What to see in Arcos de la Frontera
Castillo Ducal de Arcos
During the Arab domination it functioned as a fortress or a military citadel and its construction is prior to the 11th century. After the reconquest it became the residence of the Dukes of Arcos and several reforms were undertaken which have given it its current appearance.
Basílica Menor de Santa María
It is the biggest and the main Church of Arcos de la Frontera. It was built between the 13th and 14th centuries on the remains of the old Arab Mosque and mixes different styles.
Colegio Nuestra Señora de las Nieves
It was founded as a convent in 1675 by the Jesuits and after their expulsion by Carlos III two years later it is occupied by Mercedarians until the confiscation of Mendizabal.
Centro de Interpretación Ciudad de Arcos
In this center they try to highlight the spectacular Historical Complex of the town and show the tourist the many possibilities the town and its surroundings have to offer.
Iglesia de San Miguel
This Church was transformed into a Hermitage in the mid-15th century. Before that it had been an Arab fortress. And it is currently used today as a showroom and a conference hall.
Capilla de La Misericordia
It was built by the Marquis of Cádiz in the late 15th century as a shelter for abandoned children and a women’s hospital. Currently it has now been converted into a conference room.
Convento de la Caridad
It is an admirable architectural complex in the colonial style, built in the late 18th century.
Iglesia de San Pedro
This Church was built in the 14th century on the remains of an ancient Arab fortress. The main facade is Baroque from the 18th century influenced by the Sevillian School.
San Juan de Dios, Arcos
Although currently it is a Senior Residential Center, in its Baroque Church highlighted is the main altarpiece made out of Flanders pine without browning, the statue of Christ of the Veracruz and Nuestra Señora de la Antigua.
It is the only remains of the original walls of the town. It was the key to the defense of Arcos eastward flank.
Plaza del Cabildo – Ayuntamiento de Arcos
The Plaza Cabildo is probably one of the most emblematic corners of the city. In it we can find buildings or places as important for Arcos as the National Parador, the viewpoint of the Nueva Peña, the Santa Maria Church and the Ducal Castle. As its name suggests, it is houses the Town Hall of the villa.
Palacio del Conde del Águila
It is a building in the Gothic-Mudejar style, making it one of the oldest in the province.
Iglesia de San Agustín – Arcos
This Church was part of the Convent of San Juan Letrán, founded in the first half of the 16th century and occupied at the end of it, by the Augustinian fathers. Of the complex only the church remains, which emphasizes the statue of the Nazarene, which enjoys great popular fervor of all the local people.
Casa de los Jesuitas
It’s where the current market place takes place in Arcos de la Frontera. This building began to be built in mid-18th century to accommodate the Order, but remained unfinished after the first expulsion of the Jesuits from Spain ordered by Carlos III.
It is the natural jewel of the province of Cadiz. It extends between the provinces of Cadiz and Malaga and consists of one of the largest cork oak forests in the world.
Convento de la Encarnación
It was founded as a convent in the first half of the 16th century being the work of Don Alonso de Baena. It has been used as a chapel, a hospital and a brotherhood. Highlighted are the main portal in the Plateresque style, and other portal beside in the Gothic-florida style.
Embalse de Guadalcacín
It is the largest in the province of Cadiz, with a capacity of around 800 million cubic meters. It´s located in a spectacular natural environment.
Pinacoteca Municipal y Jardín Andalusi
In it are held artwork exhibitions from local artists and the first prize painting competition “City of Arcos”. There we can find a beautiful garden in the Andalusian style.
Palacio del Mayorazgo
It is a beautiful building from the 17th century, which currently houses the House of Culture of the city.
Cola del Embalse de Arcos
This beautiful space, just a few kilometers away from the historic center of Arcos de la Frontera, offers a full range of active tourism, gastronomy and rural accommodation.
Convento de las Mercedarias
It is founded for this very purpose in the mid-17th century thanks to the contributions of Ms. Beatriz de la Calle. Inside, highlights the Chapel and its Baroque altar and statues of Nuestra Sra. De la Merced, San Jose and the child Jesús de la Roldana.