- An introduction to Vejer
Vejer is consistently one of Spain's top ten prettiest towns (survey done by the Spanish Tourist Board) and is widely regarded as being the best preserved of the 'Pueblos Blancos'. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Strait of Gibraltar Vejer is a historic monument town of turreted walls, flower filled courtyards and ancient buildings. Vejer has a very strong gastronomic scene with a range of excellent restaurants and traditional cafés to while away time in.
Vejer is situated at 200m. above sea level and is just a few km. from the beaches of El Palmar, Trafalgar Bay or Los Caños de Meca. Vejer itself is made up of 2 parts, the old medieval quarter and the newer part of town carefully designed in the style of the ‘pueblos blancos’ of the region. Surrounded by large swathes of agricultural land growing sugar beet, sunflowers and wheat Vejer has a lot of land given over to the grazing of the local ‘retinto’ cattle. Vejer overlooks both the Atlantic coastline and the ‘Las Breñas’ Natural Park a 5,000ha. forest of pine wood running down to the coast and the ‘Marismas’ Natural Park a smaller nature reserve through which the Barbate river runs and which is home to an important collection of birdlife. Both parks have walking trails running through them and are perfect for day walks. Vejer has many view points overlooking both the coastline & the cork oak studded hills of the ‘Alcornocales’ Natural Park one of Spain’s most important nature reserves.
A short walk away is the roman acueduct of Santa Lucia, with a water supply that feeds the small lush valley nearby where avocadoes, pomegranate & other semi-tropical fruits are grown.
A myriad of walking trails & wider cañadas (droving trails) run through the local countryside. 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.