Casa Vista Castillo in Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Experience real Spain in the heart of Sherry country from our uniquely located duplex apartment, Casa Vista Castillo. Perched on the edge of an inland cliff in the historic fortress town of Arcos de la Frontera, the property forms part of a typical Andalusian house dating back to the Arab occupation. With a quiet "away from it all" feel, it is conveniently located in the heart of Arcos´ Old Quarter, with its lively shops, bars, restaurants and museums literally on your doorstep.
From your private terrace you can enjoy uninterrupted & breath-taking views of the town´s Moorish Castle, and it is this fantastic view that gives the house its name, Casa Vista Castillo. The sweeping countryside can also be enjoyed from the terrace, as well as beautiful sunsets and the joys of spontaneous shows from the cliff´s resident birds. There is lots to do too, as Arcos is perfectly placed for visiting Cadiz Province and beyond from the wild beaches of the Costa de la Luz, it´s capital Cádiz, the oldest known city in Western Europe, the sherry houses of Jerez de la Frontera, the wildlife and towns of the Sierra, the flamboyance of Seville and nobility of Ronda, all within a 30 to 80 minute drive.
The accommodation has been modernised but keeps a traditional feel with ancient oak beams, 4 metre high ceilings and décor that offers hints of Al Andalus with a light but cosy feel. The kitchen is well equipped and the bathroom was renovated just 2 years ago, offering a large walk-in shower. The air-con, which doubles as a heater in the winter months, is based in the main living area and we provide fans in the bedrooms, as well as ceramic wall heaters for the winter. There is also an electric towel rail in the bathroom, which is really essential in the winter months.
Casa Vista Castillo accommodates up to 5 adults and a baby. There are 2 bedrooms, one with a double bed and one twin bedroom with 2 single beds; there is a single sofa bed in the sitting room for a 5th guest. A cot for a baby can be set up on request.
Although the house doesn´t currently offer wi-fi, it can be picked up at several nearby restaurants, not even a 2 minute walk from the house.
As parking in the Old Quarter is very restricted, we offer our guests the use of a guaranteed private car parking space located a 7 minute walk from the house priced at 5€ per day, taking the headache out of where to park the car!
We have been welcoming guests to Casa Vista Castillo from all over the globe since 2007!
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lakeside Beach in Summer Months 2 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||250 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Jérez de la Frontera 25 km, Nearest railway: Jérez de la Frontera 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Andalucia region
Arcos de la Frontera is perfectly placed for visiting Cádiz Province and beyond!
Situated in the centre of the province, the nearest beaches of the unspoilt Costa de la Luz are just 30 minutes drive away at El Puerto de Santa María, with other beaches accessible within 40 to 80 minutes, depending on whether you´re looking for a family friendly beach, secluded cove or ancient Roman ruins.
Cádiz capital is 40 minutes away and is considered to be the oldest known city in Western Europe, founded by the Phoenicians way before the Romans ever came and which later became a gateway for the wealth coming in from the New World. Havana de las Indias in Cuba is based on the layout of Cádiz, so has a Latino feel about it.
The sherry bodegas and monuments of Jérez de la Frontera are just 20 minutes away by car. From Arcos we can see the beginnings of the Sierra de Cádiz mountain range in the distance, a great place for nature lovers and the home to more traditional white villages, the nearest of which is 20 minutes away.
Ronda can also be reached via the Sierra in just 55 minutes.
The flamboyance of Seville is just an 80 minute drive from Arcos.
The main roads in the province are excellent: newly built and uncongested, they make the task of driving a pleasure!
Arcos de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera is an historic cliff-top town: a natural fortress, it has been occupied by the Visigoths, Romans, Arabs and was conquered by the Christian Spanish in the 13th Century from the Moors. It´s current name comes from its appendage, de la Frontera, when it bordered the last of the Muslim Kingdoms in Spain, making it of strategic military importance.
