What to do in Vejer de la Frontera
Vejer de la frontera is a white village, which was previously used as a defensive position since Phoenician times. They used Vejer to defend their ports and their fishing boats from the Iberians. De la Frontera means “of the frontier”, and the name was given to the outposts that were on the border between the Moors and the Christians during the reconquest.
White Villages are coated with lime and streets are narrow to cool down inside the houses and the streets. While the villages whitewashed the buildings to keep cool, they also have a stunning appearance! Vejer de la Frontera is one of the most beautiful white villages in Spain. In fact, it is listed as one of Spain’s most beautiful villages.
We tried to reduce all the things we love to do in Vejer de la Frontera to five. As locals living in the village, this is our recommended to do list:
1) Get lost in the streets!
Our favourite thing to do in Vejer is just to wander around through the streets. There are so many different areas outside the main points and the entire village is beautiful. If you do not want to just wander and you are on a tight schedule, try out our walking itinerary to find the best places around Vejer.
Throughout Vejer, especially in the older walled parts of the village, there is a labyrinth of narrow twisting streets and colourful flowers hanging from every window and terrace. If you wander through some open doors, you will also find internal garden patios covered head to toe in flowers and plants. Most of the older houses in Vejer have at least one internal patio and the villagers keep wonderful gardens. The residents often will leave their doors open for everybody to stop in and enjoy!
There are also so many great independent shops around the village. You can find unique art, handmade clothing, Moroccan decor and items, jewellery and more. Unlike some villages taken over by big name stores, Vejer has managed to remain a traditional small-business village. For this reason you can find truly one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts to take home with you for your friends (or for yourself!).
2) Explore the castle of Vejer
The castle is open everyday from 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 20:00. Best of all, the entry is free! When you enter through the gate, you come to the old stable area and patio. You can really notice the age and styles in the architecture and bricks in the patio.
If you continue inside the door on the left, you will see the castle gardens. Walk along the top of the wall and you can see all of Vejer. From the top you can see that the buildings are even more complex, connected with staircases in every direction. Most of the buildings have terraces at the top where local residents and visitors can enjoy the sun.
You can’t enter the castle itself because a family owns it privately. However, the rest of the castle is interesting to see.
3) Walk the windmills route
The route is around 6km long, but it is easy and takes around 2 hours. We took a little longer than the 2 hours because we stopped frequently to take so many photos. The route consists of seven restored windmills around Vejer de la Frontera. You will be able to observe beautiful scenery along it all.
However if you just want to see the windmills we recommend San José, San Francisco and San Antonio. These mills are close to each other and in very good condition. Sometimes, one is even open for you to view it from the inside. You can find them south of Vejer in the Parque de los Molinos.
Also, if you want to see a beautiful view of Vejer de la Frontera go along the road from the windmill Santa Inés to the windmill of Cruz de Conil, and stop at the statue of Jesus.
With some luck, you may be able to snap a nice photo of Vejer de la Frontera at sunset, with the light reflecting on the clouds and the village.
4) Eat at the “El Jardín del Califa”
El Jardin is a beautiful restaurant with Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine. It has a traditional patio and streets full of plants and flowers. As well, it is recommended by the Michelin guide. They also offer houses to rent, have different bars around the village, and they are about to open a traditional Moorish spa! However, we recommend booking a table at least a week in advance if you are coming in high season. It gets busy because it is so good!
It has different sections to eat, each with its own unique theme:
- The courtyard in a 16th century building full of palms, plants, fountain…it also has a section which is covered, called the “pergola” which has heating and air conditioning.
- The “Aljibe” where the water was collected traditionally. Now it is a romantic/secluded place which makes you feel like being inside a candlelit cave.
- Last, the temple from 16th century.
Overall, an amazing and beautiful experience with wonderful wine and food.
5) Museum of culture and tradition
The museum is located inside the old church “Convento de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción” from the 16th century.
They have all kinds of interesting artifacts from the last century or earlier. They were used for farming and cooking, as well as traditional clothing like the “Cobijada”, which is still used in official local festivities.
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 the different landmarks of each village and see the best views of the surrounding landscapes and of the village itself. As well we will enjoy local traditional food during a delicious lunch.
Or on the other hand, if you want to learn more about the gastronomy and traditions of Vejer de la Frontera, join our Sherry & Tapas tour. You will learn about sherry, local food and tapas and how to pair them together. As well, you will learn more about this wonderful white village of Vejer and its landmarks.
If you wish, I can take you on a 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.