Arcos de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera is a town celebrated in literature, that sits astride history and legend and is the cradle and refuge of spanish writers and poets, such as Jesus de la Cuevas, who described it like "a cloud that had suddenly fallen onto the cliff, dazed by the whiteness against the sky‚ÄĚ.
The town is located in the northeast of the province of Cadiz on a spectacular high location at next to a deep cliff, on the right hand bank of the river Guadalete. The town sits between 50m above the river at its lowest part and 195m at the base of the castle. It‚Äôs the starting place for a tour of the Pueblos Blancos (white villages).
One‚Äôs first impression is of a row of whitewashed houses sprinkled with imposing monuments which rise towards an impressive rose tinted gorge. Arcos is typical of the white villages and is well worth a leisurely visit. Its best to leave your car at the bottom of the cliff and make the trip on foot.
The many visitors who want to see the monuments around the main square are joined by those who have come to the Mirador(Viewpoint) which is, literally, suspended over the gorge, but fear is overcome by wonder at the panoramic views across the countryside to the high Sierras. It‚Äôs a good idea to get a different perspective on the town from the bottom of the gorge which opens into attractive countryside of great botanical and wildlife importance.
While still within the outskirts of the town one finds oneself in the Paraje Natural de la Cola de Embalse de Arcos. A little further to the east is the Sierra de Grazalema natural park, a real jewel of the province of Cadiz.
The Lago de Arcos (Arcos Lake) is a good place for watersports, such as, rowing, dingly sailing, windsurfing and motor boating. Fishing enthusiasts have one of the best facilities and throughout the year there are many regional and national competitions.