Thursday Doors: Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Today we are really on the frontier!  We are in the middle of nowhere, on a large outcrop of limestone rock along the Guadalete River. Over the years, the Romans, Visigoths, Muslims and Spanish, selected this spot to keep an eye on things! From the village round-about we rode a small electric train up the narrow maze of streets to reach the top and San Pedro Church. What do you think of this view?

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

The Guadalete River circles three side of Arcos de la Frontera!

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Looking down at the river we can also see groves of orange and olive trees………

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Arcos de la Frontera is one of the best known and remote “White Villages” of Andalusia, Spain.  The Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) are  small, quiet hilltop towns distinguished by their simple whitewashed houses influenced by the Berber architecture of North Africa, the Moors’ native land. The narrow streets are like a rabbit’s warren! You can see how close we are to the walls while riding on the train!

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Walking along the route at the top, many homes displayed paintings for sale!

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

These are some doors inside San Pedro Church…….

San Pedro Church, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
San Pedro Church, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

This is the other large church in town, Basilica Menor de Santa Maria. The two churches have been rivals for attention for many centuries…… for their feud see yesterday’s post HERE.

Basilica Menor Santa Maria, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

For lunch we stopped at the Paradores Hotel, the best place to eat and get a view with a feel for the village!

Paradores Hotel, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Paradores Hotel, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

You may sit inside or out………….

Paradores Hotel, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

or stay in the hotel which has superb views!

Paradores Hotel, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Paradores Hotel, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

These were the colorful tables outside!

Paradores Hotel, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Paradores Hotel, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Rather than take the train back down we chose to walk down a different street to go back to the parking lot.

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

We ended up on the larger street……….

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

With different doors along the way……..

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

And by the time we reached the bottom another drink was needed! Hmmmmm here…….

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

or here……….

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

I hope you have enjoyed our walk today in one of the outpost “White Villages” of Spain! I would love to come here for their big Easter festival!  There is a group of six cloistered nuns, who make cookies. There is a little door in the wall, where you place your money, and then you ring the bell and they turn the turnstile and place your cookie order on it. In the old days before the cookie making, they mended clothes, but no mens’ pants!  I couldn’t find that door in the amount of time we had, but it is a good reason to come back!   See you next week!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

9 Comments Add yours

  1. That’s what I love about those villages in Spain, they have lovely old buildings and such wonderful views. We used to visit similar ones in Valencia and in Almeria.

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  2. I love cities on hills like that and this is certainly a beautiful place. I can see why you needed a drink at both ends of the trip, though, especially the walking down part. Easter sounds like fun!

    janet

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  3. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely shots again this week. Thanks for taking us along for the tour 🙂

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  4. Vicky says:

    Oh, gosh, just lovely, thanks for the tour guide and giving us the chance to see some lovely and unique Spanish doors…

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  5. Beautiful buildings and doors, great tiles, lovely winding lanes. But the one detail which leapt out at me was the star made of straw. Wonder what that was, just a random decoration, or a tradition of some kind?

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  6. restlessjo says:

    The village looks much larger than I had expected but no less picturesque. I’m on my way to Jerez de la Frontera in a week or two and looking forward to it. 🙂 🙂

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  7. Lovely tour of this pretty place. I have been to guadalest which has a similar hill top feel but is nearer Valencia. Lovely post and sorry I haven’t popped over sooner. I will take a look at some of the other places you have visited. Xx

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    1. You certainly have made big progress on your house! Can you trace it back to the original owners? Thant would be interesting too!

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      1. Wouldn’t it? We know some of the history which I will share one day….it’s quite interesting and I would love to know more. Lovely to hear from you. You look like you had an amazing cruise!

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