Recognised as one of "los pueblos más bonitos de España", Vejer's reputation continues to grow and it has become an essential destination of the Costa de la Luz.
Vejer is one of the best preserved examples of an Andalucían pueblo blanco, and its proximity to the unspoilt beaches of the Costa de la Luz make it an unrivalled choice to visit or own a home.
Property in Vejer commands a premium—and deservedly so. While prices of modern homes are still depressed, the limited supply of quality houses in the much sort-after old town mean that the market is rebounding strongly. In the past year foreign buyers have returned in numbers and the strength of sterling has given a substantial fillip to demand from the UK, while the popularity of sites like airbnb.com have made it much easier for owners to offer their house in Vejer for rent.
Prestigious landmark house
Vejer de la Frontera stands some 200m above sea-level on a green hilltop set 8km back from the Atlantic coast.
Ruins have been found dating back to the 7th century B.C., but Vejer (then 'Besher') took on its distinctive white cubist form during the Moorish occupation from 711 to 1285, when the castle was also built.
Although the town has continued to evolve and expand, the historic walled centre remains a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets among white-washed houses and significant monuments such as the church that overlooks the town from the peak of the hill.
Nowadays Vejer is a thriving and increasingly cosmopolitan destination. During the past decade it has emerged as the gastronomical hub of the province of Cádiz, punching well above its weight, with a surprising number of first class eateries adding to the town's traditional offerings.
And sleepy El Palmar—Vejer's expansive local beach—has emerged as a hip surf spot which in the summer is teeming with the young and young-at-heart enjoying the emerging beach-bar scene.
As well as being a destination in itself, Vejer makes a great hub for exploring the Costa de la Luz, from kite-surfing Tarifa and the Roman ruins of Bolonia to the south, to historic Cádiz city and the sherry triangle of El Puerto de Santa María, Sanlucar de Barrameda, and Jerez de la Frontera to the north.