Vejer de la Frontera

Vejer de la Frontera

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Touristic zones: Costa de la Luz (Cádiz), La Janda

Distance from the capital (km): 54

Altitude above sea level (m): 200

Area (Km2): 262.88

Nº of inhabitants: 12857

Name for people: Vejeriegos

Postal code: 11150

Web: www.turismovejer.es

Description

The town was declared a Historical Site and awarded the National Prize for the Beautification of Andalusian Towns. Its Moorish heritage is evident in the popular architecture and design of neighbourhoods like the Judería. It is perched on top of a beautiful hill overlooking the River Barbate. The town takes pride in its historic legacy from past civilizations such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. In 711 the Battle of La Janda was fought very near the town. After this battle, the Visigoths lost control of the Peninsula to the Moors.

The town has always been walled and some of its towers are still well preserved (the Mayorazgo Tower, the San Juan Tower and the Corredera Tower), and its four medieval town gates are perfectly integrated in the town, namely the Segur Arch Gate, the Puerta de la Villa, the Sancho IV and the Puerta Cerrada. The Castle (11th-16th Centuries) stands at the highest part of the old town and can be reached through a beautiful horseshoe arch. It combines elements of Muslim and Christian architecture. The town also boasts some magnificent examples
of religious architecture.

The Divino Salvador Parish Church (14th-15th Centuries) overlooks the town and is a beautiful example of architectural evolution, with Gothic-Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque elements. The town has other outstanding churches: the Monjas Concepcionistas Church, with its stunning Las Monjas Arch; the Hospedería de San Francisco Convent; and, on the outskirts of the town, the Visigoth Nuestra Señora de la Oliva hermitage. The most outstanding civil buildings in the town are the Baroque Palace of the Marquis of Tamarón and the Mayorazgo House, both dating from the 18th Century, and the San Miguel Windmills (19th Century).

Vejer de la Frontera is only 9 kilometres from one of the most famous beaches on the Cadiz coast, the El Palmar Beach. This beach has more than 4 km of fine golden sand beaches, creating a stunning contrast with the crystalline waters and beautiful landscape backdrop. The wind in this area is also the perfect ally of windsurfers. Around the Torrenueva tower that  was built in the 17th and 18th Centuries to watch over and defend the Cadiz coast against raiding pirates and highwaymen. Today it is a popular site among nudists.

Segur Flamenco Night

This flamenco competition is held during the second fortnight of August and has been declared a Festivity of National Tourist Interest. It is staged in the stunning setting of the medieval fortress.

Montenmedio

This is a new complex combining tourist, artistic and sports activities. It has a very interesting contemporary art collection. It has excellent restaurants and accommodation facilities, as well as a huge range of leisure activities for all the public, particularly horse riding, quad biking, 4x4 routes or bird watching.

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Interesting web pages with more information on this place:

http://www.vejerdelafrontera.es/
Official Web of Vejer de la Frontera
http://www.comarcalajanda.org/
Web de la Mancomunidad de Municipios de la Janda
http://www.fundacionnmac.org/
Museo de Arte Conterporáneo NMAC

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