This route takes you around paths, lanes and shortcuts within the Costa de la Luz and the coastal area of la La Janda. The excellent climatic conditions of the area allows you to enjoy this walk in any season of the year.
Vejer's strategic location between Europe and Africa makes the town a witness of one of the most exceptional phenomena: migration.
You start at La Noria Fairground. Head southwest and go down until you get to the bridge over the river Doña Juana. Then, climb an old stone road until you see some vegetable gardens.
Continue your way up until the socalled Carretera de los Soldados or Loma de Buenavista, which gives the name to this route.
Opposite, you will find a picnic area and a viewpoint, from where you can enjoy amazing views, such as: El Palmar beach, Vejer's neighbouring town Conil de la Frontera, the hill of Patria, La Breña Nature Reserve, the marshes of Barbate and the wind turbines. Walk left along the path until you get to a crossing, where you will take the first way on your right. Some metres ahead, you branch off the main paved road leaving Foncubierta on your left. This new path will lead you to Catalina Pérez way. Walk around 500 metres and you go past two houses. Next, you will see a small path, which will take you to Catalina Pérez fountain. Afterwards, you climb up a tunnel with natural vegetation. When you reach the end of the tunnel, turn right and walk until you get to the Carretera de los Soldados again.
Finally, take an adjoining path which leads you to the town again. You will see the three flour windmills on the left-hand side. Following Andalucía Avenue and turning right at the end of it, you will arrive to La Noria Fairground, starting point of this walk.
You will be able to see migratory birds such as swallows (Hirundo rustica) and storks (Ciconia ciconia) but you will also find turtledoves (Streptopelia turtur), partridges (Alectoris rufa), goldfinches (Carduelis carduelis) and black kites (Milvus migrans).
The most important plants and trees on the Costa de la Luz are: olive trees (Olea europaea), wild olive trees (Olea europaea var. sylvestris), blackberries (Rubus ulmifolius), mastic trees (Pistacia lentiscus), argan trees (Calicotome villosa), holm oaks (Quercus ilex ssp ballota), thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and fig trees (Ficus carica).
LENGTH OF THE ROUTE: 6 KM APPROX.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: LOW
SLOPE GRADE: INTERMEDIATE
ESTIMATED TIME: 2 HOURS
START & END: LA NORIA FAIRGROUND
Places of interest
1. Old Stone Road
This old stone road connected the towns of Vejer and Conil in the Middle Ages. It was located on the right of the Loma Buenavista stretching towards the East along the hillside. It can be seen on the old sixteenth century engravings by Hoefnagler. Today only some sections of this road are preserved.
2. Views of the surroundings.
You will enjoy green landscapes with a rich and diverse vegetation.
3. Juan Cubierta Fountain
It is also a medieval fountain. Both, Catalina Pérez and Juan Cubierta Fountain, provided water to the livestock of the area and the residents of Vejer.
4. Catalina Pérez Fountain
It is a medieval fountain located on the way of Catalina Pérez. It owes its name to one of its owners. It probably dates back to the sixteenth century and, like the medieval stone road, is is also found in some old engravings.
5. Tunnel made of vegetation
There is a point in which the pathway becomes a green tunnel formed by nature itself.
6. Flour windmills
The windmills we find in Vejer were constructed according to the Carthaginian or Mediterranean model. It was a more solid masonry construction which adjusted better to the strong winds blowing in the coastal area of La Janda.
The windmills occupy an area of approximately thirty square metres each and consist of two different parts: a cylindrical base and the roof, a conical wooden structure covered with a sheet of zinc. The roof is supported by a wooden structure at the top of the base called telar, which enabled it to rotate and place the eight blades facing the wind. Then, four canvas pieces (one between two blades) were spread out depending on the strength of the wind.
The mills have got two doors on the ground floor and four windows on the first floor.
The ground room was destined to store the flour and included a kitchen under a spiral staircase which leads up to the first floor, area where the grinding process took place.
The first mill that you can see on the Loma de Buenavista is Santa Inés' mill, also known as the Duke's or the Marquis' mill, built towards 1830. The next two mills that you will find are Marquez's mill and Morillo's mill, the last being located at the area currently occupied by Il Maccinino pizzeria.