Medinaceli is an ancient city that was a meeting place for Romans and Celts, Arabs and Christians. At this juncture roads converge from central Castilla, the Basque Country and Catalonia. With the passing of time people have left a rich legacy reflected in memory and traditions. Moorland hills crossed by narrow valleys form a landscape marked by culture, where human footprint is translated into not only important monuments, but also such as a salt mine, vegetable and cereal gardens or fountains that relieve man’s thirst.
The old town is an important tourist center thanks to the beautiful Ducal Palace, the Roman Arch, the vitality of arts scene and the allure of its cuisine. History in Medinaceli has been preserved intact and, walking around the streets, its unique environment drives you in one simple step to a 2nd century Roman city or to the fortress of the struggle between Moors and Christians narrated in the ancient poem “Song of the Cid”. Two motorways , A-2 and A-15, ensure communication with Madrid, Zaragoza, Barcelona, Soria, Logroño, Pamplona and the Basque country, attracting each year more than 100,000 visitors.
In the region there are two protected natural areas where you can find rare species of flora and fauna (especially birds). Agricultural tradition and aquifer richness are connected with the source of Jalon River, making an ideal place to observe traditional lifestyles related to the land work and grazing.
Despite its potential this place is currently in danger because of depopulation. Initiatives like ours work to reverse this trend and to rebuild an environment where a lifestyle in harmony with the environment be possible.
Visiting Medinaceli and participating in our activities will help us to value local history and traditions, supporting a model of sustainable living.