Catch the turistic train from outside the tourist office. The journey lasts around an hour and is an excellent chance to visit the old and new parts of town without climbing the steep hills yourself!
Sample Vejer's fabulous restaurants
In recent years a number of fantastic restaurants have popped up in Vejer. All open for a leisurely lunch or romantic evening meal. Sample traditional tapas such as tortilla or jamon or fried sea anemone, cuttlefish meatballs and the famous fresh red tuna (seasonal). There is also a great Moroccan restaurant, French cuisine, numerous Italian restaurants and quirky wine bars.
Snorkel off the coast of Conil and see canons and canon balls left behind after the Battle of Trafalgar.
The thing to do for romantics and foodies alike. Some of the best fish restaurants can be found right on the coast, in particular Conil. Enjoy a local catch whilst watching the sunset over the Atlantic ocean.
Go horse riding
There is a well-known stables 5 mins down the road. You can book an hours ride or a daily trek through the beautiful Andalucian countryside.
Take a kayak out around the coves of Roche or the marshlands around San Fernando paddling past thousands of Island crabs and flying fish.
Go to the beach
The stunning beaches of El Palmar, Los Canos de Meca and Zahora are just 15 mins away by car. Within 30 mins you can be at Zahara de los Atunes, La Barrosa and Bolonia. All fantastic with fantastic golden sand and minimum development.
Try your hand at baking fish in salt or preparing freshly made gazpacho at a local cookery school in Vejer de la Frontera. Day classes and tapas/market tours available.
Vultures, eagles, hawks, storks, harriers and a whole host of other wonderful bird life to be spotted - all from the shady comfort of your own porch. Organised tours with a guide are available.
Visit Conil market
Fantastic flea market with plenty of hustle, bustle and atmosphere, every Friday morning.
Some of things to experience - visit the Cathedral, climb the Torre Tavira, explore the castle and get a sense of its naval history, visit the flower or fresh food market, go shopping, order the local fried fish at one of the many tapas bars.
The NMAC Foundation
Visit the contemporary art museum which has various exhibitions throughout the year. Located close to the Montenmedio Golf & Country Club in Vejer, there are often activities for children in summer months.
Some great courses in the area and all available to non-members. Montenmedio Golf & Country Club and the Fairplay Golf & Spa at Benalup are just 15 mins away by car. Both have excellent facilities.
Sip Sherry in Jerez de la Frontera.
Home of sherries - a surprisingly wide range of types of wine are made in the unique Sherry method and you can watch it being made if you visit one of the several Bodegas in the region. Tio Pepe is especially well organized with tours and generous samples! It's easy to find too.
Visit Tarifa at the far tip of Andalucía.
See the kite surfers (you could have a go yourself!), explore the castle, the quirky shops and tapas bars in the old town and marvel at the views of Morocco. Africa is just 11 miles away across the Straits. You can catch a ferry from here if you fancy a day trip to Tangiers.
Carthusian Horse Centre
Visit this stud farm on the outskirts of Jerez, the most important reserve of Carthusian horses in the world. See over 200 horses grazing in natural surroundings, mares and foals.
Be amazed by the scale of these largely unheard of Roman remains. A whole Roman city nestling at the foot of a giant sand dune on the Atlantic Coast. Afterwards enjoy fresh fish or paella in one of the hippy beach bars.
Visit Cape Trafalgar and Lighthouse
In 1805 the famous naval battle was fought just 5 miles off shore from the headland and you can begin to imagine the scene at this atmospheric and beautiful spot
Try whale and dolphin watching
You can take a boat out into the Straits from either Tarifa or Algeciras to watch dolphins, pilot and sperm whales.
Discover its cathedral and the exquisite Moorish palace of Alcazar. You can even take a city bus tour - it's a great way to see the sights.
Take a drive and explore
Absorb the stunning inland scenery. The white mountain villages of Alcala, Ubrique, Grazelama and El Bosque are all within easy reach.
Visit Gibraltar for a day
Definitely not Spain and not Britain either. A good day trip - the best bit is the rock itself so take a cable car ride or taxi to the top and visit the Barbary apes and St Michael's caves.
Take the kids to Aquasherry Water Park
outside Jerez. Make the children the excuse and have a great time yourself on the slides and flumes.
Visit Doñana National Park
Take a boat from Sanlucar and see its southern edges or drive to Matalascanas and do the full tour in a 4-wheel drive desert bus! - this is Europe's largest birdlife reserve and quite unique
Explore Medina Sidonia
See the cathedral and the Roman fortress and explore the old town that was once largely owned by the wealthiest family of Spain.
Festival del Otono
Jerez de la Frontera holds its Festival del Otono (Autumn Festival) in celebration of the grape harvest with a programme of events related to wine and sherry, lifeblood of the town, flamenco music and dance and Andaluz horses and carriages. The Fiesta opens with a mass in the Collegiate Church and usually takes place during the second and third week of September. For more information, go to: www.turismojerez.com
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