Top things to do

Top Choice Square in Medinaceli

Plaza Mayor

The partly colonnaded Plaza Mayor is a lovely centrepiece to the village and one of Castilla y León's prettiest. The oldest remaining building is the 16th-century Alhónidga, which is the only building on the square …
Castilian in Medinaceli

Asador de la Villa El Granero

This well-signposted place, with a shop selling local food products at the front, is thought by many to be Medinaceli's best restaurant. The setas de campo (wild mushrooms) are something of a local speciality, thoug…
Ruins in Medinaceli

Arco Romano

Watching over the entrance to the town and visible on the approach, Medinaceli's 1st-century-AD Arco Romano (Roman triumphal arch) is one of the best preserved in Spain. It's also the only one in the country to boas…
Palace in Medinaceli

Palacio Ducal

This largely 17th-century palace overlooks the Plaza Mayor, and hosts regular high-quality exhibitions of contemporary art in rooms arrayed around the stunning two-storey Renaissance courtyard. In one of the rooms i…
Spanish in Medinaceli

El Aljibe

El Aljibe varies a little from the Medinaceli norm with a bright, contemporary dining area and occasional subtle twists on traditional dishes – we especially enjoyed the secreto ibérico con miel y mostaza (Iberian p…
Gate in Medinaceli

Puerta Árabe

Although modified down through the centuries, this gate on the west side of the village first served as one of four entrances to the settlement in Roman times and was an important gate during the era of Muslim occup…
Spanish in Medinaceli

La Bavieca

One of Medinaceli's more creative kitchens, La Bavieca does traditional specialities like lamb chops, but also a lovely pork-sirloin hamburger. For starters, why not try the quail eggs with truffles and wild mushroo…
Spanish in Medinaceli

La Ceramica

An intimate yet informal dining experience, La Ceramica serves excellent local specialities such as migas del pastor (shepherd's breadcrumbs) or ensalada de codorniz (quail salad), as well as the usual meats.
Church in Medinaceli

Colegiata de Santa María

This moderately interesting Gothic church was built in 1561 on the site of what may have been a synagogue or mosque. The 17th-century late-Gothic tower is visible from across the town, while the highlights of the in…
Museum in Medinaceli

Aula Arqueológica

This small exhibition space on the northern side of the Plaza Mayor has an interesting, 10-minute video journey (in Spanish) through Medinaceli's past. Otherwise, the fairly pedestrian, life-sized dioramas of histor…