Siete Balcones

Vejer de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz, Spain Book from Book from £75 per night

Creative, arty and very affordable rooms in the heart of Vejer's labyrinthine old town centre
If you adhere to the 'Small is Beautiful' adage, this 4-bedroom guesthouse should be just the ticket. There are, indeed, 7 splendid balconies opening out to the winding streets of old Vejer, along with just 4 bedrooms wrapped round the flag-stoned courtyard, plus a reading room and leafy roof terrace for lazy siestas. Bryony and Wanda - ceramic artists from Britain and Madrid respectively - renovated the building to highlight its period features, then added a splash of urbane sophistication through 50s furnishings and eye-catching works of art, brightly coloured fabrics and kilims. The resulting mix feels intimate, light-hearted and uplifting.

Guests at Siete Balcones mark their own rhythm, though the owners are discreetly on hand should you want for anything. You come and go as you would in your own home. Use the kitchenettes to make your breakfast, grab a book from the shelf, then chill on the rooftop terrace with its sweeping views across the rooftops of old Vejer. And put time aside for wandering Vejer's plexus of narrow streets: this is one of Andalucia's most bewitching towns.


  • Vejer has seen a real Noughties renaissance and has a highly infectious buzz about it
  • You're plum in the centre of town, yet 7 Balcones couldn't be more peaceful
  • Fresh, stylish bedrooms, some with sitting areas and kitchenettes, all with a great price tag
  • Superb tapas bars and restaurants just a shake away from your doorstep, and beautiful beaches a short drive away
  • A peaceful haven as no children under 16 are allowed (of course, this is a Low for some)


  • The rooms have changed around a bit since we visited, and we're yet to see Room 2
  • Room 4 is pretty small, at 15 sq.m, and doesn't have a kitchenette (but it is cheaper)
  • A bit of a schlepp with your suitcases: streets in old Vejer weren't conceived with cars in mind and finding a parking space can be tricky
  • No meals are served, but most rooms have access to a private kitchenette
  • No twin rooms - this place is aimed at couples

Best time to go

Vejer is worth a visit at any time of year, and its proximity to the sea means that even in summer, it rarely gets unpleasantly hot. The beach season normally kicks off around mid May and extends until early October.

Our top tips

However many nights you've put aside for your visit to Vejer, add a few more. A week would be my minimum, 10 days perfect, even 2 weeks not excessive. This is one of the most beautiful southern Spanish towns, and the recent arrival of a sizeable ex-pat population has helped foster a surprisingly vibrant culinary scene. And with the beach and mountains within easy driving distance, you can really experience the best of both inland and coastal Andalucia.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique B&B
  • 4
  • Self-catering
  • Over 12s only
  • Closed: 23 Sep 2019 - 31 Dec 2019
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


We visited Siete Balcones shortly after it opened, and were given a choice of rooms. We plumped for Room 3, though I'd have been just as happy in the others.

All-white walls, wrought iron balcony rejas (railings) and geometric tiles are in the best Andaluz tradition, whilst the pick-and-mixing of patchwork kilims, tongue-in-cheek paintings, classic film posters and one-off furnishings from the 50s adds a postmodern note. There's a dock for your iPod, WiFi and an overhead fan to keep things cool during the fierce Spanish summer: no air-con, but the thick outer walls do the job.

Shower bathrooms are just as lovely, with walls of polished tadlakt and surface-top sinks created by Bryony and Wanda in situ. You'll find snowy white towels, a big vanity mirror and chunky bottles of olive oil-based shower gel and shampoo.

Bedrooms vary in configuration, following the dictates of the house's original floor plan. Moroccan-coloured Room 1 is the largest; it faces the street and has 2 French windows. Room 2 is a new addition since we visited, but we hear it's light and airy and has lovely Moorish features. Going upstairs, Room 3 has a chaise lounge and a beautiful 50s easy chair, while Room 4 is the smallest, and has no kitchenette, but its high ceiling and French window brings in the Atlantic light, and its partially open-plan bathroom maximises space. If Room 3 and 4 are booked together they share the kitchenette.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • IPod dock (on request)
  • Iron (on request)
  • Kitchenette
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


Each kitchenette has an extensive range of gleaming breakfast gadgetry: kettle, toaster, juicer, coffee maker and a gizmo to heat then froth the milk for your cappuccino. You can eat in your room, in the breakfast room, or on the roof terrace.

When it comes to lunch and dinner you couldn't be better placed: Vejer punches well above its weight in the food stakes. Bryony and Wanda's top recommendation is Casa Varo, which brings a creative and lighter touch to traditional gaditano cuisine (think carpaccio of tuna, sautéed artichokes, brochette of monkfish). Both the fish and meat are top notch, and for a good part of the year you can dine alfresco on the terrace.

I've long been a fan of Casa Califa, whose Middle Eastern and North African-inspired dishes make a nice change - and its walled garden has a real feel of Arabian Nights. And should you fancy local flavour, wander down to the enchanting Plaza de España to Cervecería Garimba for excellent fish and a big range of mouthwatering tapas.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster


  • Wander through the medieval quarter of Vejer with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, stopping for tapas when you get peckish

  • Head to the beach: both Caños de Meca and El Palmar, just 15 minutes' drive from Vejer, have superb sandy stretches

  • Hike the beautiful cliff path from Caños de Meca to Barbate, indulge in a big fish feast for lunch, then jump in a taxi to return to your car

  • Spend a day exploring Cádiz, one of the oldest and most fascinating cities in Europe. Don't miss the cathedral, 18th-century watchtower and the ancient Roman theatre

  • Head for the nearby Montenmedio country club where you can ride, play golf or visit its exhibitions of contemporary paintings and sculpture

  • For bird-watching, cycling and walking head to Los Alcornocales National Park, or take a day trip to the beautiful Grazalema Natural Park, setting time aside to stop over in Medina Sidonia

  • Try your hand at sea kayaking, just along the coast in Sancti Petri

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Wildlife


Not suitable for bambinos but children over 12 are welcome

Kid Friendly:


Siete Balcones is set in the old quarter of Vejer, southwest Andalucia in southern Spain. It is within easy driving range of Sevilla, Jerez and Gibraltar airports, and the port of Cadiz. Málaga is a little further - count on almost 2.5 hours by car if coming from that direction.

By Air
Jerez de la Frontera (70km) is the closest airport, but the hotel is an easy drive from Seville and Gibraltar too. Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.

From the Airport
Take a taxi (approx €80 from Jerez, €180 from Sevilla in 2011) or hire a car.

By Car
You will probably want to get about by car and explore the Costa de la Luz. For car hire see our car rental recommendations. For parking try the Calle Corredera, Avenida de los Remedios or down at the main car park.

By Train
If you'd prefer to travel by train, head to San Fernando-Bahia Sur, which is 45km away. From here you can take a taxi.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

More on getting to Andalucia and getting around


  • Jerez de la Frontera 70.0 km XRY
  • Seville 155.0 km SVQ


  • Beach 9.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests


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Bryony was a wonderful host and the room was beautifully designed. We had a lovely stay and loved the ceramics which we were able to view and buy.


Great place that design lovers will appreciate, a very nice village to stay and to explore the coast nearby, great hosts - everything that you are looking for in your Andalusian vacation. Highly recommended!


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