Our travel guide to Arcos de la Frontera

Arcos de la Frontera is the gateway to the Route of the White Villages. Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, it retains a magnificently preserved historical complex. Thanks to this Travel Guide to Arcos de la Frontera you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

A jewel to discover

There are traces of its first prehistoric and Roman settlers in the Sierra de Aznar site, but to whom the city owes its imprint and current physiognomy is to Muslim culture.

Through very narrow and steep streets and under ancient arches, the visitor approaches the old town. Declared a Historic Site, monumental jewels are preserved such as the Castle of the Dukes (15th century), the Matrera Gate (11th-14th centuries) and the remains of the walled enclosure, its palaces and stately homes, the Basilica of Santa Maria or the Church of San Pedro, in addition to numerous temples, chapels and convents.

Another point of interest for the visitor is the Lake of Arcos, which is located a few kilometres away from the town. In addition, it offers the possibility of different water sports. The tail of this reservoir is declared a Natural Site.

Main Activities: Active Tourism, Cuisine, Nature, History.
Content source: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

Our travel guide to Arcos de la Frontera

Arcos de la Frontera is the gateway to the Route of the White Villages. Considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain, it retains a magnificently preserved historical complex. Thanks to this Travel Guide to Arcos de la Frontera you can find all the activities and the best travel tips for your trip.

A jewel to discover

There are traces of its first prehistoric and Roman settlers in the Sierra de Aznar site, but to whom the city owes its imprint and current physiognomy is to Muslim culture.

Through very narrow and steep streets and under ancient arches, the visitor approaches the old town. Declared a Historic Site, monumental jewels are preserved such as the Castle of the Dukes (15th century), the Matrera Gate (11th-14th centuries) and the remains of the walled enclosure, its palaces and stately homes, the Basilica of Santa Maria or the Church of San Pedro, in addition to numerous temples, chapels and convents.

These buildings welcome the valuable images that during Holy Week will parade through the streets of the town during a feast that is declared of National Tourist Interest.

Another point of interest for the visitor is the Lake of Arcos, which is located a few kilometres away from the town. In addition, it offers the possibility of different water sports. The tail of this reservoir is declared a Natural Site.

Main Activities: Active Tourism, Cuisine, Nature, History.
Content source: TUDESTINO.TRAVEL

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Arcos Golf
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Arcos Golf

Arcos Golf is a championship golf course located in Arcos de la Frontera, a beatiful spot in the Sierra de Cádiz. It was designed by architects Chris Cole and Jeff Potts, from Landmark Land Design....
Arcos Golf is a championship golf course located in Arcos de la Frontera, a beatiful spot in the Sierra de...
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Arcos Golf


- Carretera Arcos-Algar Km 3 11630, Arcos de la Frontera. Cádiz, España Arcos de la Frontera 11630
Arcos Golf is a championship golf course located in Arcos de la Frontera, a beatiful spot in the Sierra de Cádiz. It was designed by architects Chris Cole and Jeff Potts, from Landmark Land Design. The course features large sand traps, rolling streets, generously sized greens, large shimmering lakes and meandering streams perfectly integrated in...
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Route of the White Villages

Route of the White Villages

The Route of the White Villages (Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos) connects different municipilaties in the Sierra de Cadiz. Whitewashed façades, a fascinating history with a past marked by the Moorish...
The Route of the White Villages (Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos) connects different municipilaties in the Sierra...
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Route of the White Villages


- Arcos de la Frontera, España
The Route of the White Villages (Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos) connects different municipilaties in the Sierra de Cadiz. Whitewashed façades, a fascinating history with a past marked by the Moorish period, arts and crafts and spectacular cuisine. The 19 villages that compose it deserve to be enjoyed calmly, so we have decided to divide...
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El Tren del Azúcar

El Tren del Azúcar

El Tren del Azúcar trail (“Sugar Train”) runs through the vicinity of Jédula. It is significant for its Tren del Azúcar, an old railway designed in the mid-twentieth century to link...
El Tren del Azúcar trail (“Sugar Train”) runs through the vicinity of Jédula. It is significant...
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El Tren del Azúcar


- Jédula, España
El Tren del Azúcar trail (“Sugar Train”) runs through the vicinity of Jédula. It is significant for its Tren del Azúcar, an old railway designed in the mid-twentieth century to link the ports of Cádiz and Cartagena. However, it was finally used as a local train to transport beets and sugar between Jerez de la...
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Nuestra Señora de las Nieves School

Nuestra Señora de las Nieves School

The Nuestra Señora de las Nieves School is located in Arcos de la Frontera. It was founded as a convent in 1675 by the Jesuits. After their expulsion by Charles III of Spain two years later, it was...
The Nuestra Señora de las Nieves School is located in Arcos de la Frontera. It was founded as a convent in...
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Nuestra Señora de las Nieves School


