Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Two more day trips: Arcos & Sanlucar

The other two day trips from Jerez turned out to be not what we expected, one worse, the other better.

We did not care for Arcos de la Frontera. It's on the lists as a must-see white hill town; however, it's nothing but tourist shops. I realized that this is what I had expected of Ronda which was why we skipped Ronda the first time around; but I really took to Ronda, not Arcos.

We went to Sanlúcar de Barrameda as a launch point for visiting Doñana National Park as it's a more accessible place than Matalascanas. The town had such an immediate appeal to us that we abandoned our original plan of taking the ferry to the park and hung around town instead. Tips for friends that are fans of special accommodations: the Ducal Palace seems like a particularly authentic and atmospheric place. The last (and final?) duchess lived there until 2008.

The famous mirador (viewpoint) in Arcos de la Frontera is perched 300 ft above the Guadalete River. Falling/jumping over the railing is a sure death. "Careful Papa!"
Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

And the views are very good.
Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

Iglesia de Santa María de la Asunción backs the mirador.
Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

One of the souvenir shops in Arcos appears to be the center of the universe for 6 x 6 inch ceramic tiles. Stay tuned.
15cm x 15cm Tile Capital of the WORLD - Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

And there are several other miradors with views to the valley below.
Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

We got off the beaten track by following a 10km trail clockwise around the town; mostly along the river.
Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

Sanlucar is known for its manzanilla (a variety of sherry), beaches, and was the starting port of Magellan's circumnavigation. This sandy rectangle leads down to the Guadalquivir River with it's fine promenade and brown sandy beach.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Lots of accommodation in this summer resort town.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Just across the river is Donana National Park.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

One street back from the river is a fine row of beach cottages and an ice factory that is now the park's Visitor Center.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Sanlucar's main square.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Taking a break, we had coffee and chocolate in the garden of the Hospederia Palacio Ducal, then admired the view from the balcony.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

A few more beach shots.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain

Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain












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