Which are the best walks around Vejer de la Frontera?
Do you want to get to know not only Vejer de la Frontera but the rural Vejer as well? If you are going to spend several days we recommend you have a look at the following hiking options. In this post we will give you four of the best hikes around Vejer de la Frontera you can find.
Saltmarshes of Barbate
The walk is a 4-5 hour walk and is a semi-circular route of almost 11km. You can add the 3km extra (line in black at the bottom) to complete the route full circle but note this route is not as beautiful as the rest of the walk. It is part of the Natural Park La Breña and Marismas de Barbate. It is one of the smallest natural parks of Andalusia, and very important for the migration of birds. Do not go if it has rained recently as the paths are prone to flooding during the rainy season.
This walk is best if you have someone who can drop you off and pick you up at the end to enjoy the full experience. You can do two hikes together and see all the different ecosystems by hiking from Barbate to Caños de Meca: pine forest, dunes, cliffs, and coastal marine habitat. This park has the largest pine forest habitat in Cadiz province, which was planted between the 19th-20th centuries to stop the advancement of the dunes and now provides habitat to protected species. The dunes also support different protected species like chameleons. Many bird species breed in the cliffs along the coast that can reach over 90m in height. The coastal marine habitat along the cliffs also has many protected species and corals. This park has one of the biggest populations of Mediterranean coastal juniper in Cadiz.
Below is a map of a beautiful route where you can see most of the habitats except the dune habitat. The route is around 6.5km long both ways. There are white belts around trees and posts with two horizontal lines, which you follow along the route. The views and varied biodiversity is worth the walk!
Below you will find an explicative video of the Natural Park of La Breña and the Saltmarshes of Barbate.
This is one of the most well-known hikes of Vejer de la Frontera. It is an interesting hike because you will see different landscapes, beautiful viewpoints and learn about the traditional windmills. If you have a short amount of time I recommend doing the blue walk, as you will see the 7 traditional flour windmills on the outskirts of the village in only 3km (blue line), while the whole route is 9km (blue and black line). Below you can find a map.
This hike around Vejer de la Frontera is a circular route of around 5.5km , and takes about 2-3hours. This route has a very green landscape and you will enjoy visiting a Roman aqueduct (Photo below) as well as the watermills.
Each route has its own attraction, some are more ideal for birding, some for viewpoints and biodiversity, and others for culture and history. I hope you have a great time discovering the rural area of La Janda by doing any of these hikes of Vejer de la Frontera.
If you would like more information on visiting olive oil production or gastronomy and wine tours let us know. We can provide a guide which will help you enjoy the region to its fullest and help immerse yourself in the local culture.
Are you visiting Vejer and you would like to immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions? If you want to learn and experience it with the company of a local guide and turn your visit to Vejer de la Frontera into an exciting gastronomic adventure, book with us. Sherry love is very contagious, surely you will also become a Sherry lover!
If you have your own transport you can book a tour guide who will go with you for a day or half a day. Your guide will help you understand more about Sherry, Bluefin tuna, local culture and traditions and the local gastronomy. In case you do not have a transport we can arrange transport, restaurant and the rest of your trip for you.
If you would prefer, we can organize a private wine tasting event at your rental place/apartment. We will go to your place and do a Sherry tasting for you privately, from basic Sherries, premium Sherries or VORS and premium Sherries.
Food and cultural tours
We do small Sherry & Tapas tour in Vejer where you will taste different types of Sherry and local food like bluefin tuna, bull meat, salmorejo, eggplant with honey and pinenuts, etc.
We also have a tour that focuses on Bluefin tuna. You will learn the history of Bluefin tuna in the area since Phoenician times; visit an Almadraba, visit a local food market; and taste different parts of bluefin tuna in all ways, salt-dried, grilled, raw… Or we can mix a visit to a local family run vineyard with a bluefin tuna tasting.