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. But S is a good driver so it was fine in the end.
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.
© con jamón 2013