...is without doubt one of the most beautiful villages of the whole of Andalusia, if not ofSpain. Vejer looks majestically down from a steep hill, with a good part of the medieval walls and four original town gates well preserved. As the narrow streets and tight corners can be frustrating, it is better to leave your vehicle in the parking area next to the bus station or in the street "Corredera Alta" and discover Vejer by foot.  

Over 5 centuries of Moorish occupationhave created the image of Vejer. Muslim traditions are also present in daily life: e.g. when a woman enters a local bar, she might get the same impression as walking into a Moroccan café, finding herself the only female person in the place, besides the image of the holy Virgin on the wall. Until the last century, women used to cover themselves completely in a black veil, the "Cobijada", a testimony to the orthodox catholic life-style. 

If you visit at Easter, go to Vejer on Easter Sunday to see the "Toro Embolado": a bull is chased by and in return pursues some daredevils (often drunk) through the steets. Another highlight is the procession in honour of the patroness of the town "Virgen de la Oliva" to the sanctuary on the Vejer-Barbate road on 7th of May and from 10th to 24th of August. The 23rd of June is the "noche de San Juan" with traditional burning of straw dummies. In summer, flamenco nights and other events take place at the "Murallas de la Segur".

Whereas in Conil German tourism is the norm, Vejer is the preferred town among English tourists and expats, and now many of the old town houses are English owned.

THE SURROUNDINGS OF VEJER

El Palmar

El Palmar is a scattered village along a beautiful, long, shallow sandy beach, famous among surfers. The countryside behind the beach is flat and consists of fields and pastures. The beach is long, flat and clean, offering ideal conditions for surfing. On some days there are hundreds of surfers on the waves. There are quite a few restaurants along the beach, several supermarkets and grocers, a pharmacy, a butcher and a fish shop, open throughout the year. 

El Palmar is an ideal holiday spot for young and old: the flat beach is absolutely child friendly, teenagers can learn to surf and the beach is inviting for endless walks. During the peak season El Palmar gets crowded, but thanks to the open land and the large beach, there is enough space for everybody. In the summer months the chiringuitos, the popular beach bars, are set up where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets with a mojito and chill-out music in the background.

La Muela and Santa Lucia

To the north of Vejer is the natural park ofSanta Lucia with a still functioningRoman-Arabian aqueduct and rampant vegetation oweing to the abundance of water. To the west of Santa Lucia we find the soft hills of La Muela, a colourful mosaic of fields, pastures and natural landscapes. Further behind begin the estates of the big land-owners where breeding of bulls and horses happens. This region is ideal for hiking and mountain bike tours, or even more beautiful to discover by horse.

Paternilla and San Ambrosio

Between Vejer and Zahora / Caños de Meca you come through the fertile, picturesque and hilly landscapes ofPaternilla and San Ambrosio, a wide-spread hamlet interrupted by fields, pastures and the the pine woods of the natural park "La Breña". The unpaved road starts at the windmills of Buenavista behind Vejer (drive up Av. de Andalucía, turn right at Supersol, continue for approx. 3km and then turn right where the windmill park starts - on the right hand side you see the "Cortijo Buena Vista").

 

ARCO

Arco de la Villa in Vejer

 

DUNAS MAR

Dunes of El Palmar

 

Acueducto Santa Lucia

Roman-morish aqueduct in Santa Lucía

 

Palomar

Hacienda El Palomar de la Breña 

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