Sunday, October 19, 2014

Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera

Vejer de la Frontera Pubelo Blanco  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

(In the homestretch now with just a few more posts from Spain!)

Before heading to Medina-Sidonia for an after-dinner walk (and delicious alfajores), we had to actually have dinner first. In Andalucía the pretty roads makes a multi-stop evening a joy, rather than overwhelming or tedious, so after a day relaxing by the pool we left Conil de la Frontera late in the afternoon and drove up the hillsides to Vejer de la Frontera first, a town I had picked purely for its pretty name—and because I read it was surrounded by orange groves.

(Another thing that makes driving around Andalucía so enjoyable is that every so often you'll see a looming wooden bull figurine towering over the highway and the fields where actual cows and bulls are grazing. While we weren't technically following the Ruta del Toro (the bull route), it was always amusing to see his proud silhouette.)

Ruta del Toro in Andalucía  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
View from Vejer de la Frontera  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Vejer de la Frontera hillside  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

We arrived in Vejer de la Frontera and parked alongside the town's stone railing with a view overlooking the valley. Everything from the graphite and alabaster tiled sidewalk and wrought iron street lamps to the white buildings of the pueblo blanco tumbling down the hillside amidst orchards was completely, if not over-the-top, charming.

When we actually entered the town's winding and climbing streets hunting for El Central, a restaurant I found on Google Maps a few minutes prior while in the car, we realized there was even more charm within the town's walls. I was enamored at first glance with the restaurant's picturesque setup down a flight of stairs and between whitewashed buildings with pots of geraniums and bougainvillea spilling over from the balconies above, but R went down to check its menu first before he was sold on it: Alhambra beer, check. Grilled octopus, check. Let's eat!

Vejer de la Frontera  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
El Central Vejer de la Frontera  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
El Central Vejer de la Frontera  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

After diner we wandered around town and happened upon a tiled fountain in the Plaza de España. It was beautifully Moorish with vibrantly-hued tiles and a circle of palm trees guarding its tinkly waterworks. After a little pause there we kept wandering and eventually found Jesus. What we did not find was the car.

Somehow we ended up on the complete opposite side of town (I think), and turning on our little Wi-Fi router for GPS access was not one bit of help what with all the higgledy-piggledy streets, but luckily as we had already eaten the hangries didn't rear their head so we enjoyed the hike (mostly).

Plaza de España  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Plaza de España  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Jesus  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
View from Vejer de la Frontera  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

Once back in the car we set off for Medina-Sidonia and our hard-earned pastries.

Updated—other Andalucía posts:
After 9 years, 9 days in southern Spain
Postcard from Andalucía
Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga 
Postcard from Andalucía: Granada and La Alhambra
Postcard from Andalucía: Nerja + Marbella
Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa
Postcard from Andalucía: Conil de la Frontera
Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia
Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona
Postcard from Andalucía: Sevilla   

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