Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2023
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The stunning, dramatically positioned town of Arcos de la Frontera in Andalucia, Spain, balances on a rocky ridge, its  white houses and massive stone walls plunging down to the Guadalete River. 

It’s one of the Pueblos Blancos, (white villages) which are dotted throughout Cadiz in Andalucia. The may not be positioned on the highest of mountains in the province at only 607 feet but it was considered impregnable thanks to its dramatic position.

Respectfully, Arcos de la Frontera was declared a national historic-artistic moment in 1962. 

Its exceedingly charming old town is a tangled mix of cobbled streets that all lead up to the crowing point of the town, the Castillo de los Arcos.

Below it is a sheer rock face that plunges into the valley below. From this point, you get the most sensational sweeping views over the town and the rolling plains.

But it’s the town that’s the big crowd-puller here and wandering through the narrow tiny streets is just magical.

Take your time, strolling through this historical town, taking in colourful pots, whitewashed house and pretty squares. 

The churches are particularly ornate and the main church, Basilica of Santa Maria constructed in 1732 is a mixture of styles with its front, is splendidly Gothic. 

It sits in the Plaza del Cabildo and other arresting buildings include the Parador de Turismo, the Town Hall which dates back to the 17th century and the Balcon de Arcos which is a white arch that leads you to a spectacular viewing point. 

Along the way, fuel yourself with traditional sweets from a convent made by the cloister nuns and coffee from the sweet little Broticas Square.

You can’t miss the Inglesia de San Pedro with its baroque bell tower and baroque facade sits on the other side of the cliff and you reach it by making your way through a maze of tiny alleyways evocative of Morocco. 

Learn more about this charming town’s colourful history – and various occupations – at the Casa de la Culture (House of the Culture) housed in an old 17th century palace with beautiful gardens. 

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