ARCOS DE LA FRONTERAis found 86km to the south of Seville and, as with most places, is best accessed using private transport. The journey takes almost an hour and a half via the AP-4. If you’re resigned to using public transport, there are two direct buses at 11:45 and 18:00, neither of which are particularly convenient for a day trip. Alternatively, jump on the train to Jerez and then get on a bus to Arcos. It is a long and frustrating journey, but worth every kilometre.
ARCOS HAS AN ABUNDANCEof sights and sounds that will enchant even the most cynical of visitors, but the whitewashed splendour of its centre will take pride of place at the head of the table. The town’s castle is one of the most impressive in the country and has predictably found its way onto Spain’s list of Properties of Cultural Interest. The Basílica de Santa María de la Asunción is a 15th century church built on the remains of an old mosque, and if you close your eyes tight enough it might just transport you back to the heady days of post-Islamic Andalusia. There are plenty of other interesting churches, along with a myriad of cultural spots. But those white houses, oh yes indeed.
THERE AREN’T A HUGE
amount of restaurants, taperias and bars to choose from in Arcos, but that isn’t to say that you are better off packing your own little lunch for the trip. Dip into the none-more-Andalusian Taberna Jóvenes Flamencos for some traditional tapas, or give Babel a look for a tantalising mixture of Andalusian treats and Moroccan flavours. Most of the restaurants double up as bars (as is the norm in Andalusia), and keep your ears open for the iconic sound of flamenco. There are few more joyful experiences than a flamenco evening in this most magical of white towns.
ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA
isn’t the easiest place in the world to visit, but good things come to those who are willing to get a train to Jerez before jumping on a bus heading into the cliffs. That is how that old saying goes, right? No? Well, we’re sticking with that.