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Walking with the locals

Vejer isn’t an obvious and well-known destination for walkers but for us, one of the real highlights of our stays at Casa Colina Blanca are the wonderful and contrasting walks within easy reach. We were delighted when Antonio, our builder, invited us along to join his Barbate walking group. They made us so welcome! And now we join them whenever we can for their regular Sunday walks.

On this trip, we joined them as they walked from La Sauceda up to El Aljibe summit in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park about an hour’s drive inland from Vejer. The 12 km walk climbs up through cork oak forest to highest point (1091m) in the Park. The path is mostly shaded and the effort is rewarded by fine views on and around the summit. We have repeated this walk alone and it is moderately strenuous but route finding is straight-forward with the route guide we have printed for guests back at Casa Colina Blanca.

El Aljibe summit, Los Alcornocales Natural Park
El Aljibe summit

We also enjoyed a very different walk with the group, when they drove to Tarifa and took the coastal footpath east. You can walk as far as you want along the trail here. There are continual views across the Straits to Morocco, occasional interesting ruins and several places where you can drop down to the shore and see some interesting rock formations.

Coastal rock formations east of Tarifa
Coastal rock formations east of Tarifa

Ruins and view across the Straits to Morocco, stormy weather.
Ruins and view across the Straits to Morocco

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