Would you like to enjoy a unique landscape and discover a place teeming with history? If so, you must come to Gerena, a charming town on the Vía de la Plata where remains from different eras coexist. You will discover traces from the past ranging from ruins of a Paleochristian Basilica to an enormous abandoned quarry. The granite quarrying was the economic driver of this town from Roman times until the early 20th century. A trade that has been recognised with the Monumento al Cantero.
This town between La Campiña and Sierra Morena is also an ideal place for hiking or cycling. Take one of the many routes available and discover its natural environment, including, the most beautiful one that runs along the River Guadiamar.
You will be captivated by the vast fields, with famous haciendas where fighting bulls graze. Gerena has always been a land of bullfighters, the birthplace of famous toreros, such as the Campuzano dynasty.
This town has much more to offer -cuisine, festivals, traditions...
What are you waiting for to discover Gerena?
If you travel by car from Seville, the quickest route is the SE-30 ring road. Take exit 795 to enter the A-66 and then the A-477 that will take you to your destination.
There are no direct trains to Gerena. If you prefer to travel by bus, take the Sevilla-Camas-Gerena-Aznalcóllar line run by the Metropolitan Transport Consortium from the Plaza de Armas Bus Station.
The best way to discover Gerena is to stroll through its streets and visit its monuments. You can also enjoy the hiking, horse riding and cycling trails.
Start your tour at the Town Hall, a beautiful building in the Plaza de la Constitución. Take Calle la Iglesia to the Inmaculada Concepción Parish Church. While you stroll, you can admire the houses, some of which are typical cortijo-style buildings.
Continue along the same street, and you will come across the Roman wall and the 17th-century Fuente de los Caños. Head towards Calle Tartessos until you reach the San Benito Abad Chapel, currently the headquarters of the Confraternity of the Vera Cruz. Just 10 minutes away, on Calle Federico García Lorca, are the ruins of the Paleochristian Basilica, the oldest in Andalusia.
Your next tour starts at the Monumento al Cantero, in honour of quarry workers. Head north for about 5 minutes until you reach the Museo del Cantero, where you can learn about the history of this trade, the economic driver of Gerena until the mid-20th century. Make your way up to the Cantera Viewpoint and enjoy stunning views of the old granite quarry.
Last but not least, hike on a trail and visit Gerena's famous haciendas. Some have horse-riding routes or you can simply admire the bulls.
You can also take a guided tour of Las Cruces Mine, an open-pit copper mine that is still operational. The visit is organised by the mining company.
Gerena is 27 kilometres from Seville in the Vía de la Plata tourist region. Its municipal district borders Seville's La Campiña and Sierra Morena regions.