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Best Seville Towns

While Seville is a city where you never run out of plans, a stroll through the surrounding villages is a great way to complete your visit.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

12 min read

Best Seville Towns

Seville, Spain | © Reinhard Bruckner

Seville is a city with a great tourist attraction and one of the most beautiful in Spain. But the province of Andalusia hides many treasures of great beauty and cultural interest that deserve to be visited.

If you have a few extra days in the city of Seville or if you are thinking of making a different itinerary, here I propose a list of 10 villages near Seville that you can not miss this vacation. Will you join me?

1. Carmona

Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro| ©Enrique RG
Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro| ©Enrique RG

Carmona is the most popular town around the city of Seville due to its artistic and cultural heritage. In fact, its historic center was declared of Cultural Interest thanks to its countless churches, walls and ancient palaces.

Carmona is only half an hour from the city of Seville and really seems to have it all. It is located on top of a hill, which gave it great strategic importance in ancient times. Therefore, the history of this Sevillian town is marked by several civilizations, which were leaving their marks and creating a completely unique urban style. Just walking through its streets you can identify Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style houses and you can find ruins from Roman times.

There is a lot to see and do in Carmona during your visit, but you can't miss the Alcazar del Rey Don Pedro, an imposing fortress of Arab origin, the Roman Necropolis and the old Jewish quarter of the city.

Carmona is a charming city of narrow streets, typical of Andalusian architecture, but with centuries of history to discover in each of its corners.

Data of interest

  • Distance from Seville: 35 kilometers.
  • How to get there:
    By bus: the companies Monbus and Socibus make the trips in 30 minutes and the price of the ticket goes from 3€ per section.
    By car: it will take you only 30 minutes.
  • You will like...: it has a great mix of cultures and an incomparable architecture.

Book an excursion to Carmona and the necropolis from Seville

2. Marchena

Puerta de Morón, Marchena| ©migue_lezl
Puerta de Morón, Marchena| ©migue_lezl

Marchena is another wonderful Sevillian town that you can not miss on your way through Andalusia. It is located just 60 kilometers from Seville and you can find ancient ruins and religious heritage that are worth your visit.

The particularity of the town of Marchena is that its historic center is located between walls that are preserved from medieval times, which you can enter from two large gates that will transport you back in time: the Puerta de Sevilla, also called Arco de la Rosa, and the Puerta del Morón.

In addition, the streets of Marchena are an open-air museum. Do not miss the facades, balconies and doors of its houses and mansions of the eighteenth century. Its squares and fountains are a work of art, so take the opportunity to take some original photographs.

Marchena is beautiful in every corner, but the undisputed jewel of this town is the sacristy of the church of San Juan Bautista that contains a gallery with paintings by Zurbarán. The paintings of this renowned Spanish painter have been exhibited in New York, Amsterdam or Paris, so you can imagine the quality and artistic level of his work.

To crown your visit to Marchena, do not forget to go up to the viewpoint of the tower of the Puerta de Carmona. The views from there are very nice and you can witness a sunset like few others.

Interesting facts

  • Distance from Seville: 62 kilometers.
  • How to get to Marchena:
    By train: you can get to Marchena by train, from Sevilla San Bernardo station. The ticket price starts at 8€ per section and the trip takes about 50 minutes.
    By bus: the bus service of the company Monbus makes the trip from Seville to Marchena in about 1 hour and the ticket price starts at 4€ per section.
    By car: the trip will take about 45 minutes.
  • You will like...: its well-preserved walls and its artistic heritage.

3. Santiponce

Roman Theater of Santiponce| ©alejandro rodriguez
Roman Theater of Santiponce| ©alejandro rodriguez

The area in and around Seville was an important settlement region of the Roman Empire. If you are a history buff, I recommend you not to overlook all that Santiponce has to offer.

Just 13 kilometers from the city of Seville, this town attracts thousands of tourists every year, as it is home to the famous ruins of Italica, an ancient city founded in 200 BC.

Going to Italica from Seville is very easy and will allow you to discover this incredibly preserved ancient city, which includes an amphitheater, walls and different dwellings of the time. You can also hire a guided tour, the best way to discover this unique site in the region of Andalusia.

The old town of Santiponce is quite picturesque. In fact, some chapters of the Game of Thrones series were filmed here. You can also visit the monastery of San Isidoro del Campo, founded in the thirteenth century and with a completely imposing architecture.

