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Our weekend adventure led us to Arcos de la Frontera, a picturesque village of white houses elevated on top of a steep cliff. The Guadalete River swirls far below around three sides of the cliff base.
We had previously booked a room at the “Los Olivos” hotel and as luck would have it we managed to park directly in front. It is a smallish building of 19 rooms with a pleasant inner patio where you can enjoy a coffee and delicious breakfast. The room was very snug with double glazed windows and an amazing view of the rolling hills in the distance. See full review of hotel here.
We took some fabulous photos from one of the public viewing points, and you can see them on the gallery below.
It is becoming a rural tourist attraction with the underlying countryside making it an ideal place for outdoor activities such as trekking, horse riding, cycling and paragliding.
As a weekend retreat it offers a generous selection of shops, bars and restaurants. Meals in the places we visited were very good to very average but nonetheless enjoyable thanks to the surroundings and service. We were also impressed by the friendly locals who were usually happy to help with information and directions.
It felt eerie weaving in and out of the web of narrow cobbled streets, once occupied by Romans and Moors all those centuries ago.
A summer Feria happened to be in town so we meandered around soaking up the atmosphere. There was a buzz of excitement around the Bars, Cafes and Restaurants as people gathered to enjoy the festivities. Many of the women looked glamorous in their brightly coloured Flamenco dresses. When we were finally exhausted from all the walking, we stopped off for a refreshing drink on the terrace of a local bar.
We had lunch at a place called “Jovenes Flamencos” which was decorated in typical Flamenco style. The meal was okay and we guzzled it down with a refreshing glass of summer wine.
This place is receiving rave reviews on trip-advisor although it was recommended to us by friends who had already eaten there.
Been to Arcos? Tell us your experience in the comments section below?