Historically speaking, the town of Medina Sidonia is one of the richest in the province of Cadiz, having been a meeting point for a variety of different civilisations.
Remains such as the caves which run from El Berrueco to La Sierra de la Momia, culminating in El Tajo de las Figuras (Benalup) and the "Venus of Fertility" ("Venus de la Fecundidad") prove that the area was inhabited in prehistoric times.
According to Estrabón, it was once Tartessian territory. The Phoenicians called it Bulla Assido, while for the Romans it was Asido Caesarina. With the arrival of the Visigoths it became the head of a bishopric.
The Moslems made the town the capital of Saduna, a large territory which played an important part in Al-Andalus (the name given to Moslem-occupied Spain) until it was destroyed by the Normans in the middle of the 9th century.
The Christian conquest of Medina Sidonia took place in 1264, when the town was captured by Alfonso X's troops.
From the 15th century until the time of the Cortes de Cádiz (Government assemblies), it belonged to the estate of the Guzman family.
Yusuf Ben Muhammad, a 10th-century writer.
Manuel Montes de Oca, (1804-1841). Sailor, politician and writer.
Mariano Pardo de Figueroa, who used the pseudonym Doctor Thebussem, (1828-1918). Writer.