Vejer de la Frontera
The town was declared a Historical Site and awarded the National Prize for the Beautification of Andalusian Towns. Its Moorish heritage is evident in the popular architecture and design of neighbourhoods like the Judería. It is perched on top of a beautiful hill overlooking the River Barbate.
The town takes pride in its historic legacy from past civilizations such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. In 711 the Battle of La Janda was fought very near the town. After this battle, the Visigoths lost control of the Peninsula to the Moors.
The town has always been walled and some of its towers are still well preserved (the Mayorazgo Tower, the San Juan Tower and the Corredera Tower), and its four medieval town gates are perfectly integrated in the town, namely the Segur Arch Gate, the Puerta de la Villa, the Sancho IV and the Puerta Cerrada. The Castle (11th-16th Centuries) stands at the highest part of the old town and can be reached through a beautiful horseshoe arch. It combines elements of Muslim and Christian architecture.
The town also boasts some magnificent examples of religious architecture. The Divino Salvador Parish Church (14th-15th Centuries) overlooks the town and is a beautiful example of architectural evolution, with Gothic-Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque elements. The town has other outstanding churches: the Monjas Concepcionistas Church, with its stunning Las Monjas Arch; the Hospedería de San Francisco Convent; and, on the outskirts of the town, the Visigoth Nuestra Señora de la Oliva hermitage.
The most outstanding civil buildings in the town are the Baroque Palace of the Marquis of Tamarón and the Mayorazgo House, both dating from the 18th Century, and the San Miguel Windmills (19th Century).
Vejer de la Frontera is undoubtedly one of the prettiest villages in Spain that also has an excellent range on offer for tourists, hotels with charm and excellent cuisine in its restaurants. Only 9 km from the city centre is one of the most famous beaches of the Cadiz coastline, El Palmar Beach, which runs through nature for most of its 4 km extension, and is a popular surfing site.
This complex combines a tourism offering with artistic performances and sports matches. It is also well worth visiting the MNAC, the open air contemporary art museum, and horse riding and dressage events, such as the Sunshine Tour and the Moon Tour. There are restaurants and accommodation available, as well as a wide range of leisure activities, a golf course, bird watching and much more.