culinary vejer

well our little village is becoming a great place for food – who would have guessed this.  when we bought our house over 12 years ago, there was only a couple of restaurants, plus a few local bars who did tapas;  now there are a variety of high quality restaurants, not only in the village but in the countryside close by.  there are even cookery classes on the local cuisine – how amazing!

Vejer was recently listed in the sunday times top 100 ,  as one of spain’s tastiest town. it lists restaurant el patria and el castilleria (our favourite eating place, though mainly excelling in steak and lamb) as places to go, as well as participating at Annie B’s , where Annie will take you out to the  local food market and then teach you how to cook local specialities in her beautiful andalucian home;    she will also take you to Barbate to the local fish market – apparently still kept to its original working state with an amazing variety of fish to buy, including the famous locally caught tuna.

kay just came back from vejer in may, and although the weather wasnt perfectly sunny, she enjoyed a gourmet trail around vejer.  here are her comments, which i think sum up the restaurants in the area.
We loved:
La Patria for the quality of the food and the friendliness of the owners and staff;
El Tresoro for the sublime beef and spectacular view;
La Castilleria for the beautiful food and ambience;
La Vera Cruz because the food is great and it is very laid back;
Los Quatro Gatos because it was different;
and El Jardin de Califa because the garden was so lovely and the service was good.

the old windmills of vejer offer an amazing view of the surrounding countryside, out to the sea.

5 Responses to “culinary vejer”


  1. 1 Anna June 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Today’s (10 June) Sunday Times has a feature on Vejer as one of their 4 ‘tastiest European weekends’ … Needless-to-say we’re really looking forward to our stay!

    • 2 christina wilson June 11, 2012 at 7:12 am

      yes, i saw the article, dont agree with all of it, but have made a list in my own notes that i have given to you and of course on my blog. the weather last week was just perfect, between 24 and 31 C every day! enjoy. x

  2. 3 Andy Pearson July 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Christina. Really helpful and interesting blog. Which restaurants would you recommend with a ten year old child in tow please?

    • 4 christina wilson July 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      if you look on my blog under spain there are lots of restaurant recommendations, or the spanish website. its fine to take all kids to restaurants in spain, we have always taken our kids to them all from a very early age. obviously the beach restaurants are more fun for them, but they all equally love the others, such as el castilleria and the pizza restaurant il forno in la muela.

      thanks christina

      • 5 Andy Pearson July 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm

        Yes, you are right. Of course my kids are welcome at those restaurants. It’s just a case of switching from my English mindset to a more Mediterranean one. Thanks


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