Southeast Cádiz Province & the Costa de la Luz

Crowning Medina Sidonia, this ruined castle sits on the most elevated point for miles around, on the site of a Roman military fortress turned 11th-century Almoravid alcázar turned 15th-century medieval castle.

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Nearby Southeast Cádiz Province & the Costa de la Luz attractions

1. Arco de Belén


One of three still-standing Moorish-era gates that guard the upper old town, dating from the 10th to 13th centuries.

2. Iglesia Santa María Mayor

0.13 MILES

With its Renaissance door giving way to a hushed Gothic-Mudéjar cloister, this 16th-century Gothic-Renaissance beauty stands on the place of an old mosque…

3. Plaza de España

0.16 MILES

Buzzy, cafe-sprinkled Plaza de España is dominated by Medina Sidonia's 17th-century, baroque-neoclassical ayuntamiento (town hall).

4. Museo Arqueológico

0.34 MILES

At the town-centre archaeology museum, you can see four well-preserved cryptoporticus and an underground Roman sewer gallery, plus the excavated 1st…

5. Walls

14.1 MILES

Enclosing the 40,000-sq-metre old town, Vejer’s imposing 15th-century walls are particularly visible between the Arco de la Puerta Cerrada (of 11th- or…

6. Casa del Mayorazgo

14.11 MILES

If the door’s open, pop into this private 18th-century house to find two stunning flower-filled patios (home to 450 potted plants!) and one of just three…

7. Museo de Vejer

14.12 MILES

Housed in a 17th- to 18th-century mansion, Vejer's museum has a small, impressive history and archaeology collection, running from the area's early…

8. Iglesia del Divino Salvador

14.13 MILES

Built atop an earlier mosque, this unusual church is 14th-century Mudéjar at the altar end and 16th-century Gothic at the other. In the late afternoon the…