The Roman Aqueduct Santa Lucia, Cadiz

Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia is a tiny village located in the Province of Cadiz, very near to the town of Vejer de la Frontera (4kms away). The village remains completely untouched by foreign tourism and is most definitely off the beaten track. Indeed, it was only in the last few years that tourists began to venture into this hidden paradise. A visit is highly recommended. 

A Tropical Eden

 

Santa Lucia, Roman aqueduct, Cadiz

This hidden valley is an authentic tropical Eden. The smell of honeysuckle, jasmine, vines and bougainvillea prevail with countless other tropical plants and flowers. 

The still functioning Roman Adequect has feed this lush valley for hundreds of years. 

Santa Lucia aqueduct, Cadiz

Gourmet Santa Lucia

Water pools Santa Lucia aqueduct, Cadiz The village is gaining a name for itself as a gourmet destination. Indeed Santa Lucia's neighbouring big brother - Vejer de la Frontera - was labelled as the 'Tastiest town in Spain,' by the Sunday Times (January 2012). 

Santa Lucia is no exception with two renowned garden restaurants and several bars. One that comes highly recommended is "La Nueva Tajea."

What to do?

Wandering around the old, Moorish streets is a pleasure with irrigation channels weaving their way through the village, the sound of running water and birds is omnipresent.  

One of the most symbolic walks is called the "Ruta de Molinos de Agua," the route of the water mills.

It takes you along a spectacular route past seven ruined water mills that date from the 16th Century. As you follow the ancient water channels, you come to various river pools and waterfalls where you can jump in to cool off during the summer months. The higher sections of the walk offer panoramic views out to the sea.

Getting there

By car - you follow the N340/E-5 in the direction of Vejer de la Frontera. The village is approximately 50kms from Cadiz. When coming from the Malaga/Costa del Sol direction do not take the exit for Vejer keep going straight passing an exit for "La Barca de Vejer" you pass a petrol station and the road to Santa Lucia is a sharp right (easy to miss) some 300m after the petrol station. Map

By bus - the nearest bus station is in the "Barca de Vejer" (see above) where all the main routes from Seville, Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera stop on their way to Barbate, Algeciras, Tarifa and Malaga and vice versa.  


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