ARCOS EN 1 DÍADelve into a heritage that falls in love. Visiting Arcos it’s not just sightseeing, visiting Arcos is to enter a heritage that falls in love, is walking through a magical and natural environment, meet people, eat exquisite, stay in fantastic places, but above all live a unique experience. One day is a short time to know Arcos de la Frontera although enough to enjoy the place and stay wanting to return … 1Corredera street In the Corredera street, which takes you to the monumental area, you’ll find Saint Michael church, what was a Muslim fortress over a hill till the 15th Century and it became a hermitage dedicated to Saint Michael. It crumbles because of the rains in 1684 and it is built again in the 18th Century. It has also been an orphanage for girls as well as a church. Nowadays is not in use as a church and it is used as a cultural lounge. (expositions, conferences, etc.) 2Bethlehem´s Hill Start your tour in Bethlehem´s Hill, the place where one of the city gates was located in Arab times, which had three arches, a double wall reinforcement, a barbican, a moat and a drawbridge. In its lintel there was the coat of arms of Arcos, nowadays in the Town Hall doorway. It was demolished in 1852. The name comes from the image of Gothic Virgin from the 16th century which was located in an alcove of the demolished Jerez´Gateway. On the way up you will find the Tourist Office, which is also an interpretation center that you can visit and has a model of the city. There you´l find a map of the town that will serve as a guide and all the information you need for your visit. 3Minor Basilica of Santa María de la Asunción Now you are ready to start your experience in Arcos. Keep going and you will find the Minor Basilica of Santa María de la Asunción. The main façade shows a great doorway in late Gothic style and early Plateresque. 4Cabildo square Some stone steps from 1732, lead us to the landing where the church sits and and further up to the Cabildo square, where you can enjoy spectacular views from the Mirador de la Peña. 5Convento de la Encarnación Down the Pesas del Reloj´street, and you´ll find the Incarnation Convent, which was chapel, a hospital and brotherhood in the 15th century. It was founded as a convent in the first half of the 16th century. Its main doorway is Plateresque in style and the other one is in Gothic Florid style and is framed by a Florence arch. Inside, the church has just one aisle still keeping some important stylistic fragments from the 16th century. Today it houses an exhibition of Sacred Art. 6Callejón de las Monjas You are on the other side of the Church, that place where you are is the street of the nuns, a street that you will not be able to stop photographing…6Convent of the Mercedarian Nuns Follow your tour through Marqués de Torresoto street, and in the background you have the Convent of the Mercedarian Nuns, the last remaining cloistered convent in Arcos, founded in 1642. They make some delicious cookies that you can buy through the lathe at the entrance. 7Maldonado street The side street to the convent, Maldonado street, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful along the route. In the background you will see another jewel such as the Saint Peter´s Church, come in and enjoy this mystical place. But on the way, stop to enjoy the Artistic Nativity Scene, it is a work of art made by a Nativity Scene Association. 8Saint Peter´s Church The Saint Peter´s Church is the next one you will find walking down this street. It was built on the remains of an Arab fortress in the s. XIV. Its façade is in baroque-style from the s. XVIII. Ver Horarios. 9Palace-House of “ Mayorazgo” In front of the Church, the Palace-House of “ Mayorazgo”. It was built in the 17th century. Its magnificent façade is herreriana in style. Inside, it is worth highlighting the beautiful columnar patios. It houses the House of Culture and different exhibitions. Vamos a comer algo Maybe it’s time to eat something, because I assure you that here you will lose track of time, so you can make a stop to regain your strength. In this area there are many places where you can enjoy the gastronomy of the area with a quality offer. Ver Restaurantes10Mirador Abades Con energías renovadas, continuamos nuestra visita por la parte trasera de la iglesia de San Pedro y llegarás al mirador de Abades desde donde tienes una vista espectacular de la zona más baja del pueblo, el río, la Iglesia de San Agustín, restos la Puerta de Matrera, el embalse y la montaña que ves al fondo, la Sierra de Grazalema. ¡Bésame! No olvides cumplir con el mandato indicado a la entrada del mirador…BESAME EN ESTE ARCO… ¡¡¡FOTOOO!!! 11Iglesia de San Agustín Deshaz tus pasos y vuelve a subir la calle abades. Continúa por la cuesta del Socorro que te llevará a la Iglesia de San Agustín, un lugar mágico que guarda una de las imágenes más veneradas de Arcos, el Nazareno. Entra en la iglesia y siente el corazón del antiguo Arcos. Ya en el exterior, asómate al mirador con vistas al lago y a la peña vieja. 12Puerta de Matrera Sigue la calle abajo y darás con la única puerta que queda en pie de las 3 que tuvo la ciudad en la época árabe, la Puerta de Matrera y los restos de la antigua muralla. Aquí empieza el barrio de María Auxiliadora; quizás puedas bajar otro día, ver la iglesia, conocer el convento de la Caridad de estilo colonial, o el puente de San Miguel… pero hoy te invitamos a dar media vuelta y conocer el fabuloso tejido laberíntico de las calles y callejas de Arcos; perderte, encontrarte, hacer una foto, una parada, respirar profundo y enamorarte de este lugar mágico con sabor a pueblo, borracho de cal, salpicado de rejas…PUEBLO BLANCO.