You will start you day visiting the picturesque town of Vejer de la Frontera. Located a top of a rocky hill, Vejer was an enclave for the oldest Mediterranean civilizations: Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans.
However, were the Arabs who left the deepest mark in the town after 539 years of settlement. The narrow winding streets, the ruined castle and the design of its houses, with their humble exteriors and bright inner patios have a morish seal.
From the highest point of the town you will enjoy the 360º views of the Atlantic, the Strait of Gibraltar and the surrounding countryside.
Of course, you will learn all about Vejer’s rich and curious history. Many old traditions have survived for centuries but perhaps the one that stands out the most is Vejer women’s traditional robe known as the “cobijado”
It is a black garment that wraps them from head to toes leaving only one eye visible, giving them an aura of mystery. Although it has been wrongly attributed to the Moorish past of the town, its origin is completely unknow as nothing like it is found in the rest of Spain.
During the local summer festivities girls and women from Vejer proudly dress up as “cobijadas”, the contrast of these black figures among vacationers is unique and surprising!!
You will continue your trip to Barbate, Spain’s most famous tuna fishing port. The traditional way of fishing each tuna one by one is still the way fishermen use. The almadraba is one-of-a-kind spectacle that dyes red the Atlantic waters.