I took a few of pictures of this street and to be honest I didn’t think it was of that importance. I just found the white houses with the black gates interesting. When I did a bit of research I found that this street dates back to 1747, but in 1880 the name of the street was changed to Padre Felix. Padre Felix was the Bishop of Cadiz who used to...more
This convent was founded in 1867 from what was 12 houses. I found out a little history which relates to my hometown Gibraltar. There was a nun who was originally from Gibraltar who converted from Jewism to Christianity and lived in this convent. She was buried in the convent.more
These ruins are just passed the Church of Santa Maria La Coronada. There is a bit of a steep hill climb to get to the ruins, but you have very good views of the town and of the Church. The ruins where also fenced off as there were some restoration works being carried out.more
This church was built in the 16th century on the site of an old mosque. It is situated in the higher part of Medina Sidonia. When I visited there where some repair works to the exterior but unfortunately I did not have enough time to visit, and all the doors seemed to be closed. This church was named as a Historical Building in 1931more
Not a great deal to see at this convent, the high walls and barred windows make it look a little like a prison. I came to a doorway at one end marked visitors entrance, I was about to take a peek inside when Carmen told me it was for visitors to the nuns and not for tourists. Not wanting to cause a scandal, I stepped back outside.more
This large gothic and rennaissance church sits in the heart of the Moorish part of the town. I liked the tower and the front facade, the tower being very typical in its style of Andalucia. At the rear of the church are some excavations of grain silos from the time of the Moors.more
Another typical Christmas sweet. Here they do it natural, is made by almonds, honey and nuts, plus lots of spices as cinnamon, cloves, etc
All this typical sweets bring us the muslin influences.
This is at shop we made our stop lol
Otro tipico dulce navideño. Aqui lo hacen completamente natural, sin conservantes ni nada de nada, solo almendras, avellanas, miel y algunas especias como canela, clavo, etc... De muerte
Como vereis todos los ingredientes nos recuerdan las influencias Arabes que tiene hoy en dia Andalucia.
I would suggest that you park your car and walk, the streets are quite narrow and Medina Sidonia is a small village. I must also add that there are a bit steep hills at times, but you also have many bars and restaurants to have a refreshment. Most of all the attractions are in the old part of the town. I didn’t find much problem in parking my car,...more
OK so this is a good opportunity to show off Stace and Carmen's awesome vehicle, the KIA which is a sports utility vehicle. It was a great and very comfortable car to EXPLORE ANDALUCIA. It was incredible, the way it had no problem going up steep hills and it had a feature which we sure could use - a back-up beeper which gets louder as you get...more
We found this small local shop selling candy, and pastries typical of this region. We spent quite some time in here trying to decide what to take with us. If I recall, I chose some of the local chocolates and Carmen bought some Turron for her mother ( made from Almonds ). In addition to this we both had some cakes (Chocolate Palmyras) to eat...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
The day we visited Medina Sidonia was shrouded in mist, a helpful attendant in the local gas station assured us it was in for the day. Fortunately for us within an hour it had cleared, but just be warned, due to the towns elevated position in a broad river valley it can be very suseptible to fog during the winter months.
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...more