Basílica Menor de Santa María de la Asunción

Arcos de la Frontera

This Gothic-baroque creation is one of Andalucía's more beautiful, intriguing churches, built over several centuries on the site of a mosque. Check out the ornate gold-leaf altarpiece (a miniature of that in Seville's cathedral) carved between 1580 and 1608, the striking painting of San Cristóbal (St Christopher), the restored 14th-century Gothic-Mudéjar mural, the woodcarved 18th-century choir and the Isabelline ceiling tracery. The original bell tower was toppled by the 1755 Lisbon earthquake; its neoclassical replacement remains incomplete.

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Nearby Arcos de la Frontera attractions

1. Plaza del Cabildo

0.02 MILES

Lined with fine ancient buildings, Plaza del Cabildo is the heart of Arcos' old town, its vertiginous mirador affording exquisite panoramas over the Río…

2. Castillo de los Duques

0.03 MILES

Originally an 11th-century Moorish alcázar (fortress), Arcos' castle was extensively rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. It's closed to the public,…

3. Mirador

0.03 MILES

Arcos' standout lookout point, on Plaza del Cabildo in the heart of the old town, has spectacular views over the Río Guadalete, which is flanked by olive…

4. Convento de las Mercedarias

0.05 MILES

If it's open, step into the vestibule of this working 1642 convent, push a bell, and a concealed cloistered nun on the other side of a wooden partition…

5. Iglesia de San Pedro

0.14 MILES

Containing a 16th-century main altarpiece said to be the oldest in Cádiz province, this Gothic-baroque confection contains one of Andalucía's most…

6. Mirador de Abadés

0.22 MILES

For more sprawling panoramas of Arcos, the Río Guadalete and the surrounding country, seek out this small viewpoint at the southeastern end of the old…

7. Circuito de Jerez

12.85 MILES

The Circuito de Jerez, on the A382 10km northeast of town, hosts several motorcycle- and car-racing events every year (usually in March, April or May),…

8. Bodegas Lustau

18.52 MILES

Book ahead for the excellent-value, English- or Spanish-language tours of the handsome, vine-shaded Lustau bodega, founded in 1896. 'Standard' visits (€18…