Vejer de la Frontera, in the unspoilt province of Cadiz, south of Seville, is only ten kilometres from the wild dune beaches of the cape of Trafalgar and excellent local fish restaurants.
A fortified mountain town declared a national monument, which dominates the vast scorched plain below, giving spectacular views and an amazing sense of history in its whitewashed alleys and squares.
Numero 6 Calle Castillo is a series of original rooms radiating off an inner courtyard and a garden with vine, orange tree and a small pool to temper the unforgiving summer sun. Sleeping 6 to 7 in four bedrooms it is a charismatic, rambling old house with stone floors and beamed ceilings, a cave and a well. There is also a kitchen with washing machine and dishwasher, bathroom and shower room, a dining room and living room complete with television, wi fi, dvd and books. All of it decorated in a style befitting its origins. Enjoy the evening sunset on the roof terrace with distant views out to Africa. Due to there being steep outside stairs and a roof terrace, plus no way to close off the pool, the house is not really recommended for toddlers and very young children.
But the real joy of the place is that it puts you in the heart of this genuinely welcoming community, in the most fascinating part of southern Spain. This area has not been spoilt by tourism, is authentic and atmospheric with vast areas of virgin national park.