House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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 with, 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 by Moorish tiles is the living room spanning the whole width of the house with a large, Moorish inspired fireplace (not that you'll desperately need it in Andalusia!), a round glass-dining table and comfortable sofa-sitting. Already from here, the first floor, the views are awesome. Then there is the lovely fitted kitchen, now, following the first, highly appreciated review, equipped with all the utensils you'll ever need, and - incidentally, and just in case it terribly matters, unlike the comment in this review, it IS made of solid wood but for the two panels either side of the fridge/freezer - and, through a glass-door, a small internal patio with a downstairs toilet. From the patio a terracotta staircase leads to the second floor and to the large bedroom with a huge fitted wardrobe and... OH MY GOD! The views... I call this 'the room with a view' and you'll see why for yourself. Then there is the smaller bedroom with a desk because... well, some people like to do some work during their holidays!.. and there is the large bathroom looking even larger thanks to a mirrored wall. A further terracotta stairs lead then to the internal balcony made of blocks of glass and surrounded, almost like a conservatory, by a wall of glass which gives to the roof terrace covering the whole house and offering truly breathtaking views over lake Arcos, the white lower town of Arcos, the Guadalete River, the Grazalema mountains and the surprisingly green Andalusian countryside.
Arcos de la Frontera is a magnificent place where you can sample the healthy, joyous style of Andalusian living - so contagious it will put a smile on your face and you'd like to come back for more. Arcos is also handily placed for visiting such great places like Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Gibraltar, the Natural Park of Grazalema, Ronda, Seville, Málaga or the coastline at the Costa de la Luz.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||El Puerto de Santa María, 40 minutes away|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Jerez, Seville, Gibraltar or Málaga.|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
The Andalucia region
Andalusia, it has been said, is Spain at its most Spanish. Everything you have ever associated Spain with come together in all its colours the minute you set foot on this wonderful region in the deep south of Spain. Moreover, we are in the province of Cádiz, the southernmost in continental Europe ensuring fine weather whenever you choose to come - rarely are the skyes grey. Oh yes, the summers are hot. But it's a much more bearable dry kind of heat. I am writing this in 'bleak mid-winter' under a crisp-blue sky with no wind and no cloud in sight and an expected 19 deg. C top temperature. We are, after all, only a stone-throw to the African continent from where we may get, if there is a southern wind blowing, a bit of fine sand from the Sahara desert into our roof terraces. But Andalusia is not only about fine climate. We have for instance, and at every turn, bars that serve tapas, small portions of delicious everything on tiny plates, along with excellent local wines to wash them down in style. You also may, while on the 'tapeo', the going from bar to bar to sample their tapas, stumble upon a live Flamenco show. Just like that. I say 'stumble' because Flamenco dancing is a rather spontaneous explosion which doesn't seem to go well with much plannig and ahead-of-the-event announcing. And what an experience that would be to re-live time and time again in your mind once you're back home!
Arcos de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera, as a good friend of mine from Denmark 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.
We have now, new for 2014, a lovely little beach on lake Arcos, just the thing for a lazy chill out. The beach will eventually be extended - once the ducklings hatch which at the moment are breeding in the area.
One nice little touch worth mentioning while talking about the area is the fact that the cost of living in Spain is, still in 2014, about 25% lower than compared with countries like the UK, Germany or France.
And another nice little touch. If you like ice-cream, like I do, you do get decent one in Spain, yes, but it's rather thinly spread and hard to come by which is rather surprising for a southern European country. But... you know what? You are so lucky! I lived in Italy for some years and believe me they don't joke with their gelati, it's absolutely wonderful everywhere. Okay, Alta Vista is not in Italy but you'll find a fresh tub of very... mmm... mamma mia!.. very nice Italian-style ice-cream in the freezer during the months from June till September. In October, November, April and May you'll find biscuits for your tea. Now you're smiling!
Ah, and since I was living in England, too, I know that nothing ever goes without tea, I know, so there are good quality Engish tea bags in the kitchen so you don't have to bring them with you. See? I told you you're lucky!
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4 Oct 2014
Un heureux accident qui nous a parachuté sur le quartier antique de Arcos de la Frontera (debe ser de Sevilla) au lieu d'atterrir à Séville... Magnifiques hauteurs blanches, lumineuses, étroi… More
4 Nov 2013
"Excellent! we loved it !"
We stayed for a night in this lovely house and recommend to travelers. The house is very well located, right on top of the town and fully equipped. The view is stunning with it wonderful Terese.The la… More
17 Jun 2013
"Recommended but a couple of issues"
First of all the owner was far more cooperative then many we have stayed with. He was fluent in English (and other languages) and was always on hand if we needed anything. Thus is unlike a couple of r… More
The kitchen is now extensily equipped, even beyond what the average traveller would normally expect. The garage, well, I couldn't make it any easier to turn into but, quite frankly, it is fair to say that a small car alone would not make it into the garage - it needs human input in the way of a little bit of driving talent to make full use of the car's small dimensions. I had several A-segment cars in the garage, mine including, without any problems. In any case, I am now more selective in offering the use of the garage + surely, it's not for the garage - and not even for the kitchen - that you come to Arcos de la Frontera!
15 Jun 2013
Alta Vista est une maison très agréable, bien aménagée, confortable.
La vue depuis la terrasse est magnifique !!
Pedro est très gentil et très serviable, aux petits soins pour ses locataires.
Je vous recommande Arcos de la Frontera et Alta Vista
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