Medina Sidonia Travel Guide
Arch of Belen
This arch dates back to the 16th century and is also known as Puerta de los Gitanos (the Gypsies gate).
Built in 1871, as you can see from my photos at the time of my visit there was no activity at all, probably it only opens in the mornings.
The City Hall
The original building was constructed in 1673 but was had to be rebuilt in 1729. The top floor was built in the 19th century.
Calle La Loba
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...
Arco de la Pastora
Looking at the photo you would imagine to be in nearby morocco, this Arch was built in the 10th Century.
Convent of Jesus, Maria y Jose
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...
Castle and Alcazar Ruins
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.
Church of Santa Maria La Coronada
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...
The Main Square
Known as La Alameda and Plaza de España, it has a few cafes, restaurants and seems to be the meeting place for locals. At the end of the main square you can find the City Hall.
Mysterious castle at Medina Sidonia
On the horizon as one approaches Medina Sidonia from the coast, is a huge castle. It is NOT the castle in Medina Sidonia. Does anyone know anything about it? Is it on private land? We want to walk up to it, as we are ruined-castle aficionados.
Alfajores from Medina Sidonia
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.
Updated Jan 13, 2004
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...
EXPLORING ANDALUCIA BY CAR
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...
I dont recall.: Local candies and pastries.
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...
Architectural details (Tiles)
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,...
Architectural details (Ventanillas)
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...
Try to visit during good weather.
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.
Updated Jan 26, 2004
A LITTLE HISTORY OF MEDINA SIDONIA
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...
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.
ARCO DE BELEN
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.
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