Over the past two decades, this ancient pueblo blanco just inland of the wild Costa de la Luz has revealed its fiercely creative spirit, evolving into a design center where local traditions – basketry, tiling, ceramics – are now looking to the future. . On a similar timescale, the Hispano-Scottish team James Stuart and Regli Alvarez put Vejer on the map for a wave of savvy travelers: a few sober rooms have evolved into La Casa del Califa with Moroccan flavors, launched in 2001, which paved the way for their revolutionary group of dynamic small hotels and innovative restaurants.
The duo’s latest creation, Plaza 18, opened last July, a two-year project that involved restoring the Portuguese marble staircase, glazed sky well and checkerboard tiling of a dating merchant’s mansion. of 1896, by providing organic materials, low impact air con and water heating by aerothermal energy.
London-based Nicky Dobree decorated the interiors in delightfully bold tones (mango yellow, denim blue), with European antiques, Ralph Lauren lamps and furniture, and artwork including lithographs by Picasso. Savvy Spaniards book months in advance to stay in Room Six with its private access to the rooftop terrace during the hazy and hot summer, 15th century village walls loom on one side and the Atlantic coast and the Moroccan mountains of the Rif on the other. It is the moving, southern beauty of Cadiz as a microcosm – best enjoyed slowly, over a glass of salted sherry.
Hotel address: Plaza de España, Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz 11150
Phone number: +34 956 44 77 30
Price: from £ 140
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