Arcos de la Frontera

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  • Day14

    Arcos de la Frontera

    July 11 in Spain

    Sam and I packed our bags and left our Airbnb in Seville to pick up our car from the Seville Airport. We caught the EA Airport bus and reported to the Enterprise Car Hire booth. We were allocated a Citroen which had only done 42 km - it was a brand new car.

    We drove to Arcos de la Frontera, our first stop for the day. This town is one of many white hilltop towns in Andalusia. This area was the frontier for many years in the war to expel the Muslims from Spain. The towns were fortified on hilltops and the characteristic white stucco finish on the buildings makes them shine white in the sunlight.

    Arcos is situated on a cliff above the river that formed the natural frontier. Sam and I climbed to the top of the town and overlooked the terrain for miles. It was a beautiful location and vista. We tried to get into the castle at the very top of the town, but it was closed for no apparent reason. We were able to get spectacular views from right near the big church nearby.

    There was a man and woman who had set up a very unusual and captivating exhibition at the top of the cliff. They had about fifteen birds of prey (in Spanish, raptors) including owls, kestrels, hawks, eagles and falcons. They were very majestic. People could wear a leather glove and hold them for a donation. We paid five euros and Same had a hold of an eagle and a kestrel. I held a huge Spanish owl. The owners of these birds have 90 in their aviary. They have two Mexican eagles they have trained to fly away and return to the glove. This takes a lot of training from when the birds are just chicks. Being so close to these majestic creatures was very special.
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  • Day5

    Arcos de la Frontera

    June 9 in Spain

    Today we have left Jerez and the coast. On our way to Ronda we have past some really nice and small towns. The first one was Arcos de la Frontera. The city is located on top of a small mountain and has lots of small streets with several Cafe's. It was a really nice first stop on our way to Ronda.

    Heute haben wir Jerez und die Küstenregion erstmal verlassen. Unser heutiges Etappenziel war Ronda, allerdings war heute auch der Weg das Ziel. Die Route von Jerez nach Ronda ist bekannt für viele kleinere "weiße" Städte. Auch wir haben uns ein paar angesehen und mit Arcos de la Frontera angefangen.

    Die Stadt liegt auf einem Berg und besteht fast ausschließlich aus weißen Häusern. In der Stadt gibt es zahlreiche kleine Gassen mit diversen Cafés. Da wir hier relativ früh morgens waren, konnten wir den Ausflugsbussen noch aus dem Weg gehen. Es war ein guter Start in den Tag.
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  • Day8

    Arcos de la Frontera

    April 27 in Spain

    Um die Mittagszeit erreichte ich ein weiteres sehr schönes Beispiel eines Weißen Dorfes - Arcos de la Frontera.

    Der Name Arco bedeutet Bogen. Die Häuser in den engen Gassen sind oft durch Bögen verbunden und werden so gestützt.

    Natürlich liegt auch hier der älteste Teil auf einem Felsvorsprung und es geht kontinuierlich bergauf, aber immerhin nicht so steil wie in Zahara.

    In einem urigen Restaurant habe ich zu Mittag gegessen. Danach bin ich wieder zurück zum Auto, um zur Hacienda El Santiscal zu fahren, wo ich die nächsten drei Nächte verbringen werde.
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  • Day9

    El Santiscal

    April 28 in Spain

    Einige Kilometer außerhalb von Arcos an einem kleinen Stausee liegt die Hacienda El Santiscal, wo ich noch bis Montag bleibe.

    Hier ist es sehr gemütlich und ruhig und es gibt keine steilen Felsen - nur sanfte Hügel und Felder.

    Ein Wanderschäfer mit seiner Herde ist vor kurzem vorbeigezogen. Das ist an und für sich nichts ungewöhnliches, aber da habe ich ein getupftes Schaf in der Herde entdeckt. Das fand ich lustig.Read more

  • Day31

    Arcos de la Frontera

    July 6, 2017 in Spain

    After a foggy start to the day at Grazelama, little did we know what adventures would await us arriving here at Arcos de la Frontera. Our guidebook and various travel blogs suggested to park outside the old town & to take a taxi to the guest house, which of course we ignored. We soon realised the super tiny cobble stone streets with medieval tiny arches and narrow corners, dotted with seats & tables from local restaurants were not meant for cars. While Annette was driving we folded in the side mirrors, the collision alarm from our hire car was on full alert from all sides - all while a local tried to coax us into turning into even narrower corners only so he could earn a few euros for helping us get out again!. Notwithstanding the madness of our predicament Annette managed to keep her cool, smiling. By this time I was determined to abandon our mission & to get out of the old town by the fastest way possible. Due to incredible good luck & probably because of Annette's slow driving the name of our guesthouse appeared on the wall of one of the houses. We had to stop the local traffic & unload our car into the courtyard & I drove the car a little further down the hill where miraculously I found parking. The whole episode was too traumatic for contemporaneous photography, so we went back later to record little of the local panorama that had given rise to so much consternation.Read more

  • Day31

    They say every picture tells a story - well, here we have a few. Whilst eating for the first time at what quickly became our favourite restaurant in Arcos, the police drove by...quickly necessitating that one of the restaurants customers, who was standing next to one of the tables with her twin stroller and two small children, step back to let the police drive through (because the tabbles are in fact on the 'street' edge)...and the police then struggled to turn the next tight corner (as we later observed all other drivers also did). It was hard not to be bemused by it all...Read more

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