Vejer de la Frontera

Vejer de la Frontera is a Spanish hilltop town and municipality in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, on the right bank of the river Barbate. The town of Vejer de la Frontera occupies a low hill overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar and surrounded by orchards and orange groves. It contains several ancient churches and convents, and the architecture of many of its houses recalls the period of Moorish rule, which lasted from 711 until the town was captured by Saint Ferdinand of Castile in 1248. Agriculture and fruit-farming are the chief industries; fighting bulls are also bred in the neighborhood[2] and a running of the bulls is held annually.

Vejer de la Frontera
Town and municipality
Calle Judería
Iglesia del Divino Salvador
Panorámica de la playa de El Palmar
Torre del Mayorazgo
Calle de Vejer
Flag of Vejer de la Frontera
Official seal of Vejer de la Frontera
The Olives' Town
Location of Vejer de la Frontera
Location of Vejer de la Frontera
Coordinates: 36°15′N 5°58′W / 36.250°N 5.967°W / 36.250; -5.967Coordinates: 36°15′N 5°58′W / 36.250°N 5.967°W / 36.250; -5.967
 • MayorJosé Ortíz Galván
 • Total58 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Land58 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Water0 km2 (0 sq mi)
 • Total12,739
 • Density220/km2 (570/sq mi)
DemonymVejeriegos/ Vejeriegas
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Official language(s)Spanish
CriteriaHistoric ensemble
Designated7 June 1976
Reference no.RI-53-0000206


Historical population
Source: INE (Spain)


Holy Week

Vejer Rally: It is the most important sporting event in the town, it is a test of the Andalusian Mountain Championship with more than 35 editions.

Carnaval: Traditional Cadiz-style carnival with chirigotas and comparsas and a wider range of costumes. It is held one week after the Carnival of Cádiz.

Holy Week: A sober and intimate Holy Week held in the alleys of Vejer. There are three brotherhoods: The Brotherhood of the Cristo de la Oliva which performs procession on Holy Wednesday, the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, which parades on Holy Thursdays and the Brotherhood of the Soledad which performs its procession on Holy Friday. The latter two are accompanied by Saetas.

Spring Carnival: Main festivity of the town with various casetas and attractions.

Verbena de San Juan: The strawmen Juanillos and Juanillos are burned, taking the shape of important personalities during the year. The festivity also includes the fire bull.

Velada de Nuestra Señora de la Oliva: Romeria where the patron saint of the town is taken to her sanctuary.

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  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  2. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Vejér de la Frontera". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 974.
  3. ^ Chaouen está hermanada con Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz), que a su vez estuvo bajo el dominio musulmán durante cinco siglos.

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