- Location: Province of Cí¡diz in southern Spain
- Attraction Type: Town
- Significance: An outstanding Andalucian town with great history on its side
- Best Time To Visit: Arcos de la Frontera is very popular at the time of Easter, with its spectacular religious processions and its bull-running, but this white town can be visited any time of the year
- How To Reach: It is about an hour’s drive on the NIV motorway south from Seville and about 40 minutes north from Cí¡diz. From Jerez airport, it takes only 20 minutes
- Nearest Airport: Jerez Airport
Arcos de la Frontera is an outstanding Andalucian white village and is impressively sitting on top of a very steep, sheer cliff. The town is picturesque and beautiful with Arabic influence. At the bottom of the cliff, you will find the Guadalete River, which flows along with the olive and orange groves. The picturesque but frequently startlingly narrow streets of the town whose history goes back to Neolithic settlements is a must-visit for every tourist.
The first impression that you get off this mesmerizing town is a row of whitewashed houses sprinkled with imposing monuments that rise towards an impressive rose-tinted gorge.
History of Arcos de la Frontera
There is enough evidence that Stone Age cave-dwellers made living chambers using rocks. Romans, Visigoths, and Moors have been the early settlers of Arcos de la Frontera. It has one of the best ancient quarters in all of Spain and was declared a National Historic Monument in 1962. The winding route of its streets reveals a dominant Arab period which has been enriched by subsequent Christian periods.
The historic center of Arcos de la Frontera stretches from the old town, up the top of Cuesta de Belen to the Puerta Matrona. The old town is a labyrinth of narrow alleyways with its heart being the paved Plaza de Cabildo, whereas the new town is found on the lower slopes of the ridge.
Things to Do in Arcos de la Frontera
There are many things you can do while in Arcos de la Frontera. This trip of yours will be adventurous as well as fun. The surrounding has unlimited countryside actions, such as hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, hang-gliding, and para-gliding.
The Arcos Lake (Lago de Arcos) is a great place to enjoy watersports, such as dinghy sailing, rowing, windsurfing, and motor boating. You can also be involved in fishing as the lake has one of the best facilities. All year round many regional and national competitions are held.
You will be happy with the Baroque and Renaissance frontages which are decorated by coats-of-arms and splashes of floral decoration. There are several historic buildings, such as the churches of Santa Maria (15th century) and San Pedro and the convent of Mercedarias.
The main square of Arcos has the Castillo de los Duques which was the residence of the Taifas Kings during the Moorish centuries. Next to it is the Arco de Matrera, the only remaining town gate of the walled district. In Galeria De Arte San Pedro, artisans are seen doing their paintings and pottery. The town celebrates many occasions throughout the year. The most popular festivals are Carnavales(February), Semana Santa(Easter), Toro Aleluya(March), Belen Vivente(Christmas) and the Feria de San Miguel(September-October). Your visit to Arcos de la Frontera can coincide with the festivities.
Accommodation in Arcos de la Frontera
While visiting this town, you can stay in any of the hotels like Pena de Arcos, Parador de Arcos de la Frontera, Los Olivos, Meson La Molinera, Malaga, El Convento, Hacienda el Santiscal, Cortijo Fain, Arcos, La Casa Grande, El Lago and many more.
In fact, you can enjoy good food in this town. You will find different types of tapas bars in the old town but if you prefer somewhere more upmarket then go to Restaurante El Convento on Calle Marques De Soto. This popular restaurant offers game dishes on their extensive menu.