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Medina Sidonia is yet another beautiful town which is not on the traditional tourist route. Set on the top of a hill, 300m above sea level, it is considered to be one of the oldest cities in Europe, its mountaintop location making it a difficult town to conquer.

Originally founded by the Phoenicians it was subsequently a Roman town of some importance and the capital of the Muslim district of Sidonia.  In the 15th century the town was the seat of the Duke of Medina Sidonia, one of the most important ducal seats in Spain and it was the 7th Duke of Medina Sidonia who led the Spanish Armada to its defeat in 1588.

The town, now with a population of around 12,000, has been declared an historical site and is characterised by its medieval walls and narrow, cobbled, winding streets with the hallmarks of both christian and Moorish medieval architecture. It recently won a prize as one of the most beautiful of Andalusian towns.

Medieval remnants abound, including the castle which was erected on the site of a previous Muslim fortress, churches and monasteries.

Medina Sidonia is also popular with visitors for its pastries and especially “Alfajor de Medina” a cake of Moorish origin containing honey, almonds, hazelnuts, flour, grated bread and spices which has been awarded a Denomination of Origin.

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There are numerous places of interest in Medina Sidonia; a Roman bridge, the monastery of San Jose del Cuervo, the ruins of a 13th century Arab castle and the arches of Pastora, Belen and Puerta del Sol to name a few, but if you want to see one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic architecture in the province of Cadiz then head to the church of Santa María de la Coronada.

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There are numerous places of interest in Medina Sidonia; a Roman bridge, the monastery of San Jose del Cuervo, the ruins of a 13th century Arab castle and the arches of Pastora, Belen and Puerta del Sol to name a few, but if you want to see one of the most outstanding examples of Gothic architecture in the province of Cadiz then head to the church of Santa María de la Coronada.

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