Spanish Coast, Moorish Past

At Spain’s Costa de la Luz, almost 700 years of Moorish rule (Al-Andalus) left their mark on the country. White Towns (Pueblo Blancos) with an almost labyrinthian network of alleyways closely resemble North-African settlements.

 

A great example of this is the village of Vejer de la Frontera. Its location on a hill overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar made it a strategic outpost during Reconquista. A few miles away, Vejer’s coastal village El Palmar ends in what is one of the most extensive and untouched beaches at the entire Costa de la Luz.

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.