Road Trip Day 1: Conil de la Frontera, Los Caños de Meca and Vejer de la Frontera

This weekend Nur, CeCe, Moira and I decided to rent a car. It has been frustrating to be stuck in Arcos all of the time and we wanted to get out and see some of the villages that are around us in the Cádiz and Malaga provinces. Today was day number one.

We started the day by catching the 10:00am bus to Jerez where the ever so helpful Andrés picked us up from the bus station and took us to the airport to get our car . After triple checking that our car rental agency (Goldcar, great deal if you’re wondering) had no hidden fees or charges, we found our Ford Focus and embarked. Our first destination was Conil de la Frontera, a cute beachy town down on the south west coast. It only took about an hour to get there and once we got there we walked around a while and headed in the direction of the ocean. Today was a holiday (hence our not having to work) and, in addition, it’s the off-season for this summer tourist destination so unfortunately that meant that many of the cute artisan shops weren’t open. However some were, and I managed to not buy anything because I really need to not spend anymore money until winter break. When we got down to the beach we soaked it all in. The white village behind us was beautiful, and the ocean in front of us equally so, and the beach was nearly empty. After meandering around a while and finding someone to take our picture, we headed to a cafe to get some food and dranksss. We saw adorable babies and puppies and wandered aimlessly until an old man that had seen us more than once in different places asked us if we were lost. However, thanks to my master navigation skills and my superior ability to read a map, we weren’t, and we found our way back to the car justttt fine.

Conil de la Frontera

The beach in Conil

 Next we headed to Los Caños de Meca. This place was super tiny, I think it was just the one main road. Granted, it has a population of around 300 people so I wasn’t expecting much, but it had beautiful views of the beach and the ocean and a quirky cafe where we got to enjoy a bev.

Los Caños de Meca

Peaceful empty beach in Los Caños de Meca

Our last stop was Vejer de la Frontera. It is a town way up a hill/cliff like Arcos, and also all white, and has lots of historical sights. We saw many of them. Here are some.

It was really cute and had a really nice atmosphere, and I’m sure it would have been even more lovely had all of it’s adorable shops been open on a non-holiday. We walked around the old town and saw lots of cats and little windy (that’s tortuous, not gusty) streets and a beautiful sunset over this cute white village. We made our way back to the car and then headed home to Arcos.

A plaza in Vejer de la Frontera

Sunset through some arches in Vejer

Vejer de la Frontera

Walking out of the old town in Vejer

Overall, great first day of road tripping. More to come tomorrow!

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