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Vejer de La Frontera & beaches, Spain

September 28th, 2009 | Thomas | Spain, Travel | 4 Comments »

Firstly, some shameless Vejer plugs:

Having spent a couple of months travelling regularly on the Ave train between Madrid and Barcelona, I headed back down to Vejer de La Frontera in Andalucia to meet up with my mother and sister for a couple of weeks of catching up & ‘recuperation’. Arriving in early September, the weather was glorious – Vejer de la Frontera, like all of Andalucia, can become far to hot for comfort in July and August – and we spent our time on the beaches of El Palmar, Los Caños de Meca, Bolonia and Valdevaqueros, and made a couple of day trips to Seville, Cadiz & Grazalema National Park.

The photo below shows Vejer De La Frontera from the air – The town of Vejer de la Frontera occupies a hill overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar (with views all the way to Morocco on a clear day) and is surrounded by orchards and orange groves. It contains several ancient churches and convents, and the architecture of many of its houses harks back to the period of Moorish rule, which lasted from 711 until the town was captured by Saint Ferdinand of Castile in 1248.

Vejer De La Frontera, Spain: Aerial photo

Recently referred to as Vejer de las Fashionistas in the press, due to the increasing numbers of celebrities (like Jude Law) spotted lurking within it’s walls, the beaches near Vejer are some of the least spoilt and most beautiful in Spain. Lying on the Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light), a section of the Andalucian coast facing the Atlantic, and with building restrictions brought in to combat the kind of development seen on the Costa Del Sol, it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Valdevaqueros, Tarifa, Spain

For those of you partial to your kitesurfing and windsurfing, Tarifa & Valdevaqueros lie only 35-40 KM to the South East. This is the busiest kitesurfing & windsurfing destination in the world. Luckily the huge beaches can cope with the hundreds of kites that descend on Tarifa – on busy Summer days there can be up to a thousand kites simultaneously flying. The downside for sunbathers is that on days that the Levante wind blows, sunbathing becomes a serious exercise in exfoliation. (Watch my video on Windsurfers on Valdevaqueros beach)

Map showing Vejer de la Frontera


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Tourist board video of Vejer de la Frontera

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4 Responses to “Vejer de La Frontera & beaches, Spain”

  1. Laura and Jameson
    September 29th, 2009 @ 4:41 pm

    Hey Tom!
    Thanks so much for the comment. It´s wild to think of continuing the adventure to the USA. All our family members say that things have changed since we left (refering to the Obama administration and all the pissed off conservatives), I´m not sure if I´ll even notice. But anyway, if we don´t like it we will just leave again and not return until everyone is happy, and there are rainbows on every corner and people stop murdering eachother all the time. From the way things sound we may have to flee just to retain what sanity we have left.
    We will arrive in Colombia the 30th of December and will stay until mid March. Would you like to meet us there? We can find another Krishna farm to work on. If we don´t see you again in South America, our next trip WILL be Spain, so don´t forget about us.
    Much love!
    Laura and Jameson

  2. Thomas
    September 30th, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

    I’ll have to wait and see what happens here first, but stay in touch and who knows :-)!

  3. 15 months on – a return to England | Earthoria
    December 23rd, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

    […] returning from Vejer de La Frontera at the end of September, I have been based continuously in Barcelona, or rather in Castelldefels […]

  4. Destruction of El Palmar Beach - Vejer de la Frontera, Spain | Earthoria
    August 25th, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    […] are trying to push through planning permission to build some super-hotels on El Palmar Beach, near Vejer de la Frontera in Andalucia, Southern Spain. El Palmar sits on the Costa de la Luz (Coast of light), the Atlantic […]

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