Vejer has, which is full of Arabic-style alleys full of charm.
Beaches, nature and Natural Parks.
If you want beaches, nature and outdoor activities, you also have them here since nearby are:
Playa del Palmar, the Breña Natural Park and the Barbate marshes.
But I am also going to recommend a place less known and very beautiful:
The district of Santa Lucía with its Roman aqueduct...
Its mills and its spring that can be enjoyed in a pleasant walk.