Medina Sidonia Local Customs

  • Doorstep perro.
    Doorstep perro.
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  • Grilled window, or Rejas in Spanish.
    Grilled window, or Rejas in Spanish.
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  • Decorated Patio
    Decorated Patio
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    Architectural details (Tiles)

    by Beach_dog Updated Jan 26, 2004

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    Image of the local Virgin

    Tiles in Andalucia are used profusely. Exterior walls are often covered to a height of a meter or so, patios and terraces are often covered, shop signs, street names, and images of virgins on churches.

    They are frequently highly decorative, using bright colours and design, many designs dating back many centuries to the time of the moors. Keep a look out for them on your wanderings through any Spanish town or village.

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    Architectural details (Ventanillas)

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    Grilled hatch on doorway.

    Another feature I noticed many of in Medina, small openings on front doors with ornate metal grills over them. I guess they have two uses, they can be opened to see who is knocking at the front door, much like the modern spyglass, they could also be opened for ventilation during the summer heat.

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    Architectural details (Rejas)

    by Beach_dog Updated Jan 26, 2004

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    Grilled window, or Rejas in Spanish.

    Walking through any Andalucian village you notice the wealth of Architectural details in the buildings, from the towns church, palaces, right down to the humble houses. Grills, balconies, ancient wooden doors with heavy iron studs and large corroded locks. Try to watch out for the small details, Medina has a wealth of them.

    Here is an example of Rejas, these are the grills covering windows to increase security of the household.

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    Architectural details (Patios)

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    Decorated Patio

    Patios in Andalucian houses are frequently highly decorated, ornate tiles and potted plants, its not unusual to even see palm trees on larger patios. The house owners often leave the front doors open so that passers by can look in and admire, they wont mind, if you dont cause a disturbance.

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    Household pets.

    by Beach_dog Updated Jan 26, 2004

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    Doorstep perro.

    It seemed that every house in Medina had its resident animal. Dogs and cats proliferate. This little chap could not have his attention distracted for a photo, I called, I whistled... to no effect. Maybe he was deaf :0)

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    Images of Andalucia 2

    by Carmela71 Written Jan 26, 2004

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    Do not touch them! but he did

    Chumberas

    You will find this plant in many areas of the Mediterranean coast.

    They have a fruit (the red one that I told him not to touch) as they have spines and are very painful, but opened by specialist, this fruit is delicious.

    In old markets you can find this old men selling them in a little bag with an old motorbike from its own "huerta", try them, very nice.

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    Images of Andalucia

    by Carmela71 Written Jan 25, 2004

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    there are some stamps related to Andalucia that can be found in many villages, one is these, the fountains.

    Here not only animals came to drink, also the women used to come and fill the bottles for their own use, and still you can find old women doing it.

    I guess the water comes from water springs and the flavour is nice that the tab water.

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