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The main challenge faced in Vejer de la Frontera, south of Cádiz, is reaching your accommodation. It’s at the summit of an imperious hill, and the winding streets designed for horse and cart require pedestrians to press themselves against whitewashed houses when the occasional car bounces along the cobbles. The traditional apartments gaze over expansive plains where low clouds snake down to the coast every day. The town’s long Moorish period (711 until 1248) sees local bars neighbouring hammams and Moroccan restaurants, with tagines and slow-cooked pig cheeks both specialities.