The town of Vejer de la Frontera in Cadiz, has one of the most important historical and artistic ensembles of Andalucía, and the castle, on top of the old town, is one of its greatest exponents. It is a visual reference from anywhere in the town that invites tourists to visit it. Leisurely strolling through the maze of white, steep cobblestone streets, it is a pleasure just reaching it.
Built between the 10th and 11th centuries during the reign of Abd ar-Rahman I, we can acces indoors through the only door from outside access, a horseshoe arch framed in an alfiz reminding its Arab past. It’s a strength of rectangular ground plan which highlights its two patios, the main courtyard where we can see the cistern for collecting rainwater, and the parade ground from where you can see its battlements and its towers. It has three rectangular towers, two on the north side and a third in the Center and a single communication with the outside on its West side. From the battlements, you will enjoy amazing views that dominate much of the region, and part of the coast. Vejer Castle was declared a national monument in 1931. Inside you will see a plaque of the twinning between Vejer de la Frontera and the Moroccan town of Chefchaouen.
In the Patio de Armas is the private house that was transformed by Pedro Muñoz de Arenillas in the second half of century XIV. Here lived the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, Vejer Lords, since the beginning of the 14th century until the end of century XIX, was subsequently acquired by the Marques of Martorell, who sold it to Pedro Muñoz de Arenillas, this sold one-third of the castle to the City Council to install in it a school that was open until the 1970s. Today two-thirds of the Castle are still privately owned and the interior cannot be visited.
It is a must see and the perfect place to see the entire coastline of the region of la Janda and the countryside.