Vejer de la Frontera

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Vejer de la Frontera
Skyline of Vejer de la Frontera
Flag of Vejer de la Frontera
Flag
Official seal of Vejer de la Frontera
Seal
Location of Vejer de la Frontera
Location of Vejer de la Frontera
Coordinates: 36°15′N 5°58′W / 36.250°N 5.967°W / 36.250; -5.967Coordinates: 36°15′N 5°58′W / 36.250°N 5.967°W / 36.250; -5.967
Municipality Cádiz
Government
 • Mayor José Ortíz Galván
Area
 • Total 58 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Land 58 km2 (22 sq mi)
 • Water 0 km2 (0 sq mi)
Population (2020)
 • Total 20,314
 • Density 350/km2 (910/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Website www.vejerdelafrontera.es

Vejer de la Frontera is a Spanish hilltop town and municipality in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, on the right bank of the river Barbate. The town of Vejer de la Frontera occupies a low hill overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar and surrounded by orchards and orange groves. It contains several ancient churches and convents, and the architecture of many of its houses recalls the period of Moorish rule, which lasted from 711 until the town was captured by Saint Ferdinand of Castile in 1248. Agriculture and fruit-farming are the chief industries; fighting bulls are also bred in the neighborhood and a running of the bulls is held annually.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1999 12,731 —    
2000 12,674 −0.4%
2001 12,729 +0.4%
2002 12,727 −0.0%
2003 12,690 −0.3%
2004 12,685 −0.0%
2005 12,776 +0.7%
Source: INE (Spain)

Festivities[edit]

Carnaval: Traditional Cadiz-style carnival with chirigotas and comparsas and a wider range of constumes. It is held one week after the Cadiz city Carnival

Holy Week: A sober and intimate Holy Week held in the alleys of Vejer. There are three brotherhoods: The Brotherhood of the Cristo de la Oliva which performs procession on Holy Wedenesday, the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, which parades on Holy Thurdays and the Brotherhood of the Soledad which performs its procession on Hoy Friday. The latter two are accompanied by Saetas.

Toro Embolao: Two bulls are let loose in the city on Easter Sunday at 13:00 and 17:00 in the context of festivities throughout the town.

Noche de las Velas: Vejer's Night of the candles in May or June where all city lights are switched off and candles are lit throughout.

Spring Feria: Main festivity of the town with equestrian and cattle spectacles and various casetas and attractions.

Quemas de San Juan: The strawmen Juanillos and Juanillos are burned, taking the shape of important personalities during the year. The festivity also includes the fire bull.

Velada de Nuestra Señora de la Oliva: Romeria where the patron saint of the town is taken to her sanctuary.

International Jazz Festival: 26 and 27 of May.

Sister cities[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Chaouen está hermanada con Vejer de la Frontera (Cádiz), que a su vez estuvo bajo el dominio musulmán durante cinco siglos.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Vejér de la Frontera". Encyclopædia Britannica. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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