About Vejer de la Frontera
Vejer is situated at 200m. above sea level & just a few km. from the beaches at either El Palmar, Trafalgar Bay or Los Caños de Meca. Vejer itself is made up of 2 parts, the old medieval quarter & the newer part of town carefully designed in the style of the ‘pueblos blancos’ of the region. Vejer has many monuments to visit, flower filled courtyards to peer into & turreted walls to see views from. Vejer is surrounded on 2 sides by the ‘Las Breñas’ Natural Park a 5,000ha. forest of pine wood running down to the coast & the ‘Marismas’ Natural Park a smaller nature reserve through which the Barbate river runs through & home to an important collection of birdlife. Both parks have walking trails running through them & are perfect for day walks. Vejer has many view points overlooking both the coastline & the hills of the ‘Alcornocales’ Natural Park, the largest cork oak forest in Europe with an extension of over 175,000ha.
A short walk away is the recently restored roman acueduct of Santa Lucia, usually still working in the summer, with a water supply that feeds the small lush valley nearby where avocadoes, pomegranate & other semi-tropical fruits are grown. A visitors centre is due to open here shortly. The 7th.C. hermitage of San Ambrosio will shortly be reopened to the public incorporating part of the original mosque that stood on this site. A myriad of walking trails & wider cañadas (droving trails) run through the local countryside. All the trails are unmarked. The terrain is hilly although not steep, moderate fitness is required for cyclists wanting to ride to the beautiful town of Medina Sidonia or to visit the fishing port of Conil for example.
This is an extract from ‘Guide of the old town’ © Isabel Stichel & Walter Seemann, Tel: 956 447202
For further information please visit www.vejer.com
One of the many pleasures of Vejer is its accessibility to local beaches (10km. away & no more than 10mins. by car) while not being a ‘beach’ town. You can choose between an immense 12km long beach of fine sand or a series of sandy coves where fresh water trickles on to the beach through the sandstone cliffs above. Cape Trafalgar (scene of the famous battle) is just 15km. from Vejer and its white sand beaches are quite unblemished by any type of development. In fact this area is famous in Spain for the ‘virgin’ quality of the beaches, although development is increasing. Beaches are almost empty all year except July & August where at weekends the popular beaches get saturated although not anywhere to the level of the big toursist resorts.. If you are adventurous there are plenty of remoter beaches to discover.
10km. from Vejer. Vejers closest family beach is a 12km. stretch of golden sand. The centre area has a few restaurants & some unintrusive houses however to the south & northen extremes unaccessible by car the cows graze overlooking the dunes. Empty most of the year a perfect place for lazing, walking or surfing. An exposed beach it is affected by strong winds. All services at high season & a few restaurants open most of the year (see Where to eat).
14kms. from Vejer the beaches here are overlooked by the imposing Trafalgar lighthouse. This is of course the scene of the famous battle & the ‘Playa de la Almas’ (the beach of Souls) gained its name after the fight was over & the bodies washed up on the coast. Two beaches flank the promontry. The ‘Almas’ beach is very exposed to dangerous currents while the ‘Playa Trafalgar’ is protected. No services all year & no residential development around.
15kms. from Vejer the beaches here are narrower than most in the area. Passing the unsightly apartments a line of stout palms overlooks the beach below. Well protected from waves & currents and set in a natural cliff backed bay this is a perfect family beach. The beach is flanked by the Breñas Nature Park & some residential development. No services most of the year. Nudist section to the far end under the cliffs.
Zahara de los Atunes
18kms. from Vejer. The longest beach in the area this massive stretch of white sand is accessible along half its length. The other half is property of the Ministry of Defence although the nearby barracks turn a blind eye in the summer to sunday beach goers. Services along the Zahara town section. Exposed to winds however some protection can be found at the Atlanterra end.
11km. from Vejer. Well done if you find the access via the ‘Bar Saboy’ between El Palmar & Zahora. Little parking but a small bit of undisturbed paradise most of the year.
12km. from Vejer. Another beach with complicated access. Follow the signs to ‘Zajorami’. An extension of ‘Playa de las Almas’ go here if you have kids as in low tide the reef locks out the sea turning the beachfront into a huge natural swimming pool.
Playa de los Alemanes
22km. from Vejer. Beyond Zahara beach & before the Camarinal lighthouse. Set below the exclusive millionaires retreat of Atlanterra this bay is subject to powerful currents. Beautiful location. No services, bars or restaurants.
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