Discover a region whose towns boast a rich culture and history. The landscape in La Campiña is characterised by flat fields of olive groves and crops. These groves produce the extra virgin olive oil that has won the most awards in the province of Seville, earning it the Estepa Designation of Origin.
La Campiña is made up of 19 towns of great historical value. The large towns of Carmona, Osuna, Écija, Estepa and Utrera stand out for their architectural heritage and have been declared Historic-Artistic Sites. Follow in the footsteps of the romantic writer Washington Irving, who fell in love with Andalusia’s La Campiña, often using it as a setting for his books. Alternatively, follow the Route of the Castles to learn about the region’s medieval past. This will take you to the fascinating Alcalá de Guadaíra Castle, La Monclova Castle in Fuentes de Andalucía and Los Molares Castle, the latter of which becomes the venue for the town’s annual medieval market.
Enjoy the rural cuisine, accompanied by the famous local bread. Visit the various convents and try the confectionery made by the nuns, as well as the internationally renowned mantecados from Estepa. Experience Holy Week in the different towns and admire the precious Renaissance and baroque sculptures, which are iconic throughout the province. Discover the tradition of confraternities listening to the music played by their centuries-old bands.
This region is also the birthplace of Sevillian flamenco from where many of Spain’s all-time great singers come from. Pepe Marchena, Antonio Mairena, La Niña de la Puebla, La saga de los Pavones, Bambino and Enrique Montoya are just some of the artists born in Seville’s La Campiña.
This region has mild winters and sweltering hot summers, the hottest in the Iberian Peninsula. Most of La Campiña receives over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Annual rainfall is scarce, ranging from 500 mm to 700 mm.
The region of La Campiña is the largest in the province of Seville, characterised by fields of olive groves and cereal crops. La Campiña is located in the central and eastern part of the province and comprises of densely populated towns with great historical significance. It also has a wide variety of animals, especially livestock and birds. Do not miss the Lantejuela Endorheic Complex, a protected area where you can watch the white-headed duck, considered an endangered species. Visit also the Oromana Natural Park, a protected area, and Los Alcores Greenway.
The A-92 motorway runs through La Campiña, connecting Seville with Málaga, Granada and Almería. Further north is the N-4 motorway that connects Seville with Córdoba.
By train, the C1 Cercanías line from Seville stops in the town of Utrera. There are also medium-distance lines that connect Seville with Málaga and Almería, stopping at the stations in Arahal, Marchena, Osuna and Pedrera.
If you decide to travel by bus, there are routes from Plaza de Armas and Prado de San Sebastián bus stations in Seville.
Towns such as Osuna, Écija, Alcalá de Guadaíra and Mairena del Alcor all have intercity buses. Still, the best way to explore the heritage of the towns in La Campiña is to take them in on foot. This region also has various routes that are perfect for hiking, cycling or horse riding.
Discover the valuable architectural heritage that the age-old towns in La Campiña have to offer, especially Carmona, Osuna, Écija, Estepa and Utrera, which have been declared Historic-Artistic Sites. If you visit Osuna, do not miss the Collegiate Church, the old quarry popularly known as ‘the Petra of Andalucia’ and Calle San Pedro, recognised by UNESCO as the second most beautiful street in Europe.
Discover the region’s Roman past by strolling through Écija or visiting its Archaeological Museum. Here you will see the ‘Amazona herida’, the only sculpture of its kind in Spain from the 2nd century A.D. Continue exploring the Roman splendour at the Amphitheatre and Necropolis in Carmona.
Follow the Route of the Castles and learn about La Campiña’s medieval past. Find out about this period at Luna Castle in Mairena del Alcor, the Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro and the Parador in Carmona, and the Castles in Alcalá de Guadaíra and Los Molares, among others. Discover also two very recent towns, Cañada Rosal and La Luisiana, created in the 18th century by King Carlos III.
The region has many palaces, convents and churches, a testament to the economic boom of the 16th and 17th centuries. For instance, Utrera is home to the Iglesia de Consolación, where the image of Our Lady of Consolation is venerated. The pilgrimage in her honour was the largest in Spain; however, it was forbidden in the 18th century. There are also other outstanding works such as the oil painting of The Penitent Magdalene by El Greco in Paradas, and nine paintings by the great baroque artist Francisco de Zurbarán in Marchena.
Walk up to the Cerro de San Cristóbal de Estepa to enjoy the best views of La Campiña. There is a viewpoint here popularly known as ‘The Balcony of Andalusia’. Take a stroll through the beautiful streets to discover its valuable heritage. However, if you want to find out more about the splendour of this region during Spain’s Golden Age, head to the Baroque Interpretation Centre in Fuentes de Andalucía.
Given that La Campiña was formerly a land of lordships; each town boasts a rich culture, heritage, history and impressive monuments. Those mentioned here are just some of the gems La Campiña has to offer. Come and discover what more the region has in store.