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Vejer de la Frontera Travel Guide: 104 reviews and 276 photos

In late-December, 2008 Sue and I managed to spend three nights on Spain's very beautiful Atlantic coast along the Strait of Gibraltar, and one of those nights was in Vejer de la Frontera, one of the country's most spectacular 'white villages'. Located atop a 190-m mountain a short distance inland from the coast for defensive purposes, this view was taken from the balcony of our hostal as we gazed out over the surrounding countryside at another white village located on its own peak!

With a population of only 13,000 souls, Vejer is a friendly and compact spot with a history that goes back hundreds of centuries. The town came under Moorish rule in the year 711 and it lasted for more than 500 years until the Christian conquest - with the Moorish influence still readily apparent in the architecture everywhere you look. Between exploring the streets of the town itself, checking out the beach and lighthouse at nearby Cape Trafalgar and exploring the 2000-year old Roman ruins at Baelo Claudia, we certainly had a very enjoyable stay in Vejer de la Frontera!

  • Last visit to Vejer de la Frontera: Dec 2008
  • Intro Updated Sep 16, 2009
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  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Nov 16, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    love this village, great pictures, great history, an afternoon's enjoyable reading while at work. looks like one of the prettiest white villages.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2010 at 4:28 AM

    What a wonderful view from your balcony, and what a lovely village in which to get lost for a while! Cape Trafalgar looks great too - I love any sort of wild coastline. I'd be less keen on the smoky restaurant though - glad that's no longer allowed here!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    Another superb little village ! I can believe that it was not esay to find your way on these small roads and streets! Interesting to know that Trafalgar is close!

  • Jan 27, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    so much to see in southern spain, that i've missed this little gem of a town! enjoyed reading your tips, and virtually cruising with you on your road trip :)

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    Dec 19, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    What a wonderful page, Glenn. This is one of the "White Villages" that we missed so I really enjoyed discovering a new place via your extraordinary descriptions and vivid photographs.

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    These small white towns and villages on the marches (Frontera) between Moorish and Christian worlds are really charming. You had apparently an “Atlantic weather” Glenn, but caught the best of your trip; I enjoyed reading, as usual!

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    Oct 3, 2009 at 8:24 AM

    Vejer de la Frontera is a lovely town but my favorite part is the Cape Trafalgar lighthouse ! Windmills might make sense economically, but at some places they also ruin the landscapes...

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Sep 28, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    What a charming white village! I would also enjoy walking around its cobbled narrow streets, perhaps take a break for a coffee or a glass of wine... You were really lucky with the accommodation, so nice and cheap, and had a great view from your balcony!

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    Sep 22, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Glad to read that Spain is now one of the top 3 wind-power countries in the world -- lots in Germany too, of course, and in Denmark. Some conservative Germans object on aesthetic grounds, but don't object to towers for high-voltage transmission lines.

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      Feb 18, 2013 at 3:56 AM

      Fifty years ago today I took a ferry from Ceuta to Algeciras, got my bicycle out of storage and rode it from Algeciras to Vejer de la Frontera.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Sep 22, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    What a wonderful route in southwestern Spain you had! The battle at Trafalgar has always interested me as well. You were so lucky to see the Cabo de Trafalgar and its area.Thanks colleague Glenn for sharing!

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