Spanish Coast, Moorish Past

At Spain’s Costa de la Luz, the Moorish rule of almost 700 years (Al-Andalus) umistakably left its mark on the country. White Towns (Pueblo Blancos) with labyrinthian arrays of cobblestone alleyways closely resemble North-African villages. A great example for this is Vejer de la Frontera, located on a hill overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar. What’s more, Vejer’s nearby coastal village El Palmar gets you access to a seemingly endless beach.

 

Vejer is also a reasonable base for side trips to other places of interest, like the cities of Cádiz (1 hour by car), Jerez de la Frontera (1 hour), or Sevilla (2 hours).

 

The region is served by the airports of Gibraltar, Jerez de la Frontera, Málaga, and Sevilla – of which Jerez and Gibraltar are the closest but also least frequently served. Málaga has most connections, it is, however, the longest drive.