Iglesia de Santa María

White Street

Medina View

Iglesia de Santa María de Coronada white street of Medina Sidonia view of Medina Sidonia

Medina Sidonia is one of the white villages in Andalucía. Although we are half an hour away from the beach – that’s why Medina-Sidonia is called the Bay’s Balcony (Cadiz’s) – the town itself is a delight for the visitor to explore.

The town has long and turbulent history which goes at least as far back as Phoenician times. Later it fell into the hands of the Byzantines and the Normans. Then, Alfonso X el Sabio reconquered the town from the Muslims in 1264. Finally, it became part of the Señorío de los Duques de Medina Sidonia in 1440.

This hillside village of Medina Sidonia, considered by most to be the oldest city in all of Europe, and one of Spain's most important ducal seats in the 15th century. Ascend the narrow cobblestone streets to the ruins of the 12th- to 15th-cenury castle, fortress walls and the 16th-cenury Iglesia de Santa María La Coronada. Then revel in the stunning views of the luminous Mediterranean and towering mountains. Wander the delightful main square and delight the Conjunto Romano – well preserved sections of Roman streets and drains that are on display throughout the town.