Top ChoiceAndalucian in Arcos de la Frontera

Taberna Jóvenes Flamencos

Along with oh-so-Andalucía flamenco/bullfighting decor, tiled floors and hand-painted tables, cheerful and popular Jóvenes Flamencos has an enticing menu of meat, seafood and vegetarian tapas and raciones,...

Square in Arcos de la Frontera

Plaza del Cabildo

Lined with fine ancient buildings, Plaza del Cabildo is the heart of Arcos' old town, its vertiginous mirador affording exquisite panoramas over the Río Guadalete. The Moorish-origin Castillo de los Duques,...

Basilica in Arcos de la Frontera

Basílica Menor de Santa María de la Asunción

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...

Spanish in Arcos de la Frontera

El Sombrero de Tres Picos

Perched by the lake, 3.5km northeast of Arcos, this well-known restaurant has been revitalised by keen new owners, plating up traditional meats, stews and tapas prepared with creative flair and international...

Andalucian in Arcos de la Frontera

El Corregidor

With its spectacular cliff-side terrace and countryside views, this classically smart parador restaurant is Arcos' most elegant. The local-inspired menu includes subtly updated Andalucian temptations like avocado...

Moroccan in Arcos de la Frontera


Arcos' Moroccan-fusion restaurant has tasteful decor (red-washed walls, cushy booths and ornate stools shipped in from Casablanca) and some equally tasty dishes. Choose from perfectly spiced tagines and couscous,...

Tapas in Arcos de la Frontera

Bar La Cárcel

A cárcel (prison) in name only, this welcoming, low-key bar-restaurant offers no-nonsense tapas – honeyed aubergine with goat's cheese, bacon-wrapped prawns, tortillitas de camarones (shrimp fritters), tuna with...

Convent in Arcos de la Frontera

Convento de las Mercedarias

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 will invite you to buy a bag of house-made treats. Place...

Andalucian in Arcos de la Frontera


Andalucian flavours are laced with the influences of Moorish cuisine at Aljibe, set in the elegantly reimagined aljibe (cistern) of an 18th-century building styled with antique-tiled floors and rich red or...

Church in Arcos de la Frontera

Iglesia de San Pedro

Containing a 16th-century main altarpiece said to be the oldest in Cádiz province, this Gothic-baroque confection contains one of Andalucía's most magnificent small-church interiors, behind an 18th-century...

Viewpoint in Arcos de la Frontera


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 and citrus trees.

Viewpoint in Arcos de la Frontera

Mirador de Abadés

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 town.

Religious in Arcos de la Frontera

Semana Santa

Dramatic Semana Santa processions see hooded penitents inching through Arcos' narrow streets.

Castle in Arcos de la Frontera

Castillo de los Duques

Originally an 11th-century Moorish alcázar (fortress), Arcos' castle was extensively rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. It's closed to the public, but its outer walls frame classic old-town views.