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Historical overview of Vejer
The Tartessos, by the VII century baptized as Besaro that the Romans changed by Baessipo. Important was its port Portus Baessipo, which currently occupies the town of Barbate.
In the year 711, after the defeat of Don Rodrigo at the Guadalete battle, the Muslims commanded by Táriq Ibn Ziyad take the town that happens to be called Besher.
It was five centuries of Arab domination that left an important mark in the configuration of the urban fabric and ladies customs. It will be Sancho IV who reconquered the square, granting to “La Orden de Santiago” (the Order of Santiago) the dominion of Vejer, although the Order never made an appearance. The repopulation falls into the hands of Guzman El Bueno, whose dominion would extend throughout the area of Gibraltar.
The figure of "El Bueno" is located in corners and squares of the region. His lordship will inherit the family of Medina Sidonia to which years later the people would face in the well-known rebellion of the “Hazas de la Suerte”.
These lands witnessed famous battles like that of Trafalgar. Throughout the centuries Vejer became an important agricultural place, an activity that has been overtaken by the growing industry of rural turism.
However, what attracts attention in this beautiful location is the perfect symbiosis of past and present that is evident in its old town, its traditions and gastronomy.
The gastronomy in Vejer De La Frontera | Typical dishes
The gastronomy in Vejer de la Frontera has as a basis the rich beef retinta, a race indigenous to the land, the fish, especially tuna areas very close how to Barbate, and vegetables of the area of the Janda, of excellent quality. In addition, the Arabic influence has a fairly clear.
The kitchen based on the gastronomy of Vejer is traditional: vegetables and vegetables so typical of the area and little known outside of the province of Cadiz, as the tagarnina or Cardillo, the juicy red tuna traps of Barbate, or the meat of cattle deep purple, a race of flesh that I recommend you try it, because it is very tasty as pasta in freedom in the countryside of Vejer, not to mention the variety and quality in wines typical of the earth: Fine Shellfish, Clarito or Moscatel Oro.
In Vejer you can delight dishes as rich as the stew of Spanish oister plants, which is a wild herb leaves and thorny stems, a good dish of snails only in season from may to june, the chestnuts, the gazpacho, pulley, the twisted rolls of Holy Week, the bread that is a sweet bread and there is normal or bisque.
The traditional way is still performed at the butchers sausages and cured meats typical as the spine of butter, black pudding and morcones.
Did you know that Vejer is surely the people of the province of Cadiz with the most famous sweets of Lent?
The sweets are very basic ingredients: flour, eggs, sugar, water and a touch of spices, perhaps Arabic heritage.
There is also that destar confectionery of clear Andalusian influence, hard bread, desserts such as cakes or the vejeriegas rosquetes of Holy Week that are artisan with cinnamon, flour, butter and sugar.
The Mayorazgo Defense Tower
It is one of the towers of the defense wall that is located in its south part. Its name is due to its location in “La Casa del Mayorazgo” (the Mayorazgo House). The tower forms a corner protruding from the defensive wall line.
In its ground floor it is a vaulted dependence with saeteras (narrow window of those that are usually open on stairs and other parts), and of her by a tortuous stone ladder rises to the adarve (Upper part of a wall, generally covered, that has openings or windows to the outside) and from there to the sky or crenellated ceiling. It has two battlements, a steeple, responding to the chapel that the adjacent Casa del Mayorazgo possessed.
This Casa del Mayorazgo Baroque-style dates back to the 18th century and occupies the entire surface of this corner of the fortress. Its interior with two patios is altered by the works carried out. Its facade made of carved stone. From the adarve you can see the Plaza de España (Plaza de los Pescaitos).
Parish Church of “El Divino Salvador” (The Divine Savior)
The Church of “El Divino Salvador” of Vejer de la Frontera is located in the upper area of this town, within the walls of its old defensive wall.
The church stands under this title for being August 6, the day on which the feast of “Cristo Salvador” (Christ the Savior) is celebrated, the date when Christians reconquer the village of Vejer from the Islamic forces.
At first glance it is seen that it is the juxtaposition of two buildings of different times, and because the oldest still exists, it was unable to complete the second at the expense of the first. It seems clear that this is a Mudejar style construction erected on the floor of a former mosque; plant that likewise, the second building comes to occupy later.
