Arcos de la Frontera, Spain

A pretty street, Arcos de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain

Arcos de la Frontera, another one of Andalusia’s pueblos blancos.

Arcos de la Frontera, reasons to visit, or not!

A travel guide gushes about Arcos de la Frontera being ‘a stunning collection of white houses and church spires and topped by a castle. . . ‘.  Having just come from Ronda via Grazalema the bugcrew were not at all impressed by this pueblo blanco.

As you can see from the photos the old town quarter at the top of the hill certainly possesses some cute, winding little streets and a handful of ancient doorways but is distinctly lacking in real attractions. In fact the biggest ‘sight’ in Arcos is the ‘pleasing’ Basilica Menor de Santa Maria de la Asuncion with ‘beautiful baroque tower and intricate Gothic western facade. . . ‘.

Well that’s a pure fiesta of nonsense adjectives. The problem with employing local writers for guide books is they know where everything is but. . . firstly, they frequently lack a global perspective concerning the tourist value of local attractions, secondly they may well have some self-interest in encouraging tourists to visit (e. g. they work as tour guides), thirdly they tend towards purple prose, and lastly they may fear local reaction if they paint a dark picture.

Panorama from the Plaza del Cabildo mirador, Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

Great views from the Plaza del Cabildo mirador.

Arcos de la Frontera views

Arcos de la Frontera from a distance, looking good, Andalusia, Spain.

Arcos de la Frontera seen from a distance, looking good.

A typical old town street in Arcos de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain

A typical old town street.

A street behind the basilica, Arcos de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

On the backside of the Basilica.

One of the best-looking streets.

Looking over to Arcos de la Frontera new town from the old town, Andalucia, Spain

Looking over to Arcos de la Frontera new town from the old town.