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New Year in Vejer de la Frontera

Moorish flavours of the Costa de la Luz
 
This self-guided, single-centre walking break is the ideal way to start the New Year: mark the occasion with a celebratory dinner, and spend your days exploring with your included hire car – Vejer is an atmospheric hill town offering quick access to the coast for gentle strolls.
New Year in Vejer de la Frontera. 3 nights
New Year in Vejer de la Frontera. 3 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A New Year break on the Costa de la Luz

Deep in southern Spain, fewer than 60 kilometres as the crow flies from the Moroccan port of Tangier, Vejer de la Frontera sits on a ridge above an inland plain, its Moorish roots clear to see in its rectangular, whitewashed houses.

There’s no shortage of history to delve into in the surrounding area – from the Phoenicians and the Romans to the Napoleonic Wars, via several centuries of Moorish rule – but, equally, Vejer is an atmospheric place in which to look ahead to the New Year.
What’s more, you are a mere 15-20 minutes’ drive from the sweeping beaches of the Costa de la Luz, where, at this time of year, you will often just have the waves rolling in off the Atlantic for company.

You stay in the heart of Vejer at the Casa del Califa, which, with its labyrinthine passages and individually decorated bedrooms, is as characterful as the town itself. The hotel's vaulted restaurant makes a particularly charming setting for a celebratory meal on New Year’s Eve.
 

Winter 2020

Our New Year breaks are unavailable to book for winter 2020.
 
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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
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    mm 113 101 79 66 40 19 4 5 20 68 130 130
  • Choice of routes: 8.5km to 10.5km

    Circular walk from Vejer: 8.5km, 3hrs
    Step out of the whitewashed streets of Vejer, passing windmills to take an undulating, shaded path through woodland. Along the way you are accompanied by excellent views over the Barbate river plain.

    Linear walk to Barbate: 8.5km, 2.5hrs or 10.5km, 3hrs
    You’ll need to drive to the coast for the start of this walk, perhaps taking in the dune-backed headland of Cape Trafalgar (site of the famous naval battle), before setting off on sandy tracks through a forest of pines to reach the 16th-century watchtower of Torre del Tajo. From here you gently descend beneath biscuit-coloured cliffs, to the evocatively named beach of Hierbabuena (mint). Your target is Barbate, where you can relax on its attractive seafront promenade before returning to your car by taxi (pay locally).
    The circular walk from Vejer
    Circular walk from Vejer: 8.5km
    Linear walk to Barbate: 8.5km
  • Vejer, Baelo Claudia & Tarifa

    Town trail around Vejer
    Vejer de la Frontera’s Moorish influences are clear to see in its flat-roofed, whitewashed houses. We provide a short walking trail to introduce you to the town, taking in its main points of interest and some of its many pretty courtyards.

    The Roman settlement of Baelo Claudia
    Baelo Claudia is one of the best-preserved Roman settlements in Spain. There is an excellent visitors’ centre explaining the site’s main features, which include an aqueduct, forum, school, theatre, temples, salting factory and baths. (Closed 31 December and 1 January.)

    Tarifa
    Tarifa, mainland Spain’s southernmost town, is well worth exploring. While its coastal setting is very different from that of Vejer, this is another fortified town with strong Moorish roots and a rich history (it was here that the Moors first landed, that Guzman the Good later gave up his own son to end a siege of the castle, and an Anglo-Spanish force withheld a siege by the French during the Napoleonic Wars).

    Take a boat trip to Tangier
    Tangier can be reached from Tarifa – the crossing takes just 35 minutes by catamaran – so why not take the rare opportunity to visit two continents on one holiday?
    Tarifa
  • Celebrate with a special dinner
    The highlight of the break is, of course, New Year’s Eve, when we include a celebratory dinner (with wine) in the hotel’s vaulted restaurant. This à la carte meal – fusing Spanish and Moroccan cuisine and featuring locally caught fish and seafood – is rounded off with the customary uvas de la suerte  (‘lucky grapes’) as the clock chimes midnight, after which you can head outside to join in the street celebrations.
    Hotel Califa restaurant
    Excellent cuisine
 

Accommodation

Your hotel’s 2-star classification doesn't do it justice – it is a fantastic find, with good facilities, plenty of character and excellent service.
Casa del Califa

Bedrooms

What is included
  • 3 nights
  • 1 celebratory dinner (with wine)
    3 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • category B hire car
 
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