Interesting facts

  • Distance from Seville: 13 kilometers.
  • How to get there:
    By bus: Damas autobuses makes this route in only 15 minutes and the ticket price starts at 2€ per section.
    By car: it will take you only 10 minutes to do this tour.
    By guided tour: this is definitely the best option to visit Santiponce and the ruins of Italica from Seville. The price of a guided day tour starts at 30€.
  • You will like...: its great Roman ruins.

Book a tour to the ruins of Italica from Seville

4. Aznalcázar

Park Entrance| ©Richard Crook
Park Entrance| ©Richard Crook

If you are thinking of visiting Doñana from Seville, surely you have heard of the village of Aznalcázar.

On the banks of the Guadiamar River, this small village serves as the starting point for a visit to the Doñana National Park, one of the largest ecological reserves in Europe. This territory is of great importance, as it is home to many endangered species and is a key environment for the migratory movement of many birds. I recommend you to take a guided 4x4 tour through this unique area of Andalusia, where you will make a tour of all the corners and you will get to know another wild side of the villages of Seville.

Besides being able to enjoy the tranquility, the village also has historic buildings such as the Church of San Pablo and even the remains of an ancient Roman Bridge. If you are fond of nature and archeology, do not hesitate to include Aznalcázar in your visit to Seville.

Interesting facts

  • Distance from Seville: 33 kilometers.
  • How to get there:
    By bus: Damas autobuses makes this route in 40 minutes and the ticket price starts at 3€ per section.
    By car: it will take you only 30 minutes to do this tour.
    By guided tour: this is definitely the best option to visit Doñana for the day. The price of a guided tour starts at 70€.
  • You will like...: if you like nature and archeology.

Book a guided tour of the Doñana National Park

5. Osuna

GOT Filming Center in Osuna| ©DAMIAN CORRIGAN
GOT Filming Center in Osuna| ©DAMIAN CORRIGAN

Osuna is considered by many as one of Seville's towns par excellence. This town is located 80 kilometers from Seville and 100 kilometers from Malaga, making it a perfect stop on a driving tour of Andalusia. Osuna is a town with a long history, which stands out mainly for being full of imposing baroque palaces and stately homes, which I recommend you visit on your way through the town.

Although always a recommended destination for its cultural and architectural richness, in recent years it has gained great popularity due to its appearance in the series Game of Thrones.

This town is divided into two very different parts: the lower part, where you can visit some squares, spectacular streets such as San Pedro and very beautiful facades; and the upper part, where you will find very important monuments such as the Convent of the Incarnation andthe Collegiate Church.

Osuna also hides a very special secret destination: the Coto de las Canteras. This site is also called the "Petra of Andalusia", since you can contemplate a majestic stone front carved with incredible details.

Interesting facts

  • Distance from Seville: 88 kilometers.
  • How to get to Osuna:
    By train: you can get to Osuna by train, from Sevilla San Bernardo station. The ticket price starts at 10€ per section and the trip takes about an hour and 15 minutes.
    By bus: Monbus makes this trip in 1 hour and 15 minutes and the ticket price starts at 6€ per leg.
    By car: it will take you one hour.
  • You will like...: if you like ancient ruins and architecture.

6. Steppe

Church of San Sebastian| ©Visit Estepa.com
Church of San Sebastian| ©Visit Estepa.com

Estepa isthe Sevillian town that smells like cinnamon. And you are probably wondering why. The fame of the town of Estepa is mainly due to its confectionery industry of mantecados and polvorones. In fact, this town is the first producer in Spain of this type of Christmas sweets and many tourists visit the town every year to visit factories such as La Colchona or La Estepeña.

But beyond its gastronomy, Estepa also has a lot of history to know and monuments to visit. Its 3,000 years of history have left a very valuable legacy such as its ancient fortress and the Victoria tower, one of the greatest symbols of Estepa and where you will get wonderful views of the town and the countryside of Seville.

Other interesting buildings worth visiting are the Church of San Sebastian, the Church of Santa Maria and the Convent of Santa Clara, which were declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1965.

But the biggest prize undoubtedly goes to the famous Balcony of Andalusia, a viewpoint located at the top of the Cerro de San Cristobal that will leave you speechless.

Estepa is located 110 kilometers from the capital of Andalusia and is one of the places you should include in your next itinerary through the villages of Seville.

Interesting facts

  • Distance from Seville: 110 kilometers.
  • How to get to Osuna:
    By train: you can get to Osuna by train, from Sevilla Santa Justa station. The ticket price starts at 25€ per section and the trip takes about an hour and 30 minutes.
    By bus: Monbus makes this trip in 1 hour and 45 minutes and the ticket price starts at 8€ per leg.
    By car: it will take you one hour.
  • You will like...: if you like good views and local gastronomy.

