31 Dec '16, 4pm

The sultry Spanish beach town to make a beeline for this spring:

Cross the fertile plains of the coastal barbate river in August and you will pass molten fields of sunflowers and wheat. Combine harvesters cling to little hills tilted towards the sun. Massive cabbage whites bash against my car as I idle along empty roads bordered by in-leaning crape myrtle and overlooked by storks in disordered nests on the top of telegraph poles. Vultures circle fields of black horned cattle. The city of Medina is steep. So steep that to get to the top requires passing through an old Moorish gate in the middle of town and then what feels like falling to your knees and crawling vertically into the ancient quarter. Medina is the oldest city in Europe. Cádiz may officially claim that title but, in fact, tiny Medina was the centre of a Phoenician colony first and then a major centre under Roman occupation. A grand Visigoth fortress became a Christian castle...

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