Arcos de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera
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JDavidHalifax
Halifax, Canada132 contributions
Mar 2022
On Tuesday, we spent the day in Cádiz, Spain. It’s an ancient port city, said to be the oldest in SW Europe – 1100 BC. It is the home of the Spanish Navy. There are more than 100 watchtowers used for spotting ships. Like Halifax there is a NEW bridge and an OLD bridge, however they are much longer than our spans across Halifax Harbour.
While we only did drive-by visits of some of the historic sites and streets, we did do a stop at the end of our tour to the beach and walkway, which is famous in a James Bond movie starring Piers Brosnan. This was a site for filming Piers Brosnan and he was supposedly in Havana, Cuba.
Our small group tour took us to Acros and Jerez, two towns (cities)about an hour away. We passed olive tree orchards and beautiful farm country. Our tour guide regaled us with lots of bull fight and olive oil stories during our drive.
In Acros de La Frontera, we walked the cobbled streets and took in the views high up on the cliffside. We even went to a cloistered convent where our guide bought baked goods from a nun. The transaction was without human contact.
Our second town was Jerez de la Frontera. We were dropped off in the old quarter for lunch on our own and a walkabout. Jerez has the famous Royal Andalusian riding school and is also known for flamenco music and sherry production in the so-called Sherry Triangle lying to the west. Lunch was a selection of Spanish Tapas washed down with sherry.
Written June 10, 2022
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elizabeth d
Galashiels, UK17 contributions
Feb 2020
Stayed here in February but by no means closed up completely. This beautiful little village lies southwest of Seville, easy to get to by car (not sure about public transport) and is a mix of the old Arcos and modern on the edges of the town. Possible to eat and drink reasonably to around 11 in the evening at this time of year. Stunning views of the castle from the low road. Well stocked supermarkets, Carrefour and El Jamon two of the biggest with reasonable prices. Well placed to visit round about, Jerez, Cadiz, Medina Sidonia, Sanlucar de Barrameda.
Written March 6, 2020
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Happy days
8 contributions
Sep 2019
Really nice place to visit. We went here in the afternoon and parked the car at the bottom and walked up to the church at the top, nice walk, quite hilly but okay if you stop every now and then to admire the view and the lovely white washed houses. Once at the top you get a lovely view of the valley below and of the church so worth getting to the top. There are lots of lovely little restaurants to eat in, would have liked to have spent longer exploring the place.
Written June 28, 2020
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jakobers
Philipsburg, PA14 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Of all the place we traveled through over two weeks in Andalusia, during January, this town was the most "closed for seasonal maintenance" of all. Stores, restaurants, tourist attractions... we barely got too see anything. The highlight was staying at the Parador, a beautiful hotel with a great view.
Written January 25, 2020
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travelbob1
New Windsor, NY1,010 contributions
Jul 2022
If you can, take the time to walk the historic narrow road up to the church. Along the way there are dozens of shops and decorative tile entryways and architectural details to delight your curiosity and knowledge of this visit. The merchants were helpful and pleasant.
Written July 21, 2022
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staledale
1,293 contributions
Oct 2019
Only spent one day and night in Arcos de La Fontera, but worth the time. Lovely Old Town with great walking and views. Walk to La Mirador for great views from the top.
Written September 13, 2020
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David G
Escondido, California139 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Arcos de la Frontera is considered one of the best of white villages (pueblos blancos). It’s reputation as “one of Andalusia’s prettiest” is well deserved. It was a little drive from the B&B and there is a fair amount of incline walking from the parking garage to see the more historical parts of the town, including Cabildo Square and the area around Mayorazgo Palace (which we did not see). Walking through the narrow and steep cobblestone streets of city can be a little taxing, as with some other smaller Spanish towns. But you are treated to close-up views of whitewashed houses, and locals enjoying evening meals and beverages and a fascinating blend of architectural styles. Some recommended things are:
• Plaza de España, the highest point in the village
• Several balcony locations at the edge of the cliff offering views of the Guadalete Valley and River
• The Church of Santa María de la Asunción
• The Ayuntamiento at the foot of the old castle walls
• Casa del Corregidor, onetime residence of the governor and now a Parador
• Cabildo Square
• The Church of San Pedro
Written July 11, 2017
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Naarden
Portland, OR192 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
The guidebooks highly rate Arcos, so we were expecting something better than what we experienced. The views from the various view spots are certainly beautiful, but the town itself was a big disappointment. Traffic is not regulated through the very tiny streets. There was no way we could stroll. You are constantly having to squeeze into doorways as many trucks and cars, spewing exhaust, go by you inches away. Most Spanish small towns have narrow streets with traffic, but this is in the extreme. Many cars' and trucks' side mirrors scraping the sides of buildings as they went by. We couldn't wait to leave. Better hill town experiences? Gorgeous Zahara, Grazalema, and of course, Ronda!
Written July 4, 2016
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swirlwind
Perth, Australia341 contributions
Jul 2019
After visiting Ronda and Zahara de la Sierra, my next stop is Arcos de la Frontera. Some say it's the most outstanding white town out of the 19 in Andalucia. Approaching closer, I starting to believe it.

My taxi driver didn't agree; he groaned when the turn gets sharper and the road narrower. It was a bit of chaos to finally reach my hotel up hill in the old quarter. The taxi zigzag, back & forth, squeezed & turned into a dead-end: to my hotel behind a huge double door and wrought-iron grills. Then, with help from the locals, continued twist & turn further up, the taxi was free again. We waved good-by.

Wow! This fortified old town built along the clifftop, surrounded by Rio Guadalete and valleys down below was spectacular! Quiet, mysterious with very high walls, huge churches and convent around the village. A labyrinthine old quarter next to the open main square at the hilltop. The opposite side is a 11th-century Moorish castle. Next to it on the corner; a 13th-century built Romanesque Gothic-Mudéjar style church, separated by a narrow walkway in-between. The other side of the main square is the open edge where the sheer cliff plunge down to the river below.
Town-hall is a few minutes down, at the foot of the castle walls. A few banks, shops and ATMs close by.
By all means one should stay and live in the beautiful old quarter. There were 2/3 original mansion converted to boutique hotels clung on the cliff facing the valley. many small restaurants out of the narrow passage way dotted around different squares were all 3 or 5 minutes aways from the hotel. One of the local bus at old town square goes down to the newer part of the village for 2€.
Arcos is out of the beaten track. So it's much less touristic than Ronda. I quite like it this way. I read it was once a small kingdom during the 11 century. I believe it will stay the way it is now for a long, long time.
Written March 9, 2020
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Nancy_Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada579 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We spent a week visiting several villages on the route through the mountains from Seville to Granda. Arcos de la Frontera was one of my favourites. It's small and easy enough to find your way about. You can walk everywhere and there's plenty to do to keep yourself busy for a few days. People are extremely friendly. When you find yourself dizzy from walking the narrow cobblestone streets that are the old city, there's always the Walking Trail (Presa Del Guadalete) along the river. Take the street that passes through the City Gate (Puerta de Matrera) and continue walking towards the bridge at Calle Angorrilla. Just before you cross the river you'll see a dirt trail branching off to your left. The trail loops around and rambles back to the village alongside the river. There are several beautiful viewpoints looking up at the village. For photos go in the morning when light is best.
Written February 17, 2018
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