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AND97 - ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA (Andalusia)

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  • Location: ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA (Andalusia)
  • Classification: Country Hotel
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  • Capacity: 12 en-suite rooms
  • Distances: Seville- 67 miles , Malaga- 110 miles, Jerez- 19 miles, Madrid- 383 miles.
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Description

This beautifully restored 15th century noble manor house is located in a quiet area close to Arcos de la Frontera, a historic white village. Story has it there was once a knight called Juan de Armario. In 1485, when Ronda was laid to siege by the Moors, he was the first to enter the mine where they kept all their supplies and died in the venture. As a reward for his bravery, the King granted the knight's sons five estates at the foot of the Sierra del Santiscal mountain range, where they built what would become the family residence.

This building has been tastefully converted into an elegant hotel with magnificent views thanks to its strategic location.
It consists of a classical Andalusian cortijo with an austere whitewashed façade, a grand portal and the peace and cool of the central courtyard. The hotel enjoys the views over the Arcos lake. The hotel has seven double rooms, three Junior Suites and two Suites. All the rooms have private remote-controlled air conditioning/heating and fully-equipped bathrooms. Since the hotel occupies a protected historical building from the XV Century, all the rooms are different. Some rooms have wooden beam ceilings, others have Arab brick or earthenware tile floors, panelled furniture, etc. They all are decorated in a cosy style that fits in with the style of the house. On the public areas, details from the Islamic and Andalusian cultures come together.

With just a few rooms, peace and tranquillity are assured. Guests are also sure to appreciate the attentive and personal service.
Other facilities include a dining room, reading room with fireplace, garden, arbour with private window, swimming pool, terraces, direct access to the lake, central Andalusian-style patio, bar and parking. The property is surrounded by a large state with sunflowers, wheat fields and olive groves. The restaurant offers a wide selection of fine Andalusian dishes. There are many activities open to the guest organised by the hotel, including horse riding, golfing, visits to wineries, and other outdoor activities.

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One of Andalucia's most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages), Arcos balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stopping abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the fertile valley of the river Guadalete below.

Declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location, the old town is a tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, the Castillo de los Arcos. As you'd expect from such a spectacular vantage point, there are exhilarating views over the town, the rolling plain below and the Serranía de Ronda.

Although its time under the Moors was one of its most successful, Arcos has had a long history of occupation, as shown by the discovery of numerous archaeological remains from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Tartessian, Phoenician and Roman periods. Plentiful water and its superb defensive hilltop location were the main attractions for settlers.

Among the most memorable of Arcos's pretty and often strikingly narrow streets are the alley-like Calle Cuna and Calle Maldonaldo, lined with elegant palacios built by the town's 18th-century nobility and overhung by wrought-iron rejas of windows.

Tapas bars in the old town are concentrated on or near the central Callejón de las Monjas. Try the Mesón El Patio, an atmospheric cave-like bar near the Santa María church that serves good-value tapas. If you want something more formal, one of the most upmarket restaurants in town is El Convento on Marques de Torresoto, which is in a 17th-century palace and has plenty of game dishes on the menu. The terrace at the luxurious Parador on Plaza del Cabildo is the place to go for a leisurely drink in style and enjoy the best views in Arcos.

Down below the town is the Guadalete river lined with olive and orange groves. There is also a reservoir (embalse), the Lago de Arcos, which is good for a swim in summer. Part of the reservoir is a protected area, the Cola del Embalse de Arcos Natural Area.

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