So, we’ve arrived in Vejer de la Frontera – here is a captivating view of the Andalusian hilltop town.
I’m here to catch up on what’s new in this increasingly popular destination – and visit some old favourite haunts too.
The town was Islamic until the 13th century and is twinned with Chefchaouen in northern Morocco – another hilltop citadel that’s a real pleasure to explore.
The wife of the founder of Chefchaouen came from Vejer.
The story goes that when forced from the Iberian peninsula during the Christian ‘Reconquest’ the Emir Sidi Ali ben Rasid built Chefchaouen for his wife who was so desperately missing Vejer.
In many ways little has changed here – the town still retains much of its original medieval layout, with buildings reminiscent of the Moorish period. Yet then there are many things that are very new – like the burgeoning food and restaurant scene and the growing hospitality sector.
I am staying at the charming Casa Shelly luxury guest house – so I will be back with a review shortly.