Cádiz' White Towns 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…
Castle in Zahara de la Sierra


To reach Zahara's 12th-century castle keep, take the path almost opposite the Hotel Arco de la Villa – it's a steep, steady 10- to 15-minute climb. The castle's recapture from the Christians by Emir Abu al-Hasan of …
Church in Olvera

Santuario de los Remedios

Three kilometres southeast of Olvera's historic core, en route to Torre Alháquime, this 17th-century sanctuary honours the town's patron saint. Its superposed cloisters have a tropical feel, draped in plants and wit…
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…
Square in Grazalema

Plaza de España

Grazalema centres on the 18th-century Plaza de España, overlooked by the stone-facade Iglesia de la Aurora (begun in 1760 and completed 40 years later), and refreshed by a four-spouted Visigothic fountain.
Castle in Olvera

Castillo Árabe

Perched on a crag high atop town is Olvera's late-12th-century Arabic castle, which later formed part of Nasrid-era Granada's defensive systems. Clamber up to the tower, with ever-more-exquisite town and country vie…
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.