Immediately outside the house is the Arco de la Pastora - Arch of the Shepherdess - built around the tenth century in the middle of a 500yr period under the Caliphate after the Moors wrested control from the Visigoths in 712. They in turn had succeeded a Roman colony built on top of the
Peter took us for a walk up to the top of the peak around which the town is wrapped, where one can see the windswept Andalusian countryside, now appropriately farming the wind for energy. From near the old ruins behind the Church of Santa Maria Coronada you can see to the Costa de la Luz and the Bay of Cádiz.
Dropping down the hill to the main commercial square we had a few drinks while everyone in the area it seemed came over to introduce themselves to Munson. It was almost inevitable after so many millennia of different rulers that Medina-Sidonia would eventually fall under the control of a visiting malamute. His short benevolent reign of one week would surely be remembered long after the last of the whitewashed walls had fallen.
Back at the house we dived into Peter’s fish-stew followed by a dessert of some slices of the local almond-based confectionary sausage.