The first section of the temple from the feet is a Gothic building from the beginning of the 16th century; and the second, up to the head, is the former Mudejar church that failed to be replaced during updating. Here, the presence of Arab art, as well as Romanesque and Gothic (the classical components of the Mudejar), are well visible.
Both buildings have three ships aligned and juxtaposed, assembled on the deck. The construction of Agustín de Argüello, as master, and Antonio Padilla and Bernardo de Torres as architects. Other artists related to this church are: Francisco de Villegas, sculptor and Juan Rodríguez like assembler (XVII century).
Contrast that area with the Gothic part, composed of four sections of a building of three naves of different heights, covered with beautiful vaults that are ribbed on the side and starred in the center, in whose walls are integrated high and small windows.
The church has some detached chapels, one of which, in the Mudejar part, is preceded by a Romanesque arch.
The main facade, located at the feet, shows the different height of its Gothic naves and the flying buttresses that balance the thrust of the central nave. It has a door beneath an ogival arch, and on the lintel a set of four opposing arches, topped by a Gothic rosette that is framed between buttresses finished.
The lateral facade of the gospel presents buttresses in the form of attached pilasters, with a small cornice and finished in gothic needle pruned.
The tower, square and with stylistic influences of different construction periods, is supposed to take advantage of the base of an old Muslim minaret, and ends in a pointed Baroque chapel covered with tiles, after the earthquake of 1773, which presents in its four faces The image of “El Salvador” (the Savior).
Castle of Vejer de la Frontera
It dates from the X and XI centuries, in the time of Abderramán I and successors. It is located in the highest part, and possibly the oldest inhabited area of Vejer, based on an earlier one of the Arab era.
It consists of two courtyards: the main courtyard where the old well, which collected rain water through a canal. The floor of the castle is shaped like a spike, to avoid that the animals that were in the stables slipped. From the patio you can see the battlements, access them and see beautiful views of the whole village. In this patio is the private house that was transformed by Pedro Muñoz de Arenillas in the second half of XIV century, which was compared to the Marqués de Martorell (Marquis of Martorell).
In the XIV century it was residence of Duques de Medina Sidonia (Dukes of Medina Sidonia), lords of Vejer. It is included within the group of "Minor Castles" because it has only one entrance and exit door located at the most accessible point and easier to defense. Door framed in an alfiz horseshoe is the most appreciated vestige of Arab origin that is still preserved.
A plaque commemoration of Vejer and Chef-Chauen twinning can be seen on the inside on the castle. Both cities are closely linked for historical and cultural reasons.
Convent of Las Monjas Concepcionistas
It is the only vestige of the original convent of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción (Convent of Our Lady of the Conception) founded by Juan de Amaya in 1552 for his own burial and his wife. Especially its cover of Renaissance style and the crypts.
At its side is the most emblematic street of the city, el Arco de las Monjas (the Arch of the Nuns), consisting of a succession of buttresses that supports the side wall, built-in as a result of the earthquake of the XVIII century.
Palace of Marqués de Tamarón
The Palacio del Marqués de Tamarón (Palace of Marqués de Tamarón) in Vejer de la Frontera, is located in Calle Marqués de Tamarón (Marqués de Tamarón Street), near the Iglesia Parroquial El Divino Salvador (Parish Church of The Divine Savour).
The Casa del Marqués de Tamarón (the house of the Marquis of Tamarón) built by D. Juan Bartolomé del Santísimo Ahumada, Vizconde de las Torres Luzón (Viscount of the Luzon Towers), who "carved them at their expense from the foundations" in the second decade of the eighteenth century. After the death of Mrs. Teresa de Ahumada, in 1776, the last member of this noble family from Vejer, the house passes by inheritance and sale to different owners. In 1808 it was acquired by D. Francisco de Arrafán y Valdés, father-in-law of Mr. José de Mora, Marqués de Tamarón. After the death of Mr. Arrafán, the Marqués de Tamarón wife inherits it, was enlarged and reformed between 1833-1834. The residence of the Marqués de Tamarón until 1938 was the Palacio house.
Plaza de España
The Plaza de España dates back to the 16th century. It was originally designed to see bullfights, although in 1955 a fountain was built in the center of it; covered with beautiful hand-painted tiles in the style of Seville. The fountain will immediately captivate you, in part because it is the first thing you see when you enter by car in Vejer, and on the other hand because it is a place that is really worth visiting.
