Welcome to Arcos de la Frontera


For a brief period during the 11th century, Arcos was an independent Berber-ruled taifa (small kingdom). In 1255 it was claimed by Christian king Alfonso X El Sabio for Seville and it remained literally de la frontera (on the frontier) until the fall of Granada in 1492.


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$198.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Andalusia Villages Tour from Seville with Ronda Visit Option

After a hotel pick up, you will visit the first village, Arcos de la Frontera in Cadiz province. Here, the local guide will show you the town's famous arcs, natural scenery, churches, and ancient architecture dating back to the Romans and Moors. You will also stop by a local artisan who prepares a variety of beautiful ceramic pieces to see how they are handmade.After this, drive through Grazalema National Park, and pass by other villages in the midst of the lush forests and mountains. You will learn about the many varieties of trees and plants as well as the local industries of the area. After this brief stop, you will arrive at Grazalema with its interesting cultural customs, artisans, and local industry before stopping to have a traditional local lunch made with fresh, local ingredients.If you choose the upgraded tour, you will continue the tour visiting the stunning city of Ronda, which has attracted many Romantic poets and artists with its Roman and Moorish heritage and dramatic setting at the top of a cliff. You will stroll around the city and the guide will show you its breathtaking monuments and nature before returning to Seville. You will also enjoy an olive oil tasting in one of this city's oil mills if this option has been selected.

$375.99 Day Trips & Excursions

Private White Villages Guided Day Tour from Seville

Begin your journey driving through the Sevillian countryside, surrounded by wheat and beautiful sunflowers fields. Here you will stop at The Castle of 'Las Aguzaderas', an interesting medieval building located at the old border among Catholic kingdom and Moorish kingdom. Then, continue through the mountains stopping to watch the landscape of the white village Zahara de la Sierra, located at the top of a steep hill Zahara is famous for its views and history. Here you will have time to walk around the town and visit a small olive oil factory which makes one of the best olive oil in the region. On the way to Grazalema, we will drive through the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. You will love the views of Cadiz, Malaga and Seville provinces from 'Puerto de las Palomas'. You will also get the chance to witness the wildlife. These mountains are home to the largest colony of Griffon vultures in Spain. Once in Grazalema, there will be time to have a nice meal, surrounded by white houses decorated with colorful flowers. After lunch, you will leave Grazalema and head to Ronda, on the way we will cross a very beautiful Mediterranean forest full of cork trees and oaks where up to present day, locals still work with its cattle (Iberian pigs, goats and cows) to extract honey, cork, aromatic spices or wood. After an exciting morning, you will reach Ronda. This town is unique for its nature and history. It is built on two separate cliffs. The town is connected by 'The New Bridge' even though it was built in the 18th century. Your tour guide will take you around and tell you about the history after which you will have free time to explore.     In this Private Tour you can choose the visit of other towns like Olivera, Setenil or Arcos de la Frontera and 'La Cueva del Gato'.

$1214.74 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip from Málaga: The White Towns of Andalusia

The gateway to the Pueblos Blancos Route, Arcos de la Frontera, is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. There are traces of the first prehistoric settlers and of the Romans at the archaeological site Sierra de Aznar. The town’s layout and contour are, however, from the Muslim era. Walk through the narrow streets and pass under the ancient archways to visit the old quarters, a declared historical site. All of the historical places of worship house valuable images which are paraded through the town’s streets during Easter Week, part of the Semana Santa Festival which has also been declared of National Touristic Interest.The mountain village Zahara de la Sierra, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Jaral in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, is declared a Historical Site. Present-day Zahara de la Sierra was founded during a period of Moorish occupation. The town still stands from that period, apart from the maze-like urban design of Al-Andaluz, a 13th century castle that has been restored to keep the medieval Zahara within the stretches of its walls. The hillside position of Zahara imbues the village with an unusual appearance for an urban dwelling. The different levels require the streets to have steps! During the festival of Corpus Christi, declared a Festivity of National Tourist Interest, not only can you marvel at the sight of the decoration of the city, but you can also taste the local cuisine with dishes such as the “quemones de cebolla” (a tomato dip with onion and parsley), the “sopas hervias” (bread and tomato soup) and their specialty dessert cakes.The picturesque white town of Grazalema in the region of Cádiz is ensconced in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema mountain range and hosts a very particular microclimate, registering the highest annual rainfall index in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Although there are traces of prehistoric settlements in the area, such as the Dolmen de la Giganta, Grazalema’s origins coincide with the Roman town of Lacilbula. In the town centre, declared a Historic Site, the typical regional architecture blends perfectly with the town’s monumental treasures. The jewel in the crown of the town is, however, the Baroque church Nuestra Señora de la Aurora. It is accompanied by the San José Church, the parish church Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, the church San Juan and the Hermitages of El Calvario and Los Ángeles. The city is also famous for its traditional blankets, which are on display at the Museum of Textile Crafts along with other craft products.

