This is the story of how I decided to drive a 25 year-old car, without air-conditioning, across Spain, the second time I took the car since I got my license. I had to wake up at 4 am since August in Spain is basically hotter than the sun. It was a highway to hell. I didn’t know what to expect, but serendipity found me again. My eyes were wide open and I found amazing things on the way to Medinaceli. One of these things where Osborne bull billboards along the road. Here is a picture of them.
But let’s talk about Medinaceli first. I arrived 5 hours later, from Barcelona. But it is only an hour and a half away from Madrid. When I looked up and I saw where I had to go I worried about my driving skills, but everything went right.
A beautiful town stuck in time stood in front of me. This town used to be a Roman settlement, then an Arab settlement. In this small historical village lived Christians, Muslims and Jews together. The cultural and
architectural richness is outstanding.
To start with, the door to this ancient village is a Roman arch with 3 arches, the only left in Spain, dating from I century. If you have the chance, wait for the sunrise or moon rise through the middle arch. It will leave you breathless.
CASTLE OF MEDINACELI
Secondly, there is a castle. Where the dukes used to live before the dukes palace was built. Nowadays it is a cemetery, but you can visit the outside and get an outstanding view of the fields and hills of Soria. There are marvelous landscapes to stare at.
Plus at night, if there is full moon you can go for a walk without any light and you will be able to distinguish every hill, farm and road. The stars shine at their brightest. You can walk along el Paseo, through the Moorish gate.
Other sights are the Colegiata de Santa María de la Asunción, la Plaza Mayor or La Canal fountain.
But the best way to discover this village is by getting lost and finding places along the way. Even if you think you are lost in a stone labyrinth keep walking and you will end up in a known place since it is a tiny town.
Summing up with, if you want a relaxing day, to feel like in the ancient times, to discover the historical vibe of the region, of going away from Madrid’s noise, visit Medinaceli. It is one of the most villages I’ve ever visited. Reminds me of Brugge but without the
canals and mass tourism.
Now I will let the images speak for themselves.
My next post is a Sigüenza travel guide. If you want to visit the region, do not hesitate to read my next post!