Puebla Blanca

Puebla Blanca
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain During our Thanksgiving trip to Rota, Spain, we took a day trip to Arcos de la Frontera. It is a beautiful little town on a hill. Arcos is the western beginning of an area known as Pueblas Blancas (white towns). They get this name because virtually the entire old town area is white. It is really quite striking. This is the first town where we were really glad we parked the 4Runner before we arrived at the city center. I don’t think I would have fit on many of the roads in the old town area. If the 4Runner had fit, I am not certain I would have been able to make some of the 90 degree turns. This can be seen well in the “Calle de Olivares” photo. One of the main sights of the town is the Minor Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption. It is located on a square right next to the Parador hotel. We did not go into the church. It may not have been open at the time, I cannot remember. We walked a little farther east from the Minor Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption and stumbled across the church of St. Peter the Apostle. We did go inside that church. One of the things that struck us was the old, decaying body in a glass coffin. I do not recall who that was, but it was a little creepy. As I noted before, I was amazed at the width of the streets. That was really evident at one location where we were entering an art gallery. When we turned around, we could see just how narrow the entrance was. Even though this is one of the first cities we have visited in Spain, we really enjoyed it.

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