One of the many pleasures of Vejer is its accessibility to local beaches (10km. away ) while not being a ‘beach’ town. You can choose between the 12km stretch of fine sand at El Palmar or a series of sandy coves where fresh water trickles on to the beach through the sandstone cliffs at Cape Trafalgar (scene of the famous battle). In fact this area is famous in Spain for the ‘virgin’ quality of the beaches. Facilities on beaches (life guards, showers etc.) are vailable only from 15.07 to 15.09.
El Palmar - 10km. from Vejer.
Vejer’s closest family beach is a 12km. stretch of golden sand which stretches from Mangueta beach (see below) to Conil crossing a stream and a river (with footbridge) on the way. The beach has two historic stone towers and a small settlement with cafés and restaurants a few of which are open all year. The southern & northern ends of the beach are only accessible on foot. Famous as one Andalucia´s best surf beaches there are surf schools and board & wetsuit rental is available most of the year. Good kite surfing when the Poniente (Atlantic) winds blow. See Surf section.
Trafalgar Bay - 14kms. from Vejer.
The beaches here are overlooked by the imposing Trafalgar lighthouse. The ighthouse stands lonely on a long spit of sand surrounded by dunes and sea worn sandstone boulders. This is of course the scene of the famous battle & the ‘Playa de la Almas’ (the beach of Souls) gained its name after the fight was over & the bodies washed up on the coast. Two beaches flank the promontry. The ‘Almas’ beach is very exposed to dangerous currents while the ‘Playa Trafalgar’ is protected. No services all year.
Los Caños 15kms. - from Vejer.
The beaches here are narrower than most in the area but the high cliffs provide shelter from the levante winds which occasionally blow. Well protected from waves & currents and set in a natural cliff backed bay this is a perfect family beach. The beach is flanked by the Breñas Nature Park & the small resort of Los Caños. Beach bars and lifeguards in the summer only. A few restaurants. Looking for somewhere to stay? www.madreselvahotel.com
Mangueta beach - 11km. from Vejer.
A small bit of undisturbed paradise among the dunes and nature. Well done if you find the access via the ‘Bar Saboy’ between El Palmar & Zahora. Poor access along a rough track but worth the effort when you get there. No services.
Playa del Carmen, Barbate - 10km. from Vejer.
Barbates town beach is a great visit if you are looking for lots of real local colour, simple beachside restaurants, showers and services on the beach. Safe swimming, virtually no rip tide and only small waves due to its protected position. Great for families.
Playa de la Yerbabuena - 11km. from Vejer.
This beach gets its name from the fresh mint that grows in the pine woods above the beach. Empty most of the year but it does a have a beach bar in the summer. Stunning location under the Breña cliffs and well protected from the ‘poniente’ (west) winds. Plenty of parking but best not to leave ‘visibles’ in the car.
Zahora beach - 12km. from Vejer.
An extension of ‘Playa de las Almas’ go here if you have kids as in low tide the reef locks out the sea turning the beachfront into a huge natural swimming pool. Follow the signs to ‘Zajorami’ from the Camping Los Caños in Zahora. Beach bars and a couple of good restaurants in season.
Zahara de los Atunes - 18kms. from Vejer.
The longest beach in the area this massive stretch of white sand is accessible along half its length. The other half is property of the Ministry of Defence although the nearby barracks turn a blind eye in the summer to Sunday beach goers. Services along the Zahara town section. Exposed to winds however some protection can be found at the Atlanterra end.
Playa de los Alemanes – 22km. from Vejer.
Beyond Zahara beach & before the Camarinal lighthouse. Set below the exclusive millionaires retreat of Atlanterra this bay is subject to powerful currents. Beautiful location. No services, bars or restaurants. Can walk to Bolonia beach from here (30mins.).