- Colegio Público Ntra. Sra. de las Nieves, Calle Boticas, Arcos de la Frontera, España
The Nuestra Señora de las Nieves School is located in Arcos de la Frontera. It was founded as a convent in 1675 by the Jesuits. After their expulsion by Charles III of Spain two years later, it was occupied by Mercedarians until the confiscation of Mendizabal. On the façade we can see a shield of...
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Tajo de Arcos

Tajo de Arcos

The path of the Tajo de Arcos runs along the base of the calcarenitic escarpment that has configured the erosive action of the Guadalete River. It is downstream of the Arcos reservoir, a truly...
The path of the Tajo de Arcos runs along the base of the calcarenitic escarpment that has configured the...
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Tajo de Arcos


- Avenida de la Verbena, Arcos de la Frontera, España
The path of the Tajo de Arcos runs along the base of the calcarenitic escarpment that has configured the erosive action of the Guadalete River. It is downstream of the Arcos reservoir, a truly spectacular landscape. The interest is focused on the wall of the escarpment where Arcos de la Frontera appears. This structure has...
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Convent of Las Mercedarias

Convent of Las Mercedarias

The Convent of Las Mercedarias, in Arcos de la Frontera, is founded for this very purpose in the mid-17th century, thanks to the contributions of Ms. Beatriz de la Calle. Inside, the Chapel and its...
The Convent of Las Mercedarias, in Arcos de la Frontera, is founded for this very purpose in the mid-17th...
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Convent of Las Mercedarias


- Convento de las Mercenarias, Arcos de la Frontera
The Convent of Las Mercedarias, in Arcos de la Frontera, is founded for this very purpose in the mid-17th century, thanks to the contributions of Ms. Beatriz de la Calle. Inside, the Chapel and its Baroque altar stand out. We should highlight the statues of Nuestra Señora De la Merced, San José and a Niño...
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Santa María Minor Basilica

Santa María Minor Basilica

The Santa María Minor Basilica is the biggest and the main church of Arcos de la Frontera. It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries on the remains of the old Arab Mosque, and it mixes...
The Santa María Minor Basilica is the biggest and the main church of Arcos de la Frontera. It was built...
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Santa María Minor Basilica


- Basílica Menor de Santa María de la Asunción, Plaza del Cabildo, Arcos de la Frontera, España
The Santa María Minor Basilica is the biggest and the main church of Arcos de la Frontera. It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries on the remains of the old Arab Mosque, and it mixes different styles. Outside, the façade is in Gothic-plateresque style and the tower of the side façade is in...
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Church of San Miguel in Arcos

Church of San Miguel in Arcos

The Church of San Miguel was transformed into a Hermitage in the mid-15th century. Before that, it had been an Arab fortress. It is located in Arcos de la Frontera (Province of Cádiz) It was used...
The Church of San Miguel was transformed into a Hermitage in the mid-15th century. Before that, it had been...
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Church of San Miguel in Arcos


- Iglesia de San Miguel, Calle Corredera, Arcos de la Frontera, España
The Church of San Miguel was transformed into a Hermitage in the mid-15th century. Before that, it had been an Arab fortress. It is located in Arcos de la Frontera (Province of Cádiz) It was used as a worshiping temple, as well as a hospice of orphan girls. However, it works today as a showroom and...
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Ducal Castle of Arcos de la Frontera

Ducal Castle of Arcos de la Frontera

The Ducal Castle of Arcos de la Frontera (Castillo Ducal de Arcos) has over ten centuries of history. During the Arab domination, it functioned as a fortress or a military citadel. Its construction...
The Ducal Castle of Arcos de la Frontera (Castillo Ducal de Arcos) has over ten centuries of history. During...
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Ducal Castle of Arcos de la Frontera


- Castillo de Arcos de la Frontera, Plaza del Cabildo, Arcos de la Frontera, España
The Ducal Castle of Arcos de la Frontera (Castillo Ducal de Arcos) has over ten centuries of history. During the Arab domination, it functioned as a fortress or a military citadel. Its construction is prior to the 11th century. After the reconquest, it became the residence of the Dukes of Arcos. Several reforms were undertaken...
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Hotel Cortijo Fain
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Hotel Cortijo Fain

Hotel Cortijo Fain is a rural accommodation located in an old farmhouse from the seventeenth century. You can find it within a short distance from Arcos de la Frontera historic city centre. This...
Hotel Cortijo Fain is a rural accommodation located in an old farmhouse from the seventeenth century. You can...
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Hotel Cortijo Fain


- 3 Calle de Algar 11630 Arcos de la Frontera Cádiz, España Arcos de la Frontera 11630
Hotel Cortijo Fain is a rural accommodation located in an old farmhouse from the seventeenth century. You can find it within a short distance from Arcos de la Frontera historic city centre. This hotel is a beautiful Andalusian-style building with whitewashed facades. It is the ideal place for you to unwind from everyday stress. Golf...
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