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Jerez Bull Route
The centre of the province of Cadiz is dominated by what is known as the Route of the Bull in view of the importance of dehesa pasture lands where the fighting bulls graze in the districts near to Jerez.
To the north is Arcos de la Frontera, also considered as the gateway to the Route of the White Villages. Situated on a hill of the Sierra of Cádiz encircled by the Guadalete River, this is a sizeable town, with large churches, such as Santa María la Mayor or San Pedro, and featuring many viewpoints, such as the one from the Cabildo Square, and white streets dotted with palaces. It is also boast an excellent gastronomy and is definitely worth an extensive visit.
Nearer to the centre is Medina Sidonia, a town which was very important during the Arab occupation, of which there are some fine remains, such as the Pastora Archway. Traces of this heritage van even be found in the acclaimed gastronomy, particularly in the local confectionery. The Collegiate Church of Santa María la Coronada, an impressive Gothic building, and numerous other monuments make a tour of the town highly recommendable, takinf in the fine urban design and a good number of palaces.
Medina, like its neighbour, Alcalá de los Gazules, offers wonderful views. The Atlantic maritime facade contains charming villages, such as Vejer de la Frontera situated on the top of a hill. The visitor's attention is caught by its tortuous urban layout in which its Medieval origin has been enriched by small mansions and churches. A stroll through the town is unforgettable and just a few kilometres away are beaches, such as El Palmar or La Fontanilla in the municipality of Conil, another village whose charm lies in its whiteness.
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