On your trip to Écija, you will see from a distance why it is popularly known as the City of Towers. Eleven towers stand out against the urban landscape, each from a different church in the town. Its invaluable architectural heritage, with over ten palaces, seven convents and five museums, has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site.
Founded by the Romans under Emperor Augustus with the name of Astigi, it never lost its grandeur. You will be amazed by the endless number of archaeological remains you will see scattered along its beautiful streets. This includes the fountain where, according to legend, Paul of Tarsus evangelised the Astigitans. Experience the day-to-day life of its people at El Salon, Plaza de España. You can rest in one of the bars under the medieval arcades, while enjoying a tapa of traditional espinacas labradas. Or, walk along the riverbank of the Genil riding a purebred Spanish horse from one of the five stud farms in Écija. This is why the town is also known as the City of the Horse.
Heavily marked by the scorching sun of La Campiña, its baroque history and its love for horses, Écija invites you to discover a unique ancestral city.
If you are driving from Seville, Huelva or Cádiz, take the A-4 motorway towards Córdoba until the exit to Écija. Use the same motorway if you are coming from Córdoba and Jaén.
From Málaga, Granada and Almería, take the A-92 motorway to Osuna and from there, drive along the A-351 road which leads directly to Écija.
The closest train station is in the Cordovan town of Palma del Río, just 27.19 kilometres from Écija. From there, you can take a taxi or a bus to get to your destination.
Buses operated by the ALSA bus company run regularly from Prado de San Sebastián Bus Station in Seville.
Stroll through the beautiful and historical streets of Écija. You can also take the city bus, known locally as ‘el Trompo’ to get around the city. There is also a taxi service available. Another option is to take a horse riding route through the natural landscape or rent a bike.
You will learn a lot about the origins of our history in Écija. Founded by Emperor Augustus, Astigi is one of the oldest cities in southern Spain. Its heritage was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1966. Roman remains, palaces and baroque temples can be found everywhere, crowned with majestic towers, which have made the city famous.
The Tourism Office offers guided tours to churches and stately homes. The tour includes visits to interesting places such as Santa María Church, which has a museum with a collection of prehistoric, Roman and Arab remains in the courtyard, and Santa Cruz Church, with a palaeo-Christian sarcophagus with Greek inscriptions. But, undoubtedly, Santiago Church is the most elegant church in Andalusia. On this tour of the religious buildings, Don’t forget to try the bizcochos marroquíes, delicious Astigitan pastries made at Santa Florentina Convent, during the religious building tour.
The historic centre revolves around the Plaza de España, known to everyone as El Salón. It houses the Town Hall and buildings with medieval arcades. Under the square is a public car park where one can see remains of the ancient Roman city. From El Salón, you can walk down Calle de Abajo to the fountain which, according to legend, Paul of Tarsus used to christen the Astigitans.
You will discover unexpected gems as you walk through the beautiful alleys, including the Arch of Bethlehem, an interesting altar in the middle of Calle Virgen de la Piedad. You will love the façades of the palaces and stately homes, some of which are open to the public. Highlights include the Palace of Justice, inspired by the Alhambra, Peñaflor Palace, with the longest balcony in Andalusia, and Benamejí Palace, now home to the Archaeological Museum. The museum is home to one of the four Roman marble sculptures of the Amazona herida that exist in the world.
Finish your visit at one of the stud farms to see how the Spanish purebred horses are bred. Why not take a horse ride through La Campiña. If you are feeling adventurous, you can go canoeing and rafting in the River Genil. The Vía Verde Route is also a good option for hiking or cycling.
Écija is nestled in the Genil Valley to the east of the province, about 88 kilometres from Seville. To the northwest, it borders the province of Córdoba, to the south with the Sevillian Sierra Sur region and to the west with Carmona. Its flat fields of cereal, barley, sunflower and olive crops are worthy of note.