Architecture, Europe

On the Moors’ Trail

At Spain’s Costa de la Luz, almost 700 years of Moorish rule in the occupied territory of Al-Andalus left their mark on the country. A great example is Vejer de la Frontera, a small town located on a hill overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar. With its maze-like network of alleyways it strongly reflects settlements of the Moors in North Africa.

A few miles from Vejer, the coastal village El Palmar leads to one of region’s most expansive beaches. Further places of interest such as the cities of Cádiz, Jerez de la Frontera, or Sevilla are an easy 60- to 120-minutes drive from Jerez. In my book, its rather unspoilt shores and well-preserved heritage sites make Andalusia one of the better choices for a vacation in Spain.