Moorish Heritage

Moorish Heritage

At Spain’s Costa de la Luz, almost 700 years of Moorish rule (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 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. On the whole, the Costa de la Luz has little or none of the sprawling concrete jungle some stretches of Spain’s Mediterranean coast are dreaded for. When going on a beachside vacation in Southern Europe, you could be worse off than there.

From Vejer, further places of interest such as the cities of Cádiz, Jerez de la Frontera, or Sevilla are an easy 60- to 120-minutes drive.