Walking route of Vejer de la Frontera
Vejer de la Frontera is a stunning village. In fact, it is considered one of the most beautiful villages in all of Spain! You do not want to miss the most remarkable parts of Vejer de la Frontera. To help you out, we have created a flexible route to see the most impressive sites of the village. If you don’t have the time to explore the whole village on your own, this is a perfect route.
The Views of Vejer de la Frontera
1) Starting at the tourist center, near the bus station, you must past the park and walk along the “Calle de la Corredera”, which will give you a wonderful view. On a clear day you can see the next village of Medina Sidonia in the distance. In times of conflict, the white villages and fortifications were constructed strategically. Each of the main fortifications were built within view of each other.
2) Keep walking until you find the gate of “Puerta de Sancho IV”, where you will see a statue dedicated to Juan Relinque. Relinque fought to get the 3,378 hectares of lands back from the Duke of Medina Sidonia that King Sancho IV had given to the people. He is considered a hero to the local people.
Plaza de España
3) Enter through the gate, keep walking, turn left and you will find the restaurant La Brasa de Sancho. On your left, there is a terrace with a perfect view of the “Plaza de España”. The Plaza de España was built to hold bullfights in the 15th and 16th centuries. In addition, it was used as a market space for people to sell their goods. However, please note that during high season this area is used as seating for the restaurant and you may not be able to access the view when it is busy.
4) Next you will head down to the Plaza de España for a closer look at the fountain. Continue down the street and on your left you will go through “La Puerta de la Villa” (The City Gate) and access the “Plaza de España”. The fountain was not originally part of the plaza, it was added in 1957. However, it is a colourful addition to the white village of Vejer and one of the most photographed area in the village!
5) Enter back upward through the gate again and continue straight up the street. Continue walking straight until you find a fork in the street by the church. The church is called “Divino Salvador”, built in the 16th century.
Discover the History
6) The best way to see it is to go around it by turning to the right. You will come to the old city wall. You can see some of the city defense structures here such as the narrow windows and cannon balls. Cross through the gate “De La Segur” and take the first street on the left, Nuestra Señora de la Oliva.
7) You will be going around the church, then go down the street in front of the clock, called “Calle Ramón y Cajal”, until you find the 16th century “Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción”. This convent is now a heritage museum. If you want to know more about the traditional way of life in this area, you can learn about it in this museum.
8) About 50m further down the street on the left, you will find a small ramp which will take you to the castle. The castle is open to visit Monday to Saturday from 10am-2pm and 4-6pm. It’s free to enter, so definitely worth a visit! The oldest parts of the castle date from the 10th and 11th centuries. The castle is also at the tallest point of Vejer. From the top of the castle walls you can see the labyrinth of terraces throughout Vejer.
9) After exiting the castle, return back towards the Convento, turning left at the street immediately before the building. There you will find one of the most emblematic streets in Vejer de la Frontera, “El Arco de las Monjas” or The Arch of the Nuns. The arches were built to secure the church after the earthquake in the 18th century. Yet, they also provide a beautiful frame for a photo.
10) Continue down the street past the arches. This street is named Calle Judería, the Jewish street. The street name is because this was where the Jewish population historically lived, along the walls of the castle.
Continue until you turn right through a large castle gate. The gate leads you to an olive tree and a statue dedicated to the “cobijada” woman wearing traditional clothing. This also has a lovely view of the other side of the white village. The cobijada features a woman fully covered in a black robe covering one half of her face. This is the symbol of Vejer. You can even find chocolate covered cobijada ice creams in the heladerías (ice cream shops).
11) Finally, finish the tour by heading to the market for a tapa. Continue up Calle Juan Bueno, taking the right fork, until you reach a small plaza. Turn left and about 50m down you will see a large arch to the right. Go under the arch, towards “Mercado de Abastos”, and you will reach the local food market, “Mercado Gastronómico San Francisco”. This is a great place for tapas, where there are multiple stalls you can try food from. In the morning it is a market and they start selling tapas and drinks around 12pm. Always a nice way to finish a tour with a drink!!!
Recommended Tips for Exploring Vejer de la Frontera:
Do not forget to look inside the open doors of private houses while exploring the streets! Many people leave their doors open so you can see the wonderful gardens people keep in their patios. Inside, you may find astonishing patios full of flowers and plants. This is especially true if you come in April-May, as people are getting ready for a competition of the best one.
If you want to learn more about the traditions of Vejer de la Frontera, and explore the gems of this village, book our Sherry & Tapas tour! You will learn all about sherry, how to do wine tastings, and how to pair it with traditional food from the area. All food and drinks are included.
If you wish, we can just do the walking tour around Vejer de la Frontera leaving from the tourism office. I will be explaining about Vejer’s history and traditions lasting around an hour and a half. Contact us at our email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at +34 722251790 to answer all questions and for booking.
Alternatively, If you want to enjoy a wonderful day, from Jerez or Vejer de la Frontera, by visiting the top three white villages of Cadiz with us stress-free and in small group size, join us in our White Village Tour. We will visit some of the most beautiful villages in Cadiz province. You can discover the different landmarks and sites of each village, see the best views of the surrounding landscapes, and of the village itself. And, of course, taste local traditional food!