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A Day in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

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Arcos de la Frontera is one of Andalusia’s famous white hill towns (puebla blanca), situated on a steep hill with cliffs.  The area has long been inhabited by man, with archaeologic remains found in nearby caves dating to the Stone Age.  It’s surrounded on three sides by the Guadalete river and, given it’s geography, would have been a strategic defensive community in past centuries.  Today the town provides some dramatic views of farms in the region.  The town’s name originates from it being at the frontier of Spain’s battle with the Moors, which didn’t end until Granada fell in the 15th century.  

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

After the expulsion of the Moors from Arcos in the 13th century, ending two centuries of Moorish rule, the …

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“Pic of the Week”, March 11, 2016: A small Sicilian Hill town


Sicily is known for it’s hilly landscapes, but we were surprised at just how steep and mountainous the island’s terrain is.  It’s very common to see small towns draped over hills that seem impossibly steep.

We were driving our car rental from the beautiful seaside city of Agrigento to Villa Roma del Casale, which has some of the best preserved Roman mosaics in the world.  Our GPS routed us through a small town that I believe was Canicatti.  We were directed over the hills through farm country, down roads that became progressively worse and worse and which dead-ended on a muddy flat.  Never trust only a GPS.

We doubled back and navigated the old-fashioned way, with maps, having wasted about a half …

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