A fantastic feature of Spain’s vast province of Andalucia is the abundance of stunning white villages, or pueblo blancos. Often perched high up on the hill sides with a dominant church tower or castle and a centralised plaza where you can socialise, or simply sit and people watch. Best explored on foot through their narrow lanes and winding streets, taking your time to explore and meet the locals. These fascinating small villages are brimming with traditions, beautiful patios, balconies, flowers, fonts, cats, dogs and the locals, of course. Sometimes you also manage to find something unexpected and unique. Great examples such as Frigliana, Competa, Pampaneira, Comares, Mijas Pueblo all spring to mind. Following our recent trip to the province of Cadiz to explore the Costa de la Luz we can now add another white town gem to our favorites list… Vejer de la Frontera.
The location of Vejer is a great advantage, as, although it is a typical hillside village, it is also close to incredible beaches of El Palmar, Los Canos de Meca and Zahora and if that’s not enough the coastal parque Brena y Marismas Barbate is also on Vejer’s doorstep. The village itself ticks lots of pueblo blanco boxes; there is an abundance of well preserved Moorish Arcitecture, huge dramatic horseshoe gateways leading to narrow old town streets, amazing view points, a church, castle and a fantastic fountain in Plaza de Espana, surrounded by restaurants and the town hall.
The old town is also surrounded by imposing walls, but there is more to set this village apart. The food on offer here is a gastronome’s delight; tapas, street food, gourmet market hall, morrocan inspired kitchens and top notch restaurants. The village has an Arabic vibe, statues in the town show the traditional dress for the women of Vejer ‘the Cobijado’ which may be linked to the Arab culture. A beautiful village, no wonder it is officially one of the prettiest villages in Spain. The locals were really friendly too, an artist painting in his studio invited us in and let Chaos paint on his canvas!
Parking is free at the entrance to the village and maps for the town can be picked up from the tourist information centre, adjacent to the car park, which include a recommended walking route of the village. Vejer village and it’s surrounding beaches and coastal park are well worth a visit.