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

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

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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Chapel of La Misericordia

Chapel of La Misericordia

The Chapel of La Misericordia was built by the Marquis of Cádiz in the late 15th century. It had the aim of being a shelter for abandoned children and a women’s hospital. The portal, in Gothic...
The Chapel of La Misericordia was built by the Marquis of Cádiz in the late 15th century. It had the aim of...
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Chapel of La Misericordia


Calle Núñez del Prado, 5, Arcos de la Frontera, España
The Chapel of La Misericordia was built by the Marquis of Cádiz in the late 15th century. It had the aim of being a shelter for abandoned children and a women’s hospital. The portal, in Gothic style, stands out, as well as two portraits of the Marquis of Cádiz carved in capitals inside. Currently, it...
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Tabanco Lalola
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Tabanco Lalola

There are charming spots where to discover the habits of a region or to spend a good time with family and friends. This is the case of Tabanco Lalola, a cosy tapas bar located on Corredera Street,...
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Tabanco Lalola


Corredera 11 11630 Arcos de la Frontera Cádiz, España Arcos de la Frontera 11630
There are charming spots where to discover the habits of a region or to spend a good time with family and friends. This is the case of Tabanco Lalola, a cosy tapas bar located on Corredera Street, in Arcos de la Frontera historic centre (Andalusia). It has a wide bar counter, some high tables and an...
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San Juan de Dios

San Juan de Dios

San Juan de Dios, built in the 16th century, was one of the hospitals that existed at that time in Arcos de la Frontera. At the end of that same century, it was decided to unite all the centres into...
San Juan de Dios, built in the 16th century, was one of the hospitals that existed at that time in Arcos de...
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San Juan de Dios


Calle Corredera, 5, Arcos de la Frontera, España
San Juan de Dios, built in the 16th century, was one of the hospitals that existed at that time in Arcos de la Frontera. At the end of that same century, it was decided to unite all the centres into one. So, it was then the only one in the city. Although it is currently...
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Puerta Matrera

Puerta Matrera

Puerta Matrera is the only remains of the original walls of Arcos de la Frontera. It was key to the defence of Arcos eastward flank. It was flanked by two towers of which only one remains, known as...
Puerta Matrera is the only remains of the original walls of Arcos de la Frontera. It was key to the defence...
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Puerta Matrera


Puerta de Matrera, Calle Matrera Abajo, Arcos de la Frontera, España
Puerta Matrera is the only remains of the original walls of Arcos de la Frontera. It was key to the defence of Arcos eastward flank. It was flanked by two towers of which only one remains, known as Torre de la Traición (“Tower of Betrayal”). You will see some remains of the walls encased between...
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Ciudad de Arcos Interpretive Centre

Ciudad de Arcos Interpretive Centre

In Ciudad de Arcos Interpretive Centre (Centro de Interpretación Ciudad de Arcos), they try to highlight the spectacular Historical Complex of Arcos de la Frontera. The tourist can see the many...
In Ciudad de Arcos Interpretive Centre (Centro de Interpretación Ciudad de Arcos), they try to highlight the...
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Ciudad de Arcos Interpretive Centre


Calle Cuesta de Belén, 5, Arcos de la Frontera, España
In Ciudad de Arcos Interpretive Centre (Centro de Interpretación Ciudad de Arcos), they try to highlight the spectacular Historical Complex of Arcos de la Frontera. The tourist can see the many possibilities of this town and what its surroundings have to offer. The Tourist Office is also located here. Moreover, it is a reference in...
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Cola del Embalse de Arcos

Cola del Embalse de Arcos

The Natural Site of Cola del Embalse de Arcos (“Arcos Reservoir”) is a beautiful space a few kilometres away from Arcos de la Frontera city centre. This natural site has been a protected...
The Natural Site of Cola del Embalse de Arcos (“Arcos Reservoir”) is a beautiful space a few...
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Cola del Embalse de Arcos


Embalse de Arcos de la Frontera, España
The Natural Site of Cola del Embalse de Arcos (“Arcos Reservoir”) is a beautiful space a few kilometres away from Arcos de la Frontera city centre. This natural site has been a protected area since July 18, 1989. It has also been a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA in Spanish) since 2002. With an...
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Bahía de Cádiz Incoming
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Bahía de Cádiz Incoming

Bahía de Cádiz Incoming is a group of trained professionals who love the province of Cadiz and try to give the visitors their knowledge of this part of Andalusia. Here you will find an overview of...
Bahía de Cádiz Incoming is a group of trained professionals who love the province of Cadiz and try to give...
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Bahía de Cádiz Incoming


Avda. Isaac Newton 12 . 11500 El Puerto de Santa María El Puerto de Santa Maria 11500
Bahía de Cádiz Incoming is a group of trained professionals who love the province of Cadiz and try to give the visitors their knowledge of this part of Andalusia. Here you will find an overview of their range of excursions in the province: • Regular Tours, with guaranteed places and different departure points in the...
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Casa de los Jesuitas

Casa de los Jesuitas

The Casa de los Jesuitas (House of the Jesuits) is the current market of Arcos de la Frontera. Located in Plaza Boticas, this building began to be built in mid-18th century to accommodate the Order....
The Casa de los Jesuitas (House of the Jesuits) is the current market of Arcos de la Frontera. Located in...
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Casa de los Jesuitas


Plaza Boticas, Arcos de la Frontera, España
The Casa de los Jesuitas (House of the Jesuits) is the current market of Arcos de la Frontera. Located in Plaza Boticas, this building began to be built in mid-18th century to accommodate the Order. However, it remained unfinished after the first expulsion of the Jesuits from Spain, ordered by Charles III of Spain. As...
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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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