Welcome to Medina Sidonia
Medina Sidonia's hillock has been inhabited since early prehistoric times, and the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors all established settlements here. The town was reconquered for the Christians in 1267 by Alfonso X El Sabio and, from 1445, flourished under the Ducado de Medina Sidonia. Today, topped by a ruined castle of Roman origin and a Gothic-Renaissance church, and with an excavated Roman calzada (road) open for visits, history-rich Medina is very much worth exploring, yet it remains off southern Andalucía's beaten track. It's an easy day trip from Vejer, Arcos (40km north) or Jerez (35km northwest).