Welcome to Arcos de la Frontera
Everything you've ever dreamed a pueblo blanco (white town) to be miraculously materialises in Arcos de la Frontera (33km east of Jerez): a thrilling strategic clifftop location, a soporific old town full of winding streets and mystery, a swanky parador, and a volatile frontier history. The odd tour bus and foreign-owned guesthouse do little to dampen the drama.For a brief period during the 11th century, Arcos was... Read More
Top experiences in Arcos de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera activities
White Villages Tour from Seville with Optional Vis
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, we will 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, and let the tranquil calmness wash over with the sound of the pure water running streams. 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 tours, 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.
Cadiz Shore Excursion: The White Washed Villages Private Tour
Meet your guide and your driver close to the port gate and board your A/C minicoach. As you exit the historical centre, your guide will introduce you to the history of Cadiz, one of the oldest inhabited cities in Western Europe. As you reach the gateway of the White Washed Villages Route, the beauty of the landscape where olive trees and sunflower fields blend harmoniously will charm you. Perched on a hill 200 metres above sea level, Arcos de la Frontera stretches majestically over the Guadalete valley. It has been inhabited since prehistorical times. Your friendly guide will take you around the historical centre (declared World Historical Site) where the maze-like narrow streets, ancient archways and breath-taking views will enchant you. Some of the sights you will see include Los Duques Castle (15th century), the Matrera Gateway (11th century) ,the Santa María Basilica and San Pedro Church. as well as the remains of Arcos Castle (15th century fortress) filled with well maintained palaces and manor houses.Shopping is one of the highlights in Arcos as there is a wide range of local products including the finest Andalusian wines and Sherries, locally produced fine pottery, leather items and handicrafts to pick from. A coffee break in one of the cosy medieval corners will enhance your feel of the town and take you back in ancient time. On your way to Vejer de la Frontera, you will go across the famous “Ruta del Torro”, the bull route where hundreds of bulls can be seen breading peacefully.On route, you will see Medina Sidonia, one of the most authentic village around. You will visit the 16th century Iglesia Paroquial Matriz de Santa Maria La Mayor full of incredible artwork. Located on the top of a beautiful hill, Vejer de la Frontera boasts Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Moorish heritage and was used by all civilisations as a fortress town. As you explore the Old Quarter, you will see the 11th century castle as well as the 14th century Divino Salvador Parish Church and the impressive Jewish Quarter. The most outstanding civil buildings in the town are the Baroque Palace of the Marquis of Tamarón and the Mayorazgo House.Your guide will take you inside some of the local white washed houses famous for their stunning inner patios and medieval watching towers. You will also enjoy all the impressive viewpoints all around the town and the archs that connect the different parts of the historical centre. An absolute must see is Plaza España despite its small size remains one of the most picturesque squares in Southern Spain . After a lovely visit, it will be time to break for lunch in one of the local seafood restaurants. After an exhilirating day, we will take you on a scenic drive around Cadiz before dropping you back at the port terminal at least an hour before departure.
Private White Villages Guided Day Tour from Seville
Begin your journey driving through the Sevillian countryside, surround 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 at the picturesque white village of 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, have a coffee and visit a small olive oil factory which makes one of the best olive oil in Andalusia.On the way to Grazalema you will drive through the Natural Park "Sierra de Grazalema". You will enjoy a range of amazing landscapes and views over the provinces of Cádiz, Málaga and Seville, from "Puerto de las Palomas" which is 1157 metters above sea level. You will also get the chance to witness the wildlife in their natural habitat. 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 the pittoresque white houses decorated with colorful flowers.After lunch you will leave Grazalema and head to Ronda, on the way you 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, one of the oldest towns in Spain. Ronda its unique for its surrounding nature and history. It is built on two separate cliffs. The town is connected by the most famous bridge in Spain, known as "The New Bridge" even though it was built in 18th century. In Ronda your tour guide will take you around the city and tell you about the rich history city holds. After which you will have free time to explore the town´s beauty.In this private tour you can choose the visit of another towns like Olvera, Setenil or Arcos de la Frontera and "La Cueva del Gato"Conclude your tour back in Seville!