Out and about in Arcos de la Frontera

Arcos de la Frontera is a town in the Sierra de Cadiz, in the north of Seville province. In April 2016 I stayed in this small ‘pueblo blanco’ for just two nights so please don’t consider this an authorative guide, it’s just a brief impression.

Google map here.

Work put me up at the cosy and friendly Hotel los Olivos www.hotel-losolivos.es at 30 Paseo los Boliches. They have a good breakfast spread and decent Wi-Fi in the rooms.

It’s a beautiful historic town, popular with tourists, that is dramatically perched on sheer cliffs, surrounded on three sides by the River Guadalete. Here’s a photo of a postcard to give you an idea.


The views are quite breathtaking.


Particularly from the Mirador de Abades.


The narrow wandering streets are very atmospheric to walk around…


…especially at night.



I followed the Ruta de Monumental which takes in most of the points of interest in the upper town. Click on these photos to go to a full-screen slideshow.

The oldest and most famous church is the Basílica de Santa María de la Asunción which has a Gothic interior and a Renaissance and Baroque exterior. It’s a couple of euros to get in and is generally open from 10.00 till 13.00 and again from 16.00 to 19.00.

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