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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.
In the heart of the historical and artistic old town of Arcos, part of the cloister
convent of nuns was transformed into the Hotel El Convento. From our room,
we enjoyed the magnificient views of the Peña and the Guadalete river valley.
Above - Our hotel with the Church of San Pedro in the background
The Church of Santa Maria was built in the 13th century, atop a mosque.
This monumental building is richly decorated and features a range of styles,
including late Romanesque and proto-Gothic through to Renaissance and Baroque.
Above - The 16th-century Iglesia de San Pedro, perched in a perilous cliffhanger of a position.
Below - Castillo de los Arcos
The castle was first constructed in the 11th century by the Moors when Arcos was
briefly a taifa (small kingdom) before being captured by the Christians in 1250.
Below - The Mirador de la Peña Nueva on the open side of the Plaza del Cabildo
offers stunning views over the rolling countryside to the west
Beautiful views from Arcos of the valley below
The Basilica of Santa María de la Asunción in Arcos de la Frontera rises up between
the pure and simple whitewashed houses, as a rich and uninhibited combination
of Mudejar, Gothic, Plateresque, Renaissance and Baroque styles.
Below - Our last look up at Arcos from the bus station