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A White Village worth a visit

The Roman called it Arx-Arcis ("high fortress") because of its location and strategic importance. The Moorish period can be considered as the most important in the history of this jewel among White Villages. After a rebellion in the year 1264 the Muslim population was exiled during the rule of Alfonso X, "El Sabio" (the wise).
Later Arcos belonged to the Dukes and Earls of Ponce de León.



- Old part
- Holy Week
- Pilgrimage




General information


On serpentine roads the visitor climbs the  mountain range high above the Guadalete river where the most important of the White Villages is situated. 31,000 inhabitants (2009) live there and the village is surrounded by large reservoirs, where you can go fishing/angling, bathing and surfing.

To visit

Plaza de Cabildo – here we find the town hall, the Castillo (castle) and the Santa María Church with a beautiful Gothic façade in Mudéjar style and some frescos from the 14th century.
Good view across the Guadalete gorge.

Palaces and noble houses – the houses of the aristocrats Condes de Águila, Marqués de Terresoto, Pedro Gamazo, de los Virues and der Mayorazgo palace are all located close to the castle

San Pedro – fortified Gothic church with Neoclassic bell tower.

Convent of the Mercedarias Descalzas – the nuns of this monastery sell homemade sweets.

Convento de la Caridad - colonial style building from the 18th century located outside the village.



Jerez de la Frontera – the biggest city and economic center of the Cádiz province lies just 35 kms/20 miles west.
Cádiz - 80 kms/50 miles south.
Sevilla – the capital of Andalusia (approx. 90 kms/60 miles north) deserves a visit of at least one full day

Route passing the White Villages – the mountainous region between Cádiz and Ronda with all the charming villages one would expect.

Tourist infrastructure


Tourist information
Plaza del Cabildo 


Traffic connections
National roads to Jerez de la Frontera, Seville, Antequera/Granada/Málaga

Approx. 15 hotels and hostels of different categories and prices.

Hotel check: 

Tapas bars
Alcaraván, Los Murales, El Circulo de la Unión,
Cosmopólitan, Albeniz, Cafetería Olé

San Marcos, C/Marqués de Torresoto 6
El Convento, C/Marqués de Torresoto 7
Los Murales, Plaza Boticas 1


All around the Plaza del Cabildo:
leather goods, ironwork, embroidery, ceramics


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