$136.51 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip from Seville: The White Towns of Andalusia

The gateway to the Pueblos Blancos Route, Arcos de la Frontera, is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. There are traces of the first prehistoric settlers and of the Romans at the archaeological site Sierra de Aznar. The town’s layout and contour are, however, from the Muslim era. Walk through the narrow streets and pass under the ancient archways to visit the old quarters, a declared historical site. All of the historical places of worship house valuable images which are paraded through the town’s streets during Easter Week, part of the Semana Santa Festival which has also been declared of National Touristic Interest.The mountain village Zahara de la Sierra, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Jaral in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, is declared a Historical Site. Present-day Zahara de la Sierra was founded during a period of Moorish occupation. The town still stands from that period, apart from the maze-like urban design of Al-Andaluz, a 13th century castle that has been restored to keep the medieval Zahara within the stretches of its walls. The hillside position of Zahara imbues the village with an unusual appearance for an urban dwelling. The different levels require the streets to have steps! During the festival of Corpus Christi, declared a Festivity of National Tourist Interest, not only can you marvel at the sight of the decoration of the city, but you can also taste the local cuisine with dishes such as the “quemones de cebolla” (a tomato dip with onion and parsley), the “sopas hervias” (bread and tomato soup) and their specialty dessert cakes.The picturesque white town of Grazalema in the region of Cádiz is ensconced in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema mountain range and hosts a very particular microclimate, registering the highest annual rainfall index in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Although there are traces of prehistoric settlements in the area, such as the Dolmen de la Giganta, Grazalema’s origins coincide with the Roman town of Lacilbula. In the town centre, declared a Historic Site, the typical regional architecture blends perfectly with the town’s monumental treasures. The jewel in the crown of the town is, however, the Baroque church Nuestra Señora de la Aurora. It is accompanied by the San José Church, the parish church Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, the church San Juan and the Hermitages of El Calvario and Los Ángeles. The city is also famous for its traditional blankets, which are on display at the Museum of Textile Crafts along with other craft products.

$136.51 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip from Jerez: The White Towns of Andalusia

The gateway to the Pueblos Blancos Route, Arcos de la Frontera, is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. There are traces of the first prehistoric settlers and of the Romans at the archaeological site Sierra de Aznar. The town’s layout and contour are, however, from the Muslim era. Walk through the narrow streets and pass under the ancient archways to visit the old quarters, a declared historical site. All of the historical places of worship house valuable images which are paraded through the town’s streets during Easter Week, part of the Semana Santa Festival which has also been declared of National Touristic Interest. The mountain village Zahara de la Sierra, situated in the foothills of the Sierra del Jaral in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, is declared a Historical Site. Present-day Zahara de la Sierra was founded during a period of Moorish occupation. The town still stands from that period, apart from the maze-like urban design of Al-Andaluz, a 13th century castle that has been restored to keep the medieval Zahara within the stretches of its walls. The hillside position of Zahara imbues the village with an unusual appearance for an urban dwelling. The different levels require the streets to have steps! During the festival of Corpus Christi, declared a Festivity of National Tourist Interest, not only can you marvel at the sight of the decoration of the city, but you can also taste the local cuisine ( not included) with dishes such as the “quemones de cebolla” (a tomato dip with onion and parsley), the “sopas hervias” (bread and tomato soup) and their specialty dessert cakes. The picturesque white town of Grazalema in the region of Cádiz is ensconced in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema mountain range and hosts a very particular microclimate, registering the highest annual rainfall index in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Although there are traces of prehistoric settlements in the area, such as the Dolmen de la Giganta, Grazalema’s origins coincide with the Roman town of Lacilbula. In the town centre, declared a Historic Site, the typical regional architecture blends perfectly with the town’s monumental treasures. The jewel in the crown of the town is, however, the Baroque church Nuestra Señora de la Aurora. It is accompanied by the San José Church, the parish church Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, the church San Juan and the Hermitages of El Calvario and Los Ángeles. The city is also famous for its traditional blankets, which are on display at the Museum of Textile Crafts along with other craft products.

$155.02 Water Sports

From Cádiz: Kayak at Tajo del Águila & Arcos de la Frontera

What You'll Do Enjoy personal service in private tourBenefit from free hotel pick-up and drop offDiscover the beauty of Sierra de Grazalema Benefit from the services of an informative and friendly private guide See native wildlife in their natural environment The greatest asset of the Tajo del Águila Complex is undoubtedly the nature: the Guadalcacín Reservoir, one of the largest in Spain, is ideal for enjoying canoeing, pedalos or sailboat trip and also an idyllic place for fishing and photography. You may admire the Tajo del Águila, rock that protrudes from the hillside, along a trail that passes by there. From the upper part, prevail excellent views of the Sierra Cadiz and the Natural Park of Alcornocales. From the viewpoints, that are distributed in several strategic points, you have the chance to experience spectacular views both day and night. Gateway to the Pueblos Blancos Route, Arcos de la Frontera is considered one of the most beautiful towns in Spain. There are traces of the first prehistoric settlers and of the Romans at the Sierra de Aznar Archaeological Site. Town’s layout and contour are however from Muslim era. Walk through the incredibly narrow streets and pass under the ancient archways to visit for example the old quarters, declared as historical site. Historical treasures of this part of the town include the Los Duques Castle (15th century), the Matrera Gateway (11th-14th centuries) and the quarters surrounded by walls in which are located the Santa María Basilica, the San Pedro Church, and numerous churches, chapels and convents. All the historical places of worship house valuable images which are paraded through the streets of the town during Easter Week as part of a festival which has been declared of National Tourist Interest. Highlights Free hotel pickup and drop-off includedSmall group ensures personal service Informative, friendly and professional guide Ideal choice for familiesSee native wildlife in their natural environment Private guide for a more personalized experience Perfect for all ages and skill levelInstant Confirmation