The Plaza de España is the nerve center of Vejer de la Frontera. In this representative location is where you feel the daily life of the village and is a meeting point of locals and visitors. Here is located the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) and Juzgado de Paz (Magistrate’s Court) and many bars and restaurants to enjoy the gastronomy of the area.
This emblematic Plaza, surrounded by palm trees, is located in the center of the village and is mandatory for all tourists, being one of their favorite places when they know it. During the XV and XVI centuries it was intended for the celebration of various bullfighting events and at present, held other type of events like the acts for “La Velada en Honor a la Virgen de la Oliva” (Acts the Evening in Honor to the Patroness the Virgin of the Olive), as well as the most important events of the municipality . In the surroundings of the Plaza we also find numerous restaurants to enjoy the tasty cuisine of the area which outline the fresh fish and seafood of its coastline, the "pescaito frito" (fried fish), the Carne de Retinto (meat of Retinto), the Lomo en Manteca (tenderloin in red butter) or their Andalusí cuisine.
Natural Park Santa Lucía (Vejer de la Frontera).
This natural environment, known as the "place of Los Molinos, located 3 Km. of Vejer, the people to which it belongs is hamlet, is declared a Natural Monument for its wealth of landscape.
Currently, Santa Lucia, has about 193 inhabitants, who base their economy on agriculture; in their lands there are abundant vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Account with an exuberant vegetation, due to the richness of the soil and the amount of water existing, since it is located in the slope of the plateau of la Muela.
Next to the aqueduct of romanoque possibly origin is found in this natural seven windmills were built of water (five, at present) of the 15th century, which were used to grind wheat and flour. At the present time are preserved certain parts of these, as for example, the remains of the cubes and several grinding stones.
The water, which comes from the Source of the Tooth, is in its day conducted through a delicate work of engineering that taking advantage of the natural unevenness of the ground, or by creating them artificially through aqueducts, allows the operation of five mills called: Santa Lucia, Pit, Batan, armadillos and Miraflores. Cross-cutting leads to the main water vein give rise to irrigation of the orchards of the environment.
All of these mills were the property of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, who charged a rent for its use. At the beginning of the 20th century the Count of Villariezo inherits Santa Lucia of the Ducal House and creates a power company, which supplied electricity and water to the population of Vejer, becoming one of the first peoples in these services in private homes.
The network of municipal water became in 1949, following the water in property of the Villariezo. In 1978 the town bought the springs.
Santa Lucia, thanks to its lush vegetation and beauty has become an important place to enjoy the rural tourism.
Candela of San Juan (June 23).
In Vejer, as happens in many other parts of Spain, will be celebrated, for the tradition, the feast of San Juan on the night of 23 to 24 June with the name of the Candela of San Juan. It gives the welcome to summer and always passes in a fun environment and above all magical, enhanced by the presence of the fire.
A very curious in Vejer De La Frontera, which also takes place in other parts of the province of Cádiz, is the burning of a few monigotes stuffed with straw or rags, Juan and Juana. Anyone who wants to participate in the burning of these characters, prepares the dolls at home and then leads them to the exhibition of the ferris wheel, where it is burning in the fireplace, receiving an award that best has made.
The Feast then continues in the Plaza de España, where it is released three bulls of fire and there is a verbena set to the music of a band. The toro de fuego is a metal frame, which, of course, by its name has the form of that animal, and on whose backbone are placed pyrotechnic components. What carries a person that runs behind the people to scare her with the sparks that releases the bull.
The feast, logically, continues until the early hours of the morning, so that the people of Vejer and visitors can enjoy the welcome you in a friendly and festive summer, the new station.
La fiesta, a continuación, sigue en la Plaza de España, donde se sueltan tres toros de fuego y hay una verbena ambientada con la música de una banda. El toro de fuego es un armazón metálico, que lógicamente por su nombre tiene forma de ese animal, y sobre cuyo espinazo se colocan elementos pirotécnicos. Lo transporta una persona que corre detrás de la gente para asustarla con las chispas que suelta el toro.
La fiesta, lógicamente, continúa hasta bien entrada la madrugada, para que así la gente de Vejer y los visitantes puedan dar la bienvenida de una manera simpática y festiva al verano, la nueva estación.
