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.