This outstanding tour begins with a lovely scenic drive to Medina Sidonia, one of the famous "White Villages". Walk through the narrow, cobblestones streets of this picturesque village, before you proceeding to your second stop at the dramatic white-washed enclave of Arcos de la Frontera. Situated on a rocky promontory with the River Guadalete winding at its feet, this charming village bears witness to its Arab past with its labyrinth of steep, narrow streets and exceptional architecture. Upon arrival, you will embark an electric train to reach the historic town center where you will start your walking tour. In the center you will find a wealth of monuments and marvelous buildings. At the heart of this area is the Plaza del Cabildo which is surrounded by the Town Hall and impressive Ducal Castle - a Muslim fortress re-built in the 15th century. Before continuing on, you will be given a photo opportunity at one of the many outstanding viewpoints that offers splendid panoramic views of the valley below.
Making your way along small, narrow lanes, you'll no doubt be enchanted by the quaint cube-shaped white houses you'll come across that are beautifully adorned with pots of vibrant blooming flowers and colorful blue ceramic tiles. Nestled amongst these delightful homes you will discover the "Iglesia de San Pedro." This impressive fortress-like church with its neoclassic bell tower is perched in what would appear to be a perilous cliff-hanger of a position. Once inside this precariously poised 16th century church, you'll find an amazing gilded altarpiece which details the life of San Pedro as well as paintings that are attributed to Francisco de Zubaran, a celebrated Spanish artist known primarily for his religious paintings. Following your visit here, some free time will be allowed to further explore on your own before rejoining your guide.
Your final stop will be at the Parador de Arcos, an inviting hotel located in the old Casa del Corregidor. Within this relaxing environment of typical Andalusian white-washed walls, grilles and tiles, you'll be treated to some light refreshment before re-boarding your coach and traveling back to the pier in Cadiz.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 miles of extensive walking, at times over uneven or cobblestone surfaces. Coaches cannot circulate in Arcos. A train will be taken uphill; however, guests will walk downhill at to reach the coach. Therefore, it is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Order of sites visited may vary.