Town house in 'the white villages of Andalusia'

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 4
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ALTA VISTA, Spanish for 'high views', is a sugar cube-looking house on top of the cliff in the upper town of Arcos de la Frontera, one of the famous 'white villages of Andalusia', though Arcos is very much a town. The house is built on four levels reminiscent of an English town house though one with genuine Spanish character and features retaining, however, a bright, spacious, fresh and modern feel. There is, on ground level, the entrance, an in-house garage, on top of it a loft which interestingly once was a swimming pool and you'll notice the modern double glazed doors and windows, unusual in Andalusia. Going up a pretty staircase flanked w...Read more


Town house in 'the white villages of Andalusia'
Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

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Arcos de la Frontera, as a good friend of mine from Denmark just revealed me, is featured in the book '1000 Places to Visit Before You Die'. It is definitely a picturesque place and one that forms part of the famous 'white villages of Andalusia'. And there are lots to see and do in and around Arcos, probably too much to take it all in just one stay and they would all be included in a list of 'musts'. There is the live Nativity before Christmas whereby the upper town of Arcos is converted in the town of Betlehem around the time of Christ's birth, all done so authentically you may be forgiving for thinking you've been time-travelling! The city of Cádiz, a beautiful, three millenium place, celebrates in February its famous, sumptious and colourful Carnival. Then there is the Moto GP-event usually in April in Jerez to where bikers all over Europe flock to the area. An also much-loved event in Arcos is Easter, to where, again, people come from far. Also in April, this time in Seville, is the Feria, a most classic Spanish event where you can admire proud ladies in their beautiful Sevillana dresses and dancing horses trained locally to world top-class standards among others. And if horses are your thing, the Jerez-feria in May, centred on the horse, is for you. Also in Jerez is the Royal Spanish Equestrian School you can visit all year as you can, all year as well, take a tour of a Sherry-bodega which even non-wine drinkers find highly interesting.

Now, talking of location, here's something nice: the cost of living in Spain is, still in 2013, about 20% lower than in countries like the Uk, Germany or France.

Oh, and another perhaps a bit strange but rather nice thing to do during a Spanish summer is... do you know what's the most popular summer drink in the area? No? Okay. Ask for 'TINTO DE VERANO' (= 'summer-red'). It's served ice-cold everywhere as a replacement for the now rather out of fashion Sangría and it's a mix of red wine with either a clear, orangey or lemony fizzy drink. I know, it's a terrible thing to do to the excellent Spanish wine production but turn it the other way round, think what a brilliant way to up-rate a so-so fizzy drink! The result is, well, you either love it or it leaves you indifferent depending on how much you feel sorry for the wine but, and this is the whole point, if you glance to the table next to yours, and again accross to the other one over there you'll see that the drinks on your table are the same as those the locals are enjoying and this will, no doubt, boost your confidence by feeling you're part of it to the point of knowing the little secrets of Spanish life. 'Yesss', you go, 'this drink might be horrible but I feel Spanish and I'm in España, ¡olé!'

Nearest airport is Jerez but you will find that few flights are going to this destination. Much better is Seville, about 1 hour and 20 minutes away, while Gibraltar and Málaga, 2 and 2 and a half hours away are much further away.

It is strongy recommended you rent a car. Motoring in Spain is, compared with other well developped European countries, simply heaven. We have a fine network of secundary roads with almost no traffic on them and to explore them at your pace through a scenery of olive, cork, orange and lemon trees, with a gentle breeze moving the palm trees, visiting those lovely white washed villages and making every now and again a tapas break whilst meeting the locals is simply motoring, or motorcycling, at its finest. BUT, and it's an important point, you must, unless you definitely need the added space, rent a SMALL car. Arcos, like some other towns and villages in Spain and especially in Andalusia, is a Moorish town with quaint, picturesque and lovely cobbled streets though they come with lots of sudden, sharp 90° turns, are often quite steep and most of all are very, yes, VERY narrow and you'd make life so much more difficult for you with a bigger car. Go for an A-segment car, such as Fiat 500 or Panda, Ford Ka, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Renault Twingo, Smart ForTwo, Toyota IQ, VW Up!, etc.

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Lake nearby, River, Town


Last updated on June 04, 2013
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  • Alarm Clock
  • Washing Machine
  • Safe
  • Linens Provided
  • Fireplace
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Sofabed
Pool / Spa
  • Outdoor Pool
Property Features
  • River Views
  • Lake Views
  • Mountain Views
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric Stove
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Garage
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Terrace
  • Patio
  • Pet friendly - yes
  • Smoking allowed - no
  • Suitable for children - yes
  • Suitable for the elderly - no
  • Wheelchair accessible - no
Living space
  • 93 square meters

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