Parador de Arcos de la Frontera
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- Single rooms (4)
- Twin rooms (15)
- Double rooms (5)
- Capacity (44)
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Airport (35km)
- Station (35km)
- Port (70km)
Parador de Arcos de la Frontera - Historical palace (3*)
This charming Parador, once a palace known as Casa del Corregidor, is perched spectacularly along with the rest of the old town of Arcos de la Frontera on top of a great sandstone cliff which overlooks the fertile valley of the River Guadalete, traditionally famous for its horses. The hotel itself contains a range of architectural styles, from arcaded courtyards and a beamed dining room to modern patios and balconies.
The Parador's privileged position endows it with panoramic views across the plains and the town beneath which can be enjoyed from the hotel’s outdoor terrace whilst guests also have the option of booking a room with a balcony which is very much recommended. Tucked neatly onto the town’s main square, the Parador is well-integrated into the local community and prides itself upon the warm welcome and attentive service received by visitors.
The Parardor’s restaurant offers an atmospheric dining experience and guests can also book a table to enjoy a meal within the hotel’s intimate interior courtyard.
Captured from the Moors in the 13th century, Arcos de la Frontera (literally ‘Arcos of the Frontier’) marked the boundary between Christian and Muslim Spain for some centuries. The authenticity of the present-day architecture becomes immediately apparent as one weaves their way up through the town’s old streets on the approach to the Parador.
Arcos is an ideal starting point both for the Pueblos Blancos (‘White Villages’) trail, and the Wine Route culminating in Jerez. Within close proximity are some places of true natural beauty which may be of interest to nature lovers. Places of interest include: the reservoir of Lago de Arcos which lies just to the North of the city, the natural parks of Sierra de Grazalema and Los Alcornocales, beautiful coastal towns found along the Costa de Luz including Conil, Puerto Real (Royal Port, whose old quarter is a historic-artistic site) and Chiclana de la Frontera. It is at the western end of the Cádiz coast through the town Sanlúcar de Barrameda where entry can be obtained into the famous World Heritage Site of Doñana National Park by boat.
The town of Jerez is also not to be missed as it is the centre of the sherry-producing region and tours of the famous bodegas are a must.
Parador's 'Gastrobar' concept
Extensive lunch and dinner menus are served in the new 'Gastrobar', which offers a range of meal options from light snacks to 3 course dinners in an informal but well serviced environment. We hope you enjoy this new experience.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 11.00 and dinner from 20.00 to 23.00.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.30 and still enjoy a meal.
In friendly atmosphere, the Parador de Arcos de la Frontera's restaurant offers the characteritic dishes of the Sierra region: "Corvina a la rotena" (Local Cadiz whitefish prepared with peppers, onion and tomato) and "Rabo de toro" (Oxtail stewed with vegetables, wine and spices).
- J. Piper
Overlooking the valley below, the views were just lovely. No matter what questions I put to the duty management and staff in my very limited Spanish, including the loss of spectacles (I learned that the Spanish word is 'gafas'), they always responded with a smile and patience. A lovely traditional Andalucian dining room. Food and service was first class, the Parador had thought of everything.
How to get there
The Parador is located in the historical centre of the town in the Plaza del Cabildo, surrounded by historical buildings such as the Santa María church, the Castle and the Town Hall. 30 km from Jerez along the N-342, also accessible from the Cádiz-Sevilla motorway.
Cadiz - 70km
Ronda - 90km
Carmona - 130km
Malaga Gibralfaro - 195km
Sevilla Airport - 120km
Region & Cuisine
The second largest of Spain’s Autonomous Communities, Andalusia occupies a major part of the southern half of the country. The region’s eight provinces extend from the Portuguese border in the west, north to the neighbouring regions of Extremadura and Castilla La Mancha and to Almería, bordering Murcia, in the east.
Inevitably, Andalusia will be best known to many people for its beaches, notably along the Mediterranean ‘Costa de Sol’ and the Atlantic ‘Costa de la Luz’, and the coast certainly encompasses a good part of the region’s natural wealth. This is no doubt largely due to the exceptional climate – one of the warmest in Europe – that prevails all along the coastline, with hot dry summers, winters with mild temperatures and many ‘mini regions’ boasting their own microclimates. But it is a mistake to associate Andalusia only with its ‘Costas’, for this is a region that offers the visitor virtually everything in terms of history, art and nature.
Scenically, Andalusia is a land of contrasts. For example, in the province of Granada in winter one can experience 22°C on the coast and travel just 33 km north into the Sierra Nevada mountains to find a temperature of 10°C below zero. Further east , in the province of AlmerÍa, is an area unique in Europe – the Tabernas desert, where many of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns’ were filmed. To the north of Granada is the province of Jaén, the land of the olive with over 50 million olive trees planted and olive oil providing the main source of wealth in the province. Further south, some thirty municipalities form the famous ‘route of the white towns’, a string of picturesque little towns and villages extending across the northern part of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and all displaying the same picture- postcard white architecture so typical of rural Andalusia. Over 17% of the region of Andalusia is classified as a protected natural area, with its two national parks of Doñana and Sierra Nevada particularly well known for the preservation of their rich variety of flora and fauna.
Cádiz, Seville, Córdoba, Granada, Málaga – all these historic Andalusian cities display countless examples of the rich architectural and artistic legacy from over eight centuries of Moorish occupation of this region. Pride of place must go to the most emblematic monument in Granada (the capital of Spain’s last Moorish kingdom) – the incomparable Alhambra with its adjoining Generalife gardens, a unique complex of palaces, fortresses and royal quarters making this one of the most fascinating, and most visited, monuments in the world.
An essential feature of Andalusian art, and life, is of course the form of music and dance known as flamenco, an artistic expression of the most deeply rooted Andalusian culture. The precise origin of flamenco is unknown, but certainly it has Moorish influences and many of its most famous practitioners, both past and present, have been of gypsy origin. Wherever you are in Andalusia you are likely to hear flamenco, whether at an organised concert, or coming from inside someone’s house, or simply an impromptu performance in a village square. It’s in everyone’s blood, and it’s delightful.
Given the immense area of this region, gastronomic diversity best describes the cuisine of Andalusia. The so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’, with its basis of olive oil and considered by many experts to be the healthiest in the world, has its origin here. One of Spain’s most famous products, the Iberian Jabugo ham, is produced in Huelva province with the very finest hams reputedly cured ‘in a certain position in a certain room of a certain house in Huelva’. Gazpacho, the cold soup made with tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, bread and garlic originated in Andalusia and is found throughout the region as is ‘ajoblanco’, a delicious variation on gazpacho. Fruit and vegetables grow in profusion along the coastal region: mountains of strawberries in Huelva province; oranges, lemons, tropical and sub-tropical fruit (mango, papaya, banana, avocado) in Málaga and Granada provinces, and many varieties of vegetable in Almería province. In the mountains further inland, game dishes include partridge, rabbit, venison and wild boar, while anywhere near the sea you will find one of the most popular of all Andalusian dishes – ‘pescaito frito’ or mixed fried fish.
Not particularly renowned for the excellence of its wines, Andalusia does however produce the finest sherries in the world (the major establishments can be visited in Jerez de la Frontera) and – especially in Málaga province – several delicious dessert wines.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.