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Taberna Jóvenes Flamencos

You've got to hand it to this cheerful, popular place, which successfully opened amid the recession. Along with wonderful flamenco/bullfighting decor, tiled floors and hand-painted hot-red tables, it has an enticing…
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…
Andalucian in Arcos de la Frontera

El Corregidor

With its spectacular cliff-side terrace and divine countryside views, this classically smart parador restaurant is Arcos' most elegant eatery. The local-inspired menu includes subtly updated temptations like avocado…
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…
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 eggplant with goat's cheese, spinach-cheese crêpes, bacon-wrapped prawns – alongside ice-cold cañas (small dr…
Moroccan in Arcos de la Frontera

Babel

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, zi…
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

Mirador

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.