El Palmar Beach
Beaches & coasts
Beaches & Coasts
The beach of El Palmar is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches on the Spanish coast. It belongs to the municipality of Vejer of the Border in the region of the Janda. It is one of the most visited of the Costa de la Luz for its quality, its extent and its wild state. But that does not mean that it is a very crowded. There is enough space for everyone. In fact you can choose if you want to be with more or less people depending on the areas where you go. There are areas, especially at the ends, where you will have the beach practically for you.
It is a beach suitable for all audiences: families, young people, athletes…
Location and how to get there
The Palmar is on the coast of Vejer de la Frontera. Limited to Conil de la Frontera and the hamlet of Barbate, Zahora. To get there, when you go through the highway of Light, to 48, and there take the detour to the A2233 to Vejer de la Frontera. You come to a roundabout where there is a petrol station and take the exit of El Palmar. It takes about 30 minutes from Cadiz, 1 and a half hour from Seville, 10 minutes from Conil and Vejer.
Characteristics of the beach
The Palmar has a length of 4.2 kilometers and an average width of 80 meters in many areas. The sand is fine and white and perfect for a long walk. Its waters are clear and clean and do not have a lot of depth. You have to walk a bit, so that the water reaches the neck. The road is separated from the beach in many areas by natural dunes and the municipality of Vejer has wooden walkways to preserve it. For their services and the quality of its El Palmar beach has recently obtained the Q for tourist quality granted by the Institute for Spanish Tourist Quality.
To be a protected area you will find housing estates or large constructions. El Palmar is a rural area of rails, low houses, wooden huts and small businesses.
The length and the width makes it a perfect beach for a long walk. In addition, there are many companies in the area that make horseback riding at dawn and dusk. The peace and tranquility that you will enjoy, especially out of season, will make you disconnect all: work, noise, pollution and stress.
Its orientation makes have many areas with breakwaters, perfect for surfers. The days of lift strong the wind picks up sand, but there are areas where you can protect. A detail to know is that at this beach is not allowed to do windsurfing and kite surfing.
El Palmar beach is in a rural environment, although it has all the services you need. There are supermarkets, small shops, a pharmacy, hostels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, bars, surf schools and much more. A detail that concerned to visit in summer the area is the parking. But you need to keep it simple, there are many car parks across the road from the beach where you can leave your car all day for no more than 4€.
The surf schools are the queens of the Palmar. The conditions of the beach makes it perfect for both experts and novices alike. It is almost forced to go to classes if you are visiting the area. They are not expensive and managed by people in the area with a lot of passion and love for this sport.
In regard to the gastronomic offer, each year open new restaurants, given the wide demand that there is. You can enjoy traditional Andalusian food, with the best products of the zone and at a price over medium-high heat. Take a rice with the carabineros in a terrace of El Palmar is a pleasure that you must experience. There are also restaurants of avant-garde cuisine and international cuisine.
Also, there is a party in the area. There are many bars and beach bars where people have fun meets. Places like the postman, the gold or the Forest, are filled on a daily basis, especially in the summer. Many offer live music concerts and special events. People from all over Spain comes specifically to the area to enjoy the atmosphere of its bars.
Sports & nature
Sports & nature Vejer has a wonderful natural heritage and there are a few ways better to enjoy it than with a horse ride.
The Equestrian Club "wicker" of Vejer offers a comprehensive range of services related to the world of the horse. Horse riding lessons, tours, packages of several days … almost everything that may require a tourist who wants to know this aspect of local culture or any other person that you want to bring to the world of the horse.
The Club offers two routes of 3 and 6 hours respectively.
In the path of 3 hours is a beautiful journey through the rural surroundings of Vejer, including your hamlet San Ambrosio, famous for its Chapel Visigothic and El Palomar de la Breña, a nice hotel built in what was one of the pigeon breeding centers in Europe.
The 6 hour route also allows you to discover other points close to Vejer of great interest, such as Los Caños de Meca or the route of the bull.
They are very attractive, with very reasonable prices and ideal for the whole family.
The company also offers an interesting catalog of packages with different options but always with the horse as a center of interest.
From one day to one week, the club manages accommodation, guided tours to Vejer and other destinations nearby, tasting of typical camp activities, etc.
We recommend you to visit your website for more details of these innovative packages.
Horse riding lessons.
If you want to learn to ride on horseback and escape a little from the hustle and bustle of the beaches, the Club La Mimbre offers classes for all levels. There is also the possibility of accommodation of horses.