Arcos de la Frontera

Everything you’ve ever wanted to come to life in pueblo blanco (white town) materialises in miraculous way in Arcos de la Frontera (33km east of Jerez): a pulse pumping proper clifftop location, the soporific ancient town is full of winding streets and mystery, a swanky parador, and a volatile frontier history. The weird look tour bus and foreign-owned guesthouse don’t affect the drama. For a brief period during the 11th century, Arcos was ruled as a Berber-ruled taifa(small kingdom). It remained de la Frontera following its annexation Christian king Alfonso X El Sabio for Seville in 1255 till Granada’s fall in 1492.

Basilica Menor de Santa Maria de la Asuncion

This Gothic-cum-baroque creation is amongst the most beautiful and thrilling little churches in Andalucia. It was erected centuries on the same spot as a mosque. Look out for the ornate gold-leaf altarpiece (a miniature of the one in Seville cathedral) created between the year 1580 and 1608, the painting, which is modeled after San Critobal, the 14th century mural exhibited in 1970s, an ornate choir wood carving and a lovely Isabelline ceiling tracery.

Plaza del Cabildo

Constructed alongside old buildings, the Plaza del Cabildo is right in the middle of the ancient town, its vertiginous mirador given right cover over the Río Guadalete. The 11th-century, Moorish-built Castillo de los Duques is not open to public use, however it’s outer walls frame classic Arcos views. On the eastern side is the Parador de Arcos de la Frontera is a reconstruction of a 16th-century magistrate’s house.

Convento de las Mercedarias

Here giving a confession is as easy as buying a biscuit, you simply enter a vestibule of this ancient convent, press a bell, and a nun who is concealed on the other side of a wooden partition which will given a spot to buy sweet(€3 to €7.50). Insert your payment into a revolving compartment, and in just a few minutes it will revert back with your order on it.

Arcos de la Frontera