Located in the heart of the province of Cadiz - in the Bull Route - between the mountain and the sea, Medina Sidonia has a privileged view of country-side and the Bay of Cadiz.
A visit to this town entails travelling through history. Within its streets you can discover past civilizations. The Roman colony of Asido Caesarina was constructed over Phoecician settlements, at the top of "Cerro de Castillo" , over 300 metres high.
Under Visigoth rule, Medina was capital of the province and has been center of the Church since the late 5th century. It was invaded by the Muslims in 712 and was capital of the Sidonia Cora. It was reconquered by King Alfonso X El Sabio in 1264 and became part of the frontier with the Nazari Kingdom of Granada.
This 3000 year old town has been declared Historic and Artistic Zone and of Cultural Interest.
From its hilltop location, Medina Sidonia has INCREDIBLE VIEWS to both the Atlantic and the Sierra de Cadiz. Often you can see as far as Morocco.
I love this picture of Stace looking over the village of Medina Sidonia and the Sierras.
Favorite thing: The Arch of Bethlehem or ARCO DE BELEN is from the 15th century. Through this arch you will see the Santa Maria La Mayor La Coronada Church. Once inside the Arch, look up and see a little cove in the wall, honoring the Virgin Mary.
As you pass through the Arco de Belen, you will have your first glimpse of the IGLESIA SANTA MARIA LA MAYOR LA CORONADA.
An example of aristocratic Gothic architecture, building on this Church began in the late 15th century and was built over a former mosque. Its Baroque Tower was completed in 1623.
Located in the Plaza de la Iglesias.
Entrada / Entrance: 1,65 Euro
Favorite thing: The walls that surround the orignal old section of the town date from the time of the Moors occupation. After the Christian reconquest tthey continued in use. Today only small sections remain, but three of the original gates survive.
Favorite thing: At the entrance to the town as you drive in from the south, is a small plaza with some Roman Statues, they have been discoved in the town during excavations. Two more headless statues can be seen in the entrance to the town hall.