Arcos de la Frontera holiday house accommodation with beach/lake nearby, balcony/terrace and walking and TV

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This is white and wonderful Andalusia...

House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 317726

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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed

Alta Vista, Spanish for 'high view', 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 equipped with all the utensils you'll ever need 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, would you believe, 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 of the Costa de la Luz.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Nearest beach El Puerto de Santa María, 40 minutes away
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Jerez, Seville, Gibraltar or Málaga.
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General TV, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Access Not suitable for wheelchair users

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, since 2014, a lovely little beach on lake Arcos, just the thing for a lazy chill out. The beach has been extended for 2015 since the ducklings which have been breeding in the area and put out a 'do not disturb'-sign finally hatched.

One nice little touch worth mentioning while talking about the area is the fact that the cost of living in Spain is, still in 2015, about 25% lower than compared with countries like the UK, Germany, Italy or France, plus the very favorable exchange rate pounds/euro makes Spain indeed a very attractive place to visit.

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Review 1-10 of 10

15 Jun 2013


"Maison superbe"

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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