Arcos de la Frontera attractions

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, rebuilt …
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 small churches, built over several centuries on the site of a mosque. Check out the ornate gold-leaf altarpiece (a miniature of that in S…
Convent in Arcos de la Frontera

Convento de las Mercedarias

It isn't often that buying biscuits feels like going to confession: 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 invi…
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 sports what is perhaps one of Andalucía's most magnificent small-church interiors, behind an 18th-cen…
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.
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.
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 firmly closed to the public, but its outer walls frame classic old-town views.