A wide variety of tourist attractions awaits you at Villanueva del Río y Minas. This town in Vega del Guadalquivir is an all-round destination. You will be able to enjoy nature, visit a rich historical heritage, practise adventure sports and sample delicious food.
Nestled on the foothills of Sierra Morena, its scenery is impressive. Exploring the trails in the Arenales del Parroso Nature Reserve or canoeing on the River Huéznar are just some of the activities it offers.
You can also discover the Mulva-Munigua Roman city nearby, one of the most extraordinary and beautiful archaeological sites in Spain. The ruins consist of a sanctuary, thermae and a necropolis. This impressive city was, together with Itálica, one of the most significant in the province.
The old mining town of Minas de la Reunión is another relevant historical site. It was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 2002. The working-class neighbourhood and coal mining shafts still remain.
Villanueva del Río and Minas also boasts festivals and traditions. Most locals are devotees of Saint Barbara, the patron saint. The traditional miner’s stew is typically served during these celebrations.
Come to Villanueva del Río y Minas and choose what kind of tourism you like, culinary, adventure, industrial, nature, monuments or leisure. You can choose from a wide variety of options. What do you fancy?
If you travel by car from Seville, take the A-4 motorway to exit 506. Then, take the SE-4107 that links with the SE-4104 at Guadajoz. Once you get to Alcolea del Río, continue on the A-436 and then take the first exit towards the SE-198. You will reach your destination soon after.
This town has a train station. You can take a Medium Distance line or the C3 Cercanías line from Seville. You can also get there by bus from the Plaza de Armas station in Seville.
Walking and discovering its town centre and its natural surroundings is a real pleasure. You can also bring your bike, as the town has bike lanes. Furthermore, there is a countless number of sports and adventure activities to enjoy surrounded by nature.
Start your route at the Santiago el Mayor Church on Calle Nueva. It is home to valuable 16th- and 17th-century gold and silver artefacts. Next to the church are the ruins of what was the Palace of the Marquises of Villanueva.
Visit the former mining town, which is still the most densely populated. In the Blas Infante neighbourhood, you can see the shaft number 5 that is still in perfect conditions. It was used to extract coal from the mines in this area. Noteworthy also are the 19th-century colonial houses, a period of great industrial splendour. Another remarkable building is the Shrine to Saint Barbara, the patron saint of miners. It is located in the north next to the lake. The pilgrimage takes place here in May.
About eight kilometres from the town is the Roman Mulva-Munigua Archaeological Site. This 4th-century BC Roman city has thermae, a forum, remains of houses, a basilica, a necropolis and a sanctuary; its most significant monument.
Finally, why not enjoy some adventure sports? You can canoe on the River Huéznar or go climbing in Arenales del Parroso Nature Reserve. This area offers different routes to explore on foot, by bike or on horse.
Villanueva del Río y Minas is 51 km from Seville in the Guadalquivir-Doñana tourist region, in the Vega Alta del Guadalquivir area. Las Minas de la Reunión, declared a Site of Cultural Interest, and the Mulva-Munigua Archaeological Site are close by.