Perched on the top of Arcos de la Frontera, the aptly named La Casa Grande is a preserved mansion built in the 18th century by the Nuñez de Prado family, now run as a B&B. Although arriving here required a bit of patience, from navigating the winding one-way streets into old town Arcos, to attempting to find a parking spot in the crowded Plaza del Cabildo, and then walking through the pedestrian-only corridors to the tucked away entrance, once inside, it is a place like no other.
We were incredibly relieved to arrive at the hand painted sign on Calle Maldonado, named for the cavalier, Francisco Javier Nuñez de Prado López Maldonado, who built the house. The thick wooden double doors opened to a bright interior courtyard with marble columns and whitewashed arches where we were greeted and welcomed with mini glasses of sherry (Sherry production is an art form centered in the region of Cadiz dating back to 11th century BC due to the regions soil properties).
We loved the majestic vaults of the interior patio courtyard, warmed by the vibrant flora and eclectic decor. A bright and welcoming gathering space lit by the skylight on the top, it's also the main common area of La Casa Grande.
While not luxurious in the traditional sense, La Casa Grande is a visual and sensory joy to explore: every texture, stairway, and hallway is charmingly imperfect, revealing the history and character of this old palace.
I have to admit, the magnificent views were the catalyst for booking a stay at La Casa Grande and this vista did not disappoint. Simply watching the sunset or sunrise, observing the change in colors of the Spanish landscape and imagining the original family in the home doing the exact same thing a few hundred years ago from the same window and patio constitutes an activity in itself.
More on our explorations of Arcos de la Frontera here. Needless to say, we were sad to leave to continue southwards to Málaga.
La Casa Grande Calle de Maldonado, 10, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz, Cádiz, Spain