The rich countryside that surrounds Vejer is home to no less than thee Nature Reserves or Parklands, each with very defined characteristics;
Wetlands of Barbate
This park straddles both banks of the river Barbate and runs from the township of La Barca de Vejer to the river’s estuary in the Atlantic Ocean. It is an area of marshes and lagoons that serve as a refuge and migratory station for a wide variety of birds. The park can be visited either on foot or by bicycle by following an 8km marked trail.
La Brena Pine Forest
This park is situated on top of the cliffs that separate Caños de Meca and the fishing port of Barbate. It contains an impressive forest of umbrella pines and offers a 7km trail that at times meanders along the edge of the cliffs. The views of the ocean below, the coast of Africa and of the intense shipping going through the Strait of Gibraltar are truly mesmerizing. This is particularly true of the stretch of trail between the beach at “Hierbabuena” and the fortified tower of “El Tajo”.
The “Alcornocales” or Cork Tree Forest
Some 35km from Vejer and nearby the small village of Facinas, lies one of the largest parklands on the Iberian Peninsula; the cork tree forest of Alcornocales. Thanks to rain which arrives with the Atlantic winds and cool summer mists which provide humidity during the dry season, the park enjoys a unique microclimate which is close to that of subtropical areas. The forest is home to lush landscapes and varied local fauna and can be visited by following a great number of marked trails.