arrived in spain with all the family, with a brief stop at finca cortesin, which completely gets you into the holiday relaxing mode, with its numerous pools and now with its added beachside pool and restaurant, it really is utter luxury – though with a huge price tag. strangely you dont feel as though you are in spain, just some lovely idyllic spot. however a couple of nights really does just do the job and then it was time to come to our vibrant and busy town. what i forgot about, was arriving at 9pm on a saturday night in august the day after the towns 2 week annual feria is mayhem – difficult to park, bags to carry up to the house – but once we arrived, it was back to real spain. feria is an annual festival celebrated each year in every town in spain, when all the family come together to basically have a week of partying – the whole town becomes a street festival with dancing and singing events – the streets close to cars and fill with chairs and tables for all the nightly eating and drinking. because it is so hot in spain, these events dont usually start til after 7pm, but can go on til the early hours of the morning. typically vejer chooses to have a fortnight of feria, whereas most towns choose one week.
the region around Vejer de la Fronterra is always worth an explore – each time we go, we always discover lots of new interesting things to see, places to eat. so we now always add on a day or two at the start or end of our stay and book one of the numerous hotels and posadas in the area.
a tasteful hotel that we always frequent for a drink and a look into the boutique shop is posada la sacristia in the old town of tarifa. i have never stayed in the hotel but the whole ambience seems perfect. just outside of tarifa, there is the rural hotel of el aguilon and the hurricane hotel too. The hurricane hotel has the bonus of being right on the sea front, lovely gardens, but the rooms are pretty average. montenmedio is a short drive from Vejer, and not only offers golf, horseriding, swimming pool, but also has an art gallery on the grounds too. casa siesta is a beautiful country hotel, just outside of vejer and offers peace, tranquility and fine dining – unfortunately they dont take children though. casa de los leones in Puerta Santa Maria is an 18C building converted to a hotel, as is palacio san bartolome. Puerta Santa Maria is one of my favourite towns by the sea to enjoy great seafood - you cannot go there without eating at el romerijo.