|Arcos de la Frontera|
|Thirty miles away from Cadiz in the hills is a striking 'white village' which has been called the prettiest village in all of Spain. The original walled in town is the home to only 4,000 people. Hidden in the Gatidano mountain range both it's position and the scenery around it are spectacular. Best approached via the Avenida Duque de Arcos ( CA-6104).
Tottering on the edge of a spectacular sheer cliff, Arcos de la Frontera is a picturesque town which never lets you forget its Moorish history. Retaining many of the features from Arab builders it's Towers, churches, houses and municipal buildings are full of character and present many tourist photo opportunities. The square presents many splendid viewpoints with views of the River Guadalete and is an ideal tourist location for sights and photographs. This area, right on the White Villages route has a host of fabulous views across spectacular scenery. But Arcos is also a place where tradition is faithfully preserved, as can be seen in its festivals, as at Easter, or its cuisine, where the Iberian pig and horticultural products take a leading role. |
The Basilica of Santa María de la Asunción (13th-14th centuries), a church with a Gothic-Plateresque front and a Neoclassical tower is an excellent stopping off point on the tourist route.. Both the building and the beautiful organ it houses inside have been declared Historic-Artistic monuments. There are several beautiful churches in Arcos de la Frontera churches such as that of San Pedro, with a Baroque style front and tower, and that of San Miguel, a building currently used as a conference and exhibition hall.
The Convent of la Encarnación (16th C.), that of La Caridad (18th C.) or the hospital of San Juan de Dios (16th C) reflect that for hundreds of years the town was the home to various religious orders..
And all along the way the historic centre will show the visitor the beauty of traditional regional architecture, with simple houses with whitewashed walls opening their doors to show their interior courtyards decorated with flowers. On the route, some aristocratic houses appear, like the palace of the Count of Águila (15th C), a real jewel blending late Gothic and Mudejar traditions.
The Town Hall Arcos de la Frontera
Features a cover stone, topped by the Archangel Michael, patron of the city. The coffered ceiling is of Moorish style. Its interior boasts a picture of Carlos IV attributed to GoyaAyuntamiento de Arcos de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera
Destaca la portada en piedra, coronada por el Arcángel San Miguel, patrón de la ciudad. El artesonado es de estilo mudéjar. En su interior destaca un cuadro de Carlos IV atribuido a Goya Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 10h a 13,30h.
Plaza del Cabildo, 1
Teléfono: 956 70 49 50
The local excellent vegetables and pulses are the basis for some of the traditional cuisine: potaje " (stew with chard) and alboronía (dish made with pumpkin, chickpeas and tomato), as well as meat and fish stews. Cold meats such as local Iberian ham from the mountains close by. Then there is the world famous sherries and wines, those produced in Cádiz under the Denomination of Origin Jerez-Sherry and Manzanilla de Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
One of the most important festivals in Arcos de la Frontera is Easter, declared of Tourist Interest, culminating on Palm Sunday with the Aleluya bull penning.
Arcos de la Frontera is ono of the Andalucian villages forming the White Villages Route which are traditional places with impeccable white houses like Ubrique, Medina Sidonia or Vejer de la Frontera. The route passes through Serranía de Ronda, as well as through the natural parks of Sierra de Grazalema and Los Alcornocales. Arcos de la Frontera is an ideal spot that enables the tourist to go to beautiful places like the Costa de la Luz, El Puerto de Santa María, Puerto Real (whose old quarter is a historic-artistic site) or Chiclana de la Frontera. At the western end of the Cadiz coast lies Sanlúcar de Barrameda, well known for its manzanilla, with Denomination of Origin, and for being one of the entrances to the Doñana National Park, declared a World Heritage Site.
Tourists are also recommended to try other cultural routes like the Sun & Wine Route, which leads to Jerez de la Frontera, and the Bética Roman Route, passing through towns of that Roman province under the empire, from Santiponce (Seville) to Tarifa (Cádiz(, a good place for a walk in its old town and for going windsurfing