Estatua de la Cobijada

Statue in Vejer de la Frontera

Just below the castle is a lookout point guarded by this statue of a woman sporting Vejer's cloak-like, all-black traditional dress, the cobijada, which covers the entire body except the right eye. Despite its similarities to Islamic clothing, the cobijada is believed to be of 16th- or 17th-century Christian origin; it was banned in the 1930s and, after the civil war, few women had managed to hang onto their full outfits. Today it appears only for local festivities.