Dramatic cliffs, typical whitewashed houses and legendary history: discover the magic of Arcos de la Frontera, one of Spain's most beautiful towns, on this guided walking tour.
Arcos de la Frontera Walking Tour Itinerary
Once a small kingdom in Islamic Spain, Arcos de la Frontera today is a sleepy hilltop village characterised by its white houses and Moorish architecture, like many of the Pueblos Blancos, or White Towns of Andalusia. After meeting your guide on one of the typically steep cobbled streets, you'll begin your guided walking tour of the enchanting historic centre.
Not far from your meeting point, you'll see the Puerta de Jerez, or the Old Jerez Gate, part of the remains of the ancient Roman and Moorish city walls. From here, you'll take in the sight of the Palacio del Conde del Águila, a 15th century palace that is a true architectural gem, a fusion of late Gothic and Mudejar traditions.
You'll then reach Plaza del Cabildo, a square in the heart of historic Arcos de la Frontera and home to some of the town's most emblematic monuments. Admire the 17th century stone entrance to the Old City Hall and the imposing Medieval Castillo de Arcos, a castle built over the 11th to 15th centuries and used as a military fortress during the Muslim period. The Plaza is also home to Arcos' Parador, a traditional luxury hotel housed in a converted historic building, and the Balcón de la Peña Nueva, a viewpoint at the edge of a sheer-faced sandstone cliff which offers spectacular panoramic views over the surrounding Andalusian countryside.
Discover the town's history through the diverse architectural styles that make up the next buildings on your guided tour. You'll see the Iglesia de San Pedro, a 15th - 17th century church built on top of a 14th century Moorish watchtower and the Basílica de Santa María de la Asunción. This Mudejar church has Gothic, Plateresque, Renaissance and Baroque influences from the additions and renovations that were made over the 15th to 17th centuries. You'll also visit the Mirador de Abades, another viewpoint which looks over the terracotta-roofed whitewashed houses of the town and the beautiful natural scenery of the Sierra de Grazalema and Los Alcornocales national parks.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protection and safety, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. Specifically, the provider of this tour will apply the following measures:
- Tours or activities will not consist of more than 9 people per group.
- A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
- The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
- Alcohol gel will be available before, during, and after the service.
- All those taking running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.
- Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.
- At monuments, museums and attractions, the maximum permitted capacity will be a 50% of the total maximum capacity.
- Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
|Adults||Children under 11 years old|
Children under 11 years oldFree
1 hour 30 minutes.
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Local English speaking guide with expert knowledge of art and history.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Arcos de la Frontera local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
No (not advisable for people with reduced mobility).
Arcos de la Frontera Tourist Office.