We’ve spent a bit more than a week in Andalusia, and to make the most of it, we stayed in three different places. We chose the places based on their location, so that we could see as much with as little travel. We still ended up driving around almost 2000 km in a week, which is still a lot.
For the first 3 nights, we have rented a gorgeous airbnb in Vejer de la Frontera, one of the most beautiful ‘pueblo blanco’ in Andalusia. It was just the 2 of us in the flat, although it’s been designed to accommodate 4 people (if travelling with friends or you’ve got kids). Our favourite place was, with no doubt, the rooftop terrace with an amazing view over the city. Perfect spot for a late night dinner and a glass of Rioja.
La Zalamera, is located very conveniently, steps away from the centre of the town, in one of the beautiful white houses. It’s the perfect spot to unwind, a home away from home. It’s small, but charming, with lots of pretty details and very chatty neighbours 🙂
For those traveling by car, while it doesn’t offer a parking place, it’s been very easy to find on street parking around.
We have just spent half a day in Vejer, wandering the winding cobbled streets and admiring the lovely white houses against the very blue skies. It’s a dream for every photographer, and I could not get enough of the narrow streets, churches, palms, little squares and pretty historical buildings.
Some places I’ve checked before and had on my list, but did not go in the end as our airbnb’s terrace was too pretty to leave it.
Tapas bars: Corredera 55, Restaurante las Delicias, Califa Tapas
Moroccan restaurant: El Jardin del Califa. Have heard that the views are amazing.
One place we’ve tried though, and we would recommend to all meat lovers, is La Castilleria. It’s believed to be the best meat restaurant in Spain, serving an amazingly delicious beef and Iberico pork and of course, other Spanish delicacies. You need a car to get there, as it’s 20min drive from Vejer, but absolutely worth the drive.
Day trips ideas from Vejer:
Barbate Beach for sunbathing and lunch at Restaurante El Campero
Zahara de los Atunes can also be an option for sunbathing, but also a great place to taste the amazingly fresh bluefin tuna. Places we would recommend for lunch: Taberna de el Campero or La Fresquita de Perea.
Playa Bolonia and the 30m high sand dunes which make this place so unique in Spain.
Tarifa, famous for windsurf and for sweets at ‘La Tarifena’ where there’s always a queue, people waiting to get their bread or sweet treats.
If you just want to relax at the beach, the closest would be El Palmar de Vejer – a wide strip of white, soft sand with a view to the hills and the white villages. We’ve been there in September and the place was almost deserted. The only watch out: the beach is popular for nudists, so be prepared for that.
Cadiz – the biggest city in the area and an important port in the Western Europe. Best way to discover the city is by getting lost on its narrow, cobbled streets. Make sure you don’t miss Plaza de la Catedral and the cathedral, Mercato Central for some fresh fruits or some local cheese and the famous jamon iberico. Have some tapas and a beer (everybody has beer in Andalucia) at Casa Manteca or some sushi at Gadisushi. Sunbathe or watch the sunset at Caleta beach.