Every way you look at it, Vejer is delight to the eyes.
From the plains below it rises as a magnificent pueblo blanco commanding the summit of a steep hill 190 metres above sea level, and from the top of the hill it offers stunning views of the countryside and the Atlantic coastline -including a view of the coast of North Africa.
The town itself is simply enchanting. For over 500 years it was a thriving Moorish town, and before that the Romans occupied the site for almost 600 years. Throughout Vejer you will see many signs of both civilizations in the houses, monuments, and squares.
The name ‘Vejer’ is of Moorish origin, and ‘de la Frontera’ was added in 1248 when the town was captured from the Moors by King Ferdinand of Castille to signify that it marked the frontier in the reconquest.
The narrow winding streets, many in the old town too narrow even for a car, are lined with charming white-washed houses that open onto delightful inner patios adorned with colourful ceramics, plants and cooling fountains.
Today Vejer is a thriving town with excellent bars and restaurants. The main square Plaza de Espana is well worth a visit. While you are there, be sure to visit La Casa de Califa and enjoy their fine Moroccan cuisine in enchanting surroundings.
Vejer de la Frontera is certainly one of the most impressive pueblos blancos in the region and is officially designated national monument of historical, artistic and cultural interest.