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Review of Alta Vista

This is white and wonderful Andalusia...
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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...
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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

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HamiltonK...
Saint-Chinian, France
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great base for exploring the white hill villages...and more"”
Reviewed 30 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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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 for tapas and full meals abound a short walk away. Crowning the house is a fourth-level terrace that looks out over the village and valley, providing the site for our nightly drinks, dinners, and views of the world below us--for us, the terrace alone was worth the price of our six-night stay in Arcos. Kestrels and swifts wheel about one's head; sheep meander the valley below; street sounds provide better entertainment than does TV; cool breezes sweep away the day's heat. Much to see and do is nearby. We particularly enjoyed driving visits to Zahara and thence to Grazalema over narrow tracks that provided breathtaking sights; Gibraltar, so majestic...and so Brit; Jerez for sherry and brandy. Principally, though, we reveled in the simple pleasures afforded by a lovely house in a lovely white hill town in Andalusia. Highly recommended. I will add that we are older travelers but relatively fit; given many stairs and the steepness of the streets, persons with walking disabilities or mobility issues may find the property somewhat taxing--otherwise, no caveats

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Liked best: As noted in the review: The terrace, the village of Arcos itself; the proximity to other white hill towns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Rooms with a view!”
Reviewed 9 April 2015 for a stay in April 2015

We stayed in Alta Vista during Semana Santa 2015. Our host, Pedro, speaks wonderful English and couldn't have been more helpful, both before and during our stay. We loved the apartment itself, which is split over four levels (entry, kitchen & sitting room, bedrooms & bathroom and rooftop terrace). This, coupled with the fact that it is located in the hilly old part of the town, makes the apartment unsuitable for anyone with limited mobility. It suited our purposes perfectly, as it was near the lovely restaurants and buildings in the Historic Centre. Although there is an underground car park, due to narrowness of access, it is suitable for certain makes of car only, but Pedro will give you guidance on this and, in any case, there is plenty of free on-steet parking nearby. We enjoyed our stay very much!

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Fredrick...
Brussels, Belgium
1 review
“Excellent! we loved it !”
Reviewed 4 November 2013 for a stay in October 2013

We stayed for a night in this lovely house and recommend to travelers. The house is very well located, right on top of the town and fully equipped. The view is stunning with it wonderful Terese.

The landlord was very kind and helpful. The pricing a real bargain.

Kind regards,
Fred

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Liked best: the veiw
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Malc100
Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Recommended but a couple of issues”
Reviewed 17 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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First of all the owner was far more cooperative then many we have stayed with. He was fluent in English (and other languages) and was always on hand if we needed anything. Thus is unlike a couple of recent experiences earlier this year and last summer when the owners at that time were not that interested.
The apartment in general is spacious and plenty of room for two in a double room with a large twin if you want children to come too. (Some decent pillows would be welcome).
The views from the terrace (and this is a LARGE terrace) are wonderful, overlooking the town across to one of the nearby lakes and to the mountains in the distance. They look like hills but they are in fact 1500>1600 meters.
Ideally placed for visiting nearby towns/cities of Cadiz,Seville,Ronda etc. (Jerez too if you only want a sherry session). Allow time to meander through the town of Arcos. Plenty of bars and restaurants (in 2013 very inexpensive). There is a lot of walking around the town and in the local area but bear in mind the temperature.
When reading the rest of my review, please bear in mind that am recommending this regardless of my next comments.
One minor point is that the garage is NOT suitable for parking even a small car. We had a Hyundai I10 and it was extremely difficult to get it in the garage and out, so we only did it once. Ideal if you have a 2 seater "Smart" car but nothing bigger (except 2 wheels). There is parking nearby at the bottom of a steep hill (think of Polperro) or if not available there is ample parking near a local square/supermarket. I timed the walk back from here (we are fit walkers) and it only took 10 minutes but it was steep and hard going with the shopping.
This is not suitable for people that are unable to walk up steep inclines and also the apartment itself is on 4 floors (all to yourself) the ground floor only being the entrance and garage. Steepish stairs, but no real problem for the average person but you will need to take this into account if you have young children.
The MAIN issue we had (I would still recommend it) was the kitchen area. It was not equipped for self catering, although there were plates, knives/forks/spoons and a couple of saucepans. We had no bottle opener, no salad/mixing bowls, no cooking knives of any sort nor a bread knife and no chopping/preparation/bread boards. No ladles, or any of the normal kitchen utensils one would expect. We are OK with salads and it was just a little unfortunate that we did not cook any meals. We did buy a couple of bits and left them there so there is now a bottle opener, ice tray, cheese grater and a sieve. We think spending, say, 50 euros would equip the kitchen sufficiently - items are very inexpensive at the local supermarket.
There is an electric kettle and toaster but the main problem is that the hob of the oven is gas and is disconnected so the alternative is a portable 2 ring hob which stands on a low level table. It could be moved on top of the gas hob, but really needs the electric oven/gas hob replaced with all electric and the portable 2 ring hob removed.
There is a little poetic license about the kitchen. Apart from one area at the back which could do with re-shelving, the kitchen consists or modern lime effect floor and wall cupboards - sort of standard kitchen units, not wood, but wood effect. With a bit of DIY to replace the shelves at the back, behind some sliding doors, and the hob, the kitchen is fine. We have stayed in places where the kitchen is much smaller, so although not large, it could be made into something really nice. (We'd also recommend an extra work surface on the wall opposite the sink unit for some extra areas to work on).
Finally, another recommendation is to make more use of the terrace as an eating area. In the UK one can buy inexpensive metal tables and chairs from the likes of B&Q - I would suggest seating for 4 rather than the two plastic chairs and tables.
The owner is a fantastic guy (we were met at the apartment around midnight with no problems) and this would be a wonderful apartment with a few minor tweeks (sorry if it sounds major but it isn't really).
We would recommend this 'as is' to friends and to anyone who can manage the walking up the hills, after all that is why you would pick a place with such amazing views, it is well worth it.
P.S. bathroon very large with washing machine and drier.
P.P.S. Everything nice and clean and tidy.

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Liked best: The owner was a REALLY nice guy and very helpful.
Liked least: Kitchen lacked basics.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
24 Jul 2013
The kitchen is now extensily equipped, even beyond what the average traveller would normally expect. The garage, well, I couldn't make it any easier to turn into but, quite frankly, it is fair to say that a small car alone would not make it into the garage - it needs human input in the way of a little bit of driving talent to make full use of the car's small dimensions. I had several A-segment cars in the garage, mine including, without any problems. In any case, I am now more selective in offering the use of the garage + surely, it's not for the garage - and not even for the kitchen - that you come to Arcos de la Frontera!
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