The 10 Best Things to Do in Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

November 29, 2017 Cedrick Jardin

Arcos de la Frontera (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈarkoz ðe la fɾonˈteɾa]) is a town and municipality in the Sierra de Cádiz comarca, province of Cádiz, in Andalusia, Spain. It is located on the Northern, Western and Southern banks of the Guadalete river, which flows around three sides of the city under towering vertical cliffs, to Jerez and on to the Bay of Cádiz. The town commands a fine vista atop a sandstone ridge, from which the peak of San Cristóbal and the Guadalete Valley can be seen. The town gained its name by being the frontier of Spain's 13th century battle with the Moors.
Restaurants in Arcos de la Frontera

1. Arcos de la Frontera

Plaza del Cabildo, Arcos de la Frontera, Spain +34 956 70 22 64
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 335 reviews

Arcos de la Frontera

Reviewed By anne3212015 - Adelaide, Australia

I enjoyed an afternoon in Arcos wandering the narrow streets.
Park in the parking station below the old town. You'll be glad you did. Watching people negotiating the narrow streets and tight turns in their cars in the old section was quite entertaining!
Some sections are steep but it's well worth the effort for the views over the valley and the old architecture?
There were very few tourists when I was there in early December so moving around and taking photos was easy!

2. Basilica Menor de Santa Maria

Calle Dean Espinosa 1, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 149 reviews

Basilica Menor de Santa Maria

Reviewed By Alan R - Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Unfortunately we were unable to go inside as it was closed for some unspecified reason when we were there. However The Basilica Menor of Santa Maria is the biggest and the main Church of the town
It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries on the remains of the old Arab Mosque, it mixes different styles of architecture.
Such a shame we could see inside.

3. Museo del Belen

11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 60 reviews

Museo del Belen

Reviewed By gastronaut_11 - Perth, United Kingdom

Meticulous in detail in the story of Bethlehem and the Nativity. The figures are hand crafted from clay. Free entry.

4. Iglesia de San Pedro

Calle San Pedro 4, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Excellent
27%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 87 reviews

Iglesia de San Pedro

Reviewed By Sharron G - Minden, NV

Plaza is basically a parking lot between the church (with a stubby steeple), the castle (now a private residence and not accessible) and a spectalular viewing platforn. From this vantage point, hundreds of feet above the olive groves and valley below, you can see for miles. Local falconer has a set up with 6 or 8 raptors (and a grey parrot) for photo ops. We took a dozen photos with various birds and fellow seemed happy with a 2 Euro coin.

5. Plaza del Cabildo

Plaza Cabildo s/n, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Excellent
42%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Plaza del Cabildo

Reviewed By gastronaut_11 - Perth, United Kingdom

The Plaza is unfortunately used as a congested parking area for the Old Town. The buildings around the Plaza are really the reason for visiting and the excellent viewpoint.

6. Palacio del Mayorazgo

C/ Nunez de Prado, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain +34 956 70 30 13
Excellent
43%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 32 reviews

Palacio del Mayorazgo

Reviewed By Mono_Jockos - Barcelona, Spain

Fantastically beautiful place, close to the main square. One of the most impressive of the 'pueblos blancos' we visited. Great food - cheap and cheerful, although there may be high-end options available, but we were just passing though - nearby, but parking can be tricky
Unfortunately we went in June/July 2012 so please bear this in mind when looking at the mandatory date selection as I have chosen the date closest to our visit below.

7. Arcos Gardens Club De Golf

Calle Algar km 3, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain +34 956 70 41 31
Excellent
58%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Arcos Gardens Club De Golf

Reviewed By DianneU - Bromyard, United Kingdom

Despite ownership of the golf club still not being resolved it is open and the staff try very hard to make you welcome. There is a beautiful courtyard adjoining the hotel and we booked dinner for six in the restaurant. The menu was quite extensive and the food lovely with the staff attentive and professional. They even picked a bag of Seville oranges from the courtyard for my friend to make marmalade with! The golf course is open and we hope to play next time we visit.

8. Avenida 34

Avenida de Miguel Mancheno 34, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain +34 956 70 21 49
Excellent
82%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 16 reviews

Avenida 34

Reviewed By CasaCampana - Arcos de la Frontera

Amazingly low prices for such high quality tapas. I've lived in Arcos for 15 years and these are the most delicious tapas I have experienced here. No specific recommendations: it's all lovely! Oh, try the 'chupipostres' for dessert - different flavours of mousse served in small glasses. Not in the old town, but who cares?!

9. Tablao de Manuela

Calle Dean Espinosa 10, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain +34 671 17 68 51
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

Tablao de Manuela

Reviewed By john b - Valparaiso, Indiana

Can't believe TA doesn't have much of anything about Arcos.
Came here because its the beginning of the white hill towns. I thought they would all be walled like Italy Tuscan towns.
Arcos was really the only one.
We loved walking up the hill from our hotel and around the old city. Very small/ very quaint with amazing views.
The sq. Plaza del Cabildo has great views but is basically a parking lot. The 2 churches are very nice to see and just being part of it was a wonderful relaxing afternoon.
I think Arcos is a great place to stop if in the area but unless you are going to stay overnight not worth getting off the highway.

10. Huerta de Albala

Crta. CA 5234 Calle Cadiz, 11630 Arcos de la Frontera, Spain +34 647 74 60 48
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Huerta de Albala

Reviewed By trvlcrzy - Los Angeles, California

Having lived in California and able to experience different wineries across the entire state, we were skeptical when we first tasted a wine from this region. We are familiar that Cadiz is the region of sherries and dessert wines...it was a surprise to experience a complex red from the region. We first tasted their table red "Barbazul" at the award winning restaurant Girl and the Goat in Chicago.
So we inquired further of a winery visit and what a visit it was. Our host, Rosa was very eloquent in English and spent her entire morning touring us around this beautiful winery. The visit was very personal and informative...unlike the tourist driven visits of Napa/ Sonoma wineries and the Jerez Bodegas. It started with a briefing of the entire winery, how wines are produced and from which vineyards..a tour of the entire bodegas/cellars and machinery. Then came the best part..tasting the wines. It ranged from a chardonnay, the standard "Crianza" reds called Barbazul to the more complex Taberber labeled reds. They produce high quality wines and at a bargain. I'm not sure how long these prices will last but I hope they do (for our sake!). Now I'm scrambling to find the distributor here in the US as they are usually sold out and won't even produce any wines if it's a bad year for the grapes. Definitely always quality driven. We brought home with us a dozen bottles back to the US between friends and hopefully we find our reds before we run out.

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