In 2011 we visited Arcos de le Frontera in the west of Andalucia, in the province of Cádiz. We’d been staying in Olhão in Portugal and drove across to Spain, stopping at Seville on the way.
Our main memory was slowly driving through the absurdly-narrow streets – followed by a procession of honking cars. No time to enjoy the stunning views of the Guadalete Valley – Arcos de le Frontera is perched high up on a ridge – we just needed to park.
We stayed at a beautiful house called La Casa Grande, run by Elena Posa. Over the years she has created a tranquil place full of plants, art and books – a little bohemian. There’s even a well in the central courtyard where breakfast is served.
Rooms are all different – we stayed in one at the top of the house with access to the terrace. The highlight was sitting on the terrace in early evening watching the swifts circle – intermittently hearing the church bell. The breakfasts were decent and we ate a couple of times at nearby Bar la Carcel.
La Casa Grande is highly recommended for a two-day visit. Just don’t look down if you’re scared of heights.
La Casa Grande on Trip Advisor
YouTube: Sunset at La Casa Grande [not our video]
YouTube: Insane driving leaving Arcos de la Frontera [not our video]
© con jamón 2013
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