This town of Cadiz has an old walled city centre and is located 8 km from the coast on a mountain.
The tourist office is located at the entrance of town, near the parking lot where we recommend you leave the car.
The peak season in Vejer is between June 15 and October 15.
Since prehistoric times Vejer was occupied by a large group and its fortification around the nucleus took place from the Bronze Age. The place was known before the Romans occupied as Besaro, had a seaport where currently is situated Barbate.
Vejer was occupied by the Arabs for almost 6 centuries and was called by then Besher. The Muslims left an important cultural legacy and part of the walls surrounding the old town as well as the typical Arabic layout of the streets that is so prevalent in Andalusia.
The Christians conquered Vejer during the year 1264 and the city was taken over by Guzman El Bueno, a Muslim converted to Christianity and whose descendants were the Dukes of Medina Sidonia.
Vejer has 8 kilometres of coastline and can be considered a tourist town; if you decide to visit the place here are some suggestions:
You cannot leave without trying Gazpacho or Lomo en Manteca typical of the cuisine of Vejer.
Depending on the day you might find yourself with some of its festivals:
If you fancy a walk in Vejer while enjoying nature, we recommend visiting the beach Playa de Mangueta, a protected area of natural beauty.
One of the main features and part of the special appeal of Vejer de la Frontera are within the walled town its typical houses built around a neighbouring yard. From the tourist office there are available routes on which you can get to know the history and the yards of many of these homes.
The route to take from Malaga is following the Mediterranean motorway through Marbella and Manilva to Gibraltar, from where you can shortcut or follow the direction of Tarifa to Vejer, passing through Barbate and Zahara.
In the map below you can see the recommended route by road: