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Top Choice Church in Arcos de la Frontera

Basílica Menor de Santa María de la Asunción

This Gothic-cum-baroque creation is one of Andalucía's more beautiful and intriguing small churches, built over several centuries on the site of a mosque. Check out the ornate gold-leaf altarpiece (a miniature of th…
Top Choice Square in Arcos de la Frontera

Plaza del Cabildo

Lined with fine ancient buildings, Plaza del Cabildo is the centre of the old town, its vertiginous mirador affording exquisite vistas over the Río Guadalete. The 11th-century, Moorish-built Castillo de los Duques i…
Top Choice Moroccan in Arcos de la Frontera

La Taberna de Boabdil

Worth visiting Arcos for (like you needed an excuse), this atmospheric Moorish eating place is situated in an old cave, inhabited for aeons. The food is as eclectic as the decor and the atmosphere improves as the ni…
Church in Arcos de la Frontera

Iglesia de San Pedro

A Gothic-baroque confection, sporting what is perhaps one of Andalucía's most magnificent small-church interiors.
Fair in Arcos de la Frontera

Feria de San Miguel

Arcos celebrates its patron saint with a colourful four- or five-day fair.
Holy Week in Arcos de la Frontera

Semana Santa

Dramatic Semana Santa processions see hooded penitents inching through Arcos' narrow streets. On Easter Sunday, a hair-raising running of the bulls takes over.
Tapas in Arcos de la Frontera

Bar La Cárcel

A cárcel (prison) in name only, this low-key bar-restaurant offers no-nonsense tapas – honeyed eggplant with goat's cheese, spinach-cheese crêpes – with ice-cold cañas (small draught beer) and tinto de verano (red w…
Flamenco in Arcos de la Frontera

Fiesta de la Virgen de las Nieves

This three-day festival includes a top-class flamenco night in Plaza del Cabildo.
Moroccan in Arcos de la Frontera


Arcos' Moorish fusion spot has some tasteful decor (the ornate stools were shipped in from Casablanca) and some equally tasty dishes: choose from tagines, couscous and hummus, or the full Arabic tea treatment with s…
Convent in Arcos de la Frontera

Convento de las Mercedarias

It's not often that buying biscuits feels like going to confession, but step into the vestibule of this ancient convent (if you find it open), push a bell, and a concealed nun on the other side of a wooden partition…