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

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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Los Alcornocales

Los Alcornocales

With 170,000 hectares, Los Alcornocales Natural Park is crowned as the best preserved nature treasure in the province of Cádiz. Its enormous extension covers 16 municipalities of Cadiz; such as...
With 170,000 hectares, Los Alcornocales Natural Park is crowned as the best preserved nature treasure in the...
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Los Alcornocales


- Los Alcornocales, España
With 170,000 hectares, Los Alcornocales Natural Park is crowned as the best preserved nature treasure in the province of Cádiz. Its enormous extension covers 16 municipalities of Cadiz; such as Arcos de la Frontera, Tarifa, Medina Sidonia, Ubrique, Los Barrios, Jimena de la Frontera and Jerez de la Frontera. Its name refers to the park’s...
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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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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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Guadalcacin Reservoir

Guadalcacin Reservoir

The Guadalcacín Reservoir (Embalse de Guadalcacín) is the largest in the province of Cadiz, with a capacity of around 800 million cubic meters. It is located in a spectacular natural environment....
The Guadalcacín Reservoir (Embalse de Guadalcacín) is the largest in the province of Cadiz, with a...
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Guadalcacin Reservoir


- Embalse de Guadalcacín, España
The Guadalcacín Reservoir (Embalse de Guadalcacín) is the largest in the province of Cadiz, with a capacity of around 800 million cubic meters. It is located in a spectacular natural environment. It covers areas of the townships of San José del Valle, Arcos de la Frontera, Paterna de Rivera and Algar. The Majaceite River is the...
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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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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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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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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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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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