Parador Arcos de la Frontera - Superbly located on the edge of the Guadalete, this Parador; formerly the Casa del Corregidor, affords an impressive panoramic view of the fertile plain, the river and of the old town of Arcos de la Frontera. It is an ideal starting point to begin the so-called Wine and White Village (Pueblos Blancos) Routes which includes Jerez de la Frontera, Grazalema, El Bosque and Ubrique.
Inside the Parador a typical Andalusian courtyard is joined by traditional decorative elements such as latticework and ceramic tiles. Wooden beams, rugs and round arches complete the decoration of the Parador. The bedrooms are all ensuite and very comfortable while the superior rooms with balconies offer magnificent views of a landscape filled with natural art and histroy.
The restaurant features characteristic dishes of the Cadiz region including ''urta rotena'' (a local fish dish) and oxtail or there is also a tempting "sampling menu" with eleven dishes to savour.
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Distances to nearest paradors
Parador de Cadiz: 70 Km.
Parador de Ronda: 90 Km.
Parador de Carmona: 120 Km.
Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro: 195 Km.
Parador de Malaga Golf: 201 Km.
Parador de Mazagon: 215 Km.
Parador de Ayamonte: 247 Km.
Horse Fair date varies, Jerez de la Frontera, 30 km.
Toro de la Aleluya. Domingo de Resurrección.
Feria de San Miguel. 29 de Septiembre.
Arcos de la Frontera. Old quarter.
White Villages Route. Grazalema (48 km); Nature Reserve.
Wine Route. Jerez de la Frontera (31 km). Visit to the horse show 'How the Andalusian horses dance'.
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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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