The archetypal white village, Arcos retains many traditions, but maintains an open heart, welcoming over 100,000 visitors to its narrow streets every year, from those seeking the beach, to bird watchers, hikers, bar loungers, golfers (the nearest golf course is a 5 minute drive away at Arcos Gardens) and those just seeking to unwind in a beautiful place.
Apart from the many annual traditions outlined below, Arcos has a lively bar and restaurant scene. There are flamenco shows on offer, very local and traditional but to which visitors are welcomed and there is a general atmosphere of friendliness.
Some of our guests have described wandering the streets of Arcos to being in a film set...you live and breathe its history...from the Roman columns stuck in the walls (to stop the donkey carts from knocking the buildings!), to houses, in both the Arab and Jewish traditions offering tantalising glimpses of courtyards and promises of yesteryear to narrow cobbled streets, Renaissance buildings and ancient Churches.
Apart from the beauty of Arcos itself, below are listed some of the annual activities that take place here:
At the end of February, we let our hair down with "carnaval", dressing up, singing songs and generally letting go, before Lent kicks in.
Semana Santa attracts huge crowds, as for a week penitents from different local brotherhoods parade the narrow, steep streets: hooded and sometimes barefoot, these processions can seem eerie but fascinating to the uninitiated, but they are a tradition played out across towns and cities in Andalucía and are beloved by the locals.
In May we host a lot of Moto GP fans, and in the first week of May we enjoy the "Cruces de Mayo", or May Crosses. Groups of neighbours club together to decorate giant crosses in celebration of Spring, which are situated in streets and courtyards across the Old Quarter for the public to enjoy. We also tag along to the Annual Feria in Jerez, a 4 day and night extravaganza!
In July and August flamenco concerts can be enjoyed across Arcos: the biggest is at the beginning of August when we celebrate our Patron Saint, La Virgén de las Nieves, or the Virgin of the Snows. The main square in the Old Quarter is given over to a 2 night concert, to be enjoyed by locals and visitors.
In September, the old tradition of the Romería has been re-instated. Carts are covered in paper flowers, traditional dress is worn and there is a general atmosphere of low-key celebration. This takes places in the pine forests outside the town, is folkloric and tradtional.
At the end of September it is Arcos´s "big one", it´s annual Feria. A tradition that came out of the annual buying and selling of livestock, it is now an excuse to revel for 4 days. The traditional flamenco costumes are worn, as well as traditional horseman and horsewomen´s wear. There are horses, lots of bars, music and dance and it doesn´t stop until the early hours.
In the weekend before Christmas the Old Quarter is transformed into the Bethlehem of the Nativity Stories for just one night: thousands of people come to Arcos to witness this event and pack the narrow streets. The main square is transformed with water wheels, live stock, Bedouin tents, fields being ploughed, women cooking on fires and washing clothes. Other streets contain Herod´s Palace, usually with dancing girls in his court and the Holy Family can also be seen, as well as blacksmiths, bread makers etc. This is an event that locals participate in voluntarily and has become very famous throughout the province.
On January 6th the Three Kings visit Arcos: usually winding their way through the Old Quarter on decked up tractors, children and their families pack the streets, awaiting gifts and sweets to be thrown from the floats!
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12 Jul 2014
"If you go to Arcos, you must stay here"
Arcos de la Frontera is a spectacular place to visit, and the best views are right from the terrace of this lovely apartment owned by Marco and Isabelle. They were the perfect hosts, friendly and full of insider tips on where to go and where to dine (and do tapas). Isabelle shared so much Spanish history with us; we were fascinated by all the stories. The apartment is well stocked with everything a traveler might need, spacious living area and kitchen, a large, nicely finished modern bathroom, and two bedrooms. It is in the old part of town, perfectly located cliffside.
11 Jul 2014
"Home with breathtaking views"
This is a really charming home. We have enjoyed 6 stays here now. The house is really authentic and near to the centre of Arcos but it is so lovely and tranquil. Isabelle and Marcos take so much care to make sure that the house is welcoming and well equipped. Arcos is a beautiful town....check out Jovenes Flamenco Bar and Los Murales where local people treat you with so much kindness. Great place.
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