Things to do in & around Vejer

Trying to list all the “things to do in and around Vejer” is like trying to list all the things to do in the South East of England. In other words, you have the whole of Andalucia to explore! Here’s a map anyway, and there’s a few details on these places below. We’ll be adding to this as time goes on, and we discover yet more hidden gems around Vejer!

View Trips from Vejer de la frontera in a larger map

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The coast and beaches

Beaches are covered more thoroughly (with lots of photos) on the Vejer beaches page.

The nearest beach is approximately 7 miles away at El Palmar. It’s sandy and usually safe for children with life guards in July and August. There is a coloured flag system to warn of times when it is not safe to swim. There are small beach cafes and surf shacks by the beach, but it is un-commercialised and there are no high-rise buildings.

Along the coast eastwards there is a beach suitable for small children at Zahora (not to be confused with Zahara de los Atunes which is further east). At low tide a large pool is created, but at high tide this can make it less safe as the beach shelves away quickly. Parking is difficult here so you need to arrive early, or else there are alternative parking places to the right down a lane, but not the easiest to find.

A bit further east there are various beaches at Los Caños de Meca, all sandy, but be aware that the furthest one has some nudist bathing.

On the road between Vejer and Tarifa is Bolonia Beach. This is a lovely beach, quite wild and with a high sand dune at one end. There are signs of Roman Ruins by the beach.

Conil, an old fishing town to the east (but somewhat spoilt by modernisation), has a lovely beach and further east there is Fuente de Gallo and even more beaches.

Other places of Interest

Cabo de Trafalgar – or Cape Trafalgar where there is a lighthouse. The Battle of Trafalgar was fought off this area and would have been heard and seen from Vejer. There is a lovely walk up to the lighthouse and places to sit and gaze and imagine what happened.

Tarifa – an old walled town where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean meet. The ferry crosses from here to Africa (Tangier) and at certain times of the year there are whale and dophin watching expeditions off the coast. This is definitely worth a visit.

Cadiz – allegedly the oldest town in Europe; there are Phoenician ruins near the Cathedral which one can visit. To get to the old part of town you need to drive right on to the peninsular. There are town beaches on the eastern side and an enormous harbour to the west.

Jerez (de la frontera) – inland and to the west. The old sherry town with an Alcazar –worth a visit- and quite a few Bodegas where you can be escorted through the sherry-making process and taste the various sherry’s. I have been to Tio Pepe and found it interesting.

Arcos de la Frontera – another pueblo blanco, north of Cadiz, and en route to the Grazalema National Park, and Grazalema town itself. This is a lovely area with magnificent views. However, this is a day’s excursion from Vejer.

The Alcornocales National Park (Parque Natural Los Alcornocales) is nearer to Vejer, an area of cork oak woods, and also worth a visit.

Spanish Horse Riding. The Royal Riding School is at Jerez and I think there are daily performances in the summer. La Cartuja another riding exhibition and the place where they breed the wild Spanish horses, and great for children, only has performances at 11.00 a.m. Saturdays and during the summer months it is important to book

There’s a local show we got to a lot, near Conil called “Flamenco & Passion” or something like that. Maybe “Arte and passion”. This year the show will probably be on Friday. You can see an article of a show Pedro made on Saturday in Marchena, Sevilla, in a wedding feria. Here’s a link to the Horses and Flamenco show.

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