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Alta Vista

This is white and wonderful Andalusia...
...where Moorish heritage, like these beautiful tiles, awaits you in abundancy.
Tha's how you enter the living room - through a hole in the floor...
...and that's the first thing you get to see - I was born in a place called Altavista.
A comfy corner to relax with good company  and a glass of sherry, our local tipple
This issa Venus, her fatherr, Sandro, wassa italiano though she wassa born in Cyprus.
You are... er... you ARE admiring the Moorish tiles... I-I'm sure you are...
The view out of this window will linger in your memory long after you returned home...
Shhh... this is the sweet little room some ladies sneak into to secretly put on their make-up...
...and up there they secretly sneak up for a good read like... like 50 Shades of Grey.
It's a sugar-cube. Sweet, isn't it?
'Sugar-cubes' cascading down from the upper to the lower town of Arcos.
Dim, yellow street lights add romance, not crime protection as we don't have any crime.
In the deep south of sunny Spain...
...you can enjoy some of the most memorable walks.
Alta Vista, in the upper town, is ideal to explore magnificent old Arcos
I know it's a steep walk up to Alta Vista but just look how you're rewarded, LOOK!
Er... no, it's not the Colorado, it's the Guadalete river.
One of my friend Massimo's sublime pictures of Arcos.
Massimo's magic seen here again. The column to the right is actually Roman.
Er... no, it's not Positano on the Amalfi Coast, it's Arcos de la Frontera in Andalusia.
Many times I tried in vain to take this shot. Massimo just went 'click'... ahh, grazie!
Massimo, from Milano, likes ourr little beach... and the girrls in topaless! (M-me too).
You can play chess on a (rare) rainy day...
...or just recline in the internal balcony and think of... o-of Dakota Johnson
You can bring along your (good) friends and impress them. There's sitting for seven
Some people, eh?! They love to do some work during their hols...
...though this is the sweet little room sometimes even couples don't resist to use
This is the room with the unforgettable view...
...though you don't care, do you? You just go 'gh... zzz... gh... zzz...'
Massimo reckons this reminds him of a Milanese pizzeria. Don't ask.
A friend in Florida worries one day a hurrican may blow away his roof. We don't have any roofs!
Oh no, not you again. Don't tell me you're STILL looking at the tiles...
This is one of several Moorish features - there's one I can only reveal you on request...
If you're good at cooking pasta...
...make sure you leave the window open...
...the neighbours love the... mmm... the smell of tomato, basil and parmesan.
And if you can't eat spaghetti properly invite me, I'll show you!
It's called palo brasileño, Brasilian stick. Don't ask.
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2 Bedrooms , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 4
Arcos de la Frontera, Costa de la Luz, Andalucia
Alta Vista, Spanish for 'high view', is a sugar cube-looking house on top of the cliff in the upper town of Arcos de la Frontera, one of the famous 'white villages of Andalusia', though Arcos is very much a town. The house is built on four levels reminiscent of an English town house though one with genuine Spanish character and features retaining, however, a bright, spacious, fresh and modern feel. There is, on ground level, the entrance, an in-house garage with, on top of it, a loft which interestingly once was a swimming pool and you'll notice the modern double glazed doors and windows, unusual in Andalusia. Going up a pretty staircase flanked by Moorish tiles is the living room spanning the whole width of the house with a large, Moorish-inspired fireplac...
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Listing #HL317726
About the Owner
Pedro D
Languages spoken:German, English, Italian, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Interaction with guests
Wilst Alta Vista is high up in the classic upper town of Arcos, I live in the modern lower town so you are completely free to enjoy the house without being 'supervised'. However, I remain almost always just a phone call or text away during your stay for any advice or queries you may have and I also have great pleasure in having a glass of sherry with my guests!
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

Alta Vista is a hidden gem in one of the most pleasant of white villages - Arcos De La Frontera. The owner, Pedro has gone to great lengths to make his Alta Vista a home for travelers away from their own home. He provides everything...More

Thank jgilbert50
Management response:Responded 19 August 2017

Wow! I'm flattened, Jim, you are so kind, thank you very much. You and Patricia are most certainly welcome at Alta Vista, your second home, any time you like. I look forward to sharing a glass a sherry with you both.

Reviewed 16 July 2015

The appartment was large and extremely well appointed ...even a clothes dyer which didn't get used as the wonderful roof top terrace was an ideal dying spot. Arcos was a friendly village in the old part where we were and convenient for buses,restaurants and day...More

Thank Marjorie B
Management response:Responded 16 July 2015

That was fantastic, Marjorie, it helps other travellers greatly. Thank you.

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Reviewed 30 June 2015

Pedro, good to his word, met us in town and led us up and up and up along narrow and winding lanes to a beautifully-perched four-level house with expansive views of Arcos and its surroundings. The house is nicely appointed for self-catering although ample opportunities...More

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  • Alarm Clock
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Books
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Double Beds:(2)
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Garage
  • Hairdryer
  • Half Baths (1)
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (7)
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Paper Towels Provided
  • Patio
  • Refrigerator
  • Safe
  • Soap/Shampoo Provided
  • Sofa Beds:(1)
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Not kid-friendly
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
Parties are not welcomed.
    1 Full bath
    1 Half bath
    1 Sofa
    2 Fulls
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About the neighbourhood
Arcos de la Frontera, as a good friend of mine from Denmark revealed me, is featured in the book 1000 Places Visit Before You Die. It is definitely a picturesque place and one that forms part of the famous white villages of Andalusia. And there are lots to see and do in and around Arcos, probably too much to take it all in just one stay and they would all be included in a list of musts. There is the live Nativity before Christmas whereby the upper town of Arcos is converted in the town of Betlehem around the time of Christs birth, all done so authentically you may be forgiving for thinking you;ve been time-travelling! The city of Cádiz, a beautiful, three millenium place, celebrates in February its famous, sumptious and colourful Carnival. Then there is the Moto GP-event usually in April... more
Getting around
The most convenient way to see Arcos even it it means you'd need to negotiate some steep - but rewardingly scenic - roads.
To explore the surroundings of Arcos and the coast line of la Cosat de la Luz there's nothing like the motor car.
You can use public transport, buses from the central bus station in Arcos or trains from Jerez, to explore towns and cities like Jerez itself, Cádiz, Seville, Gibraltar or Málaga.
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Jerez, Seville, Gibraltar or Málaga.: 39.0 km
Railway: Jerez: 30.0 km
Nearest airport is Jerez but you will find that few flights are going to this destination. Much better is Seville, about 1 hour and 20 minutes away, while Gibraltar and Málaga, 2 and 2 and a half hours away are a bit further away. It is strongy recommended you rent a car. Motoring in Spain is, compared with other well developped European countries, simply heaven. We have a fine network of secundary roads with almost no traffic on them and to explore them at your pace through a scenery of olive, cork, orange and lemon trees, with a gentle breeze moving the palm trees, visiting those lovely white washed villages and making every now and again a tapas break whilst meeting the locals is simply motoring, or motorcycling, at its finest. BUT, and it's an important point, you must, unless you... more
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 55.0 km.
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