Vejer in Southern Spain is one of the most picturesque places we have visited. It rests prominently on a hill 200m above sea level and remnants still remain from the Roman and Moorish occupations .There is evidence of this in the various infrastructures and narrow cobbled streets.
It’s amazing the sizeable collection of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants in Vejer considering its size. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from and each one seems to have a good selection of varied dishes on their menu.
You will more than likely come across a number of small boutique hotels as you meander around. We stayed at the “Hotel Califa” which was amazing.
Hotel Califa has a restaurant called “Jardin Del Califa” that offers authentic Moroccan food created by their Moroccan head chef. At night the burning candles and secluded lighting create an amazing ambience in the outside garden area, and the aroma of the succulent food cooking on the grill is irresistible. If you decide to pay a visit you will be assured of a high standard of food and service from this popular restaurant. A word of advice though; you should make your reservation well in advance.
The white beach “El Palmar” is a favourite haunt of windsurfers but is generally deserted until new arrivals of tourists in the summer.
In high season parking is a nightmare so it would be best to set out early in the morning to secure a space. The small selection of small bars and restaurants also come to life in the summer months, and the boisterous surfers arrive late in the evening to let their hair down.
If you feel like being at one with nature then a visit to Santa Lucia will probably be to your liking. It is a sleepy village sitting on the foothills not far from Vejer; a hidden gem as yet untouched by tourism.
A short distance away is the nature park where sweet smelling flowers and plants are in abundance. During ancient times the valleys were kept fertile by the Roman aqueduct that channelled water across the valley, to create the lush surroundings you see today. You can still see the working aqueduct, a great feat of Roman ingenuity and construction. We definitely recommend going for a walk and taking some pictures for your album.
Vejer is a cool place to spend a weekend just walking through historic alleys, eating good food and having a relaxing time. Have you been to Vejer? Leave us your comment.