7. Ecija

Benamejí Palace| ©Rafael Cejudo Martinez
Benamejí Palace| ©Rafael Cejudo Martinez

Ecija is a Sevillian town located 85 kilometers from the Andalusian capital, recognized for the perfect preservation of its baroque style architecture. The so-called "City of Towers" is located on the banks of the Genil River and is a wonderful place for those who wish to learn a little more about the Roman and Phoenician past of the region.

Walking through the streets of Ecija means delighting your eyes with ancient churches with incredible facades, visiting convents and squares that are historical relics. Do not miss a visit to the Convent of the Barefoot, the Santa Cruz Church or the Palma Palace House.

In addition, the Benamejí Palace contains perfectly preserved mosaics and the famous statue of the Wounded Amazon. A visit not to be missed for those curious or art lovers.

Sevillian traditions are very present in Ecija, which makes it an ideal stop if you want to enjoy a flamenco show or witness the old stud farms, equestrian heritage of the Andalusian region.

Interesting facts

  • Distance from Seville: 85 kilometers.
  • How to get there:
    By bus: Damas autobuses makes this route in one hour and the ticket price starts at 5€ per section.
    By car: it will take you only 50 minutes to do this tour.
  • You will like...: if you want to know more about flamenco and Sevillian horses.

8. Utrera

Getting to know Utrera| ©Caroline Cooke
Getting to know Utrera| ©Caroline Cooke

Utrera is a town you must visit if you want to go back to the true origins of Andalusian flamenco. Only 30 kilometers from the city of Seville, you will find this town of 50,000 inhabitants where you can delve even deeper into the customs and traditions of this Spanish region.

The town of Utrera is also famous for the breeding of the fighting bull and the horses of the Andalusian region. It is a place of complete reference for those who are fond of these themes.

But besides this, visiting Utrera is a worthwhile experience just to enjoy the beauty of its historic center, also declared of Cultural Interest, and its characteristic white streets.

If you take a stroll through Utrera, don't miss taking a look at the Plaza del Altozano, the busiest urban space and meeting center for all its inhabitants. Here you can see a little of the local life of the town, which also houses in its interior remains of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

But the star of Utrera is undoubtedly its castle, a legacy of its Arab-influenced past that still preserves some curious fortresses to visit.

As it could not be otherwise, Utrera also has historic churches such as the church of Santiago, and palaces for all tastes such as Vistahermosa or Surga house.

Interesting facts

  • Distance from Seville: 33 kilometers.
  • How to get there:
    By train: you can get to Marchena by train, from Sevilla San Bernardo station. The ticket price starts at 5€ per section and the trip takes about 20 minutes.
    By bus: Autocares Casal makes this trip in 50 minutes and the ticket price starts at 2€ per section.
    By car: it will take you only 20 minutes to make this trip.
  • You will like...: if you want to know one of the White Villages of Seville and its monuments.

9. Constantina

Constantina Castle| ©Doenjo
Constantina Castle| ©Doenjo

The villages of Seville also offer a dose of nature and tranquility. This is the case of the town of Constantina, a favorite destination of the Sevillians for a getaway and disconnect from the city.

Constantina is located in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla, and its white streets are easily distinguished among the surrounding vegetation. In the center of the town you can find the Castle, located in the middle of a hill that stands out on the horizon and is really a spectacle.

In a normal walk through its streets, you will be surrounded by old stately homes and stupendous mansions. That is why its historic center has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site. I recommend you to visit the Barrio de la Moreríaon your way through Constantina, because here you can immerse yourself in the Muslim past that generates so much contrast with the Spanish culture.

Constantina is a paradise for those who want to go hiking in nature. The Castañar area offers many options for different levels, as well as the Cerro del Hierro.

Finally, do not miss a visit to the church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, which stands out for its tower of no less than 55 meters high.

For all this and much more, do not hesitate to visit Constantina on your way through the city of Seville and its charming villages.

Interesting facts

  • Distance from Seville: 85 kilometers.
  • How to get there:
    By train: you can get to Marchena by train, from Sevilla San Bernardo station. The ticket price starts at 6€ per section and the trip takes about 20 minutes.
    By bus: Autocares Casal makes this trip in 45 minutes and the ticket price starts at 3€ per section.
    By car: it will take you only 20 minutes to make this trip.
  • You will like...: if you like nature, hiking and archeology.

10. Lebrija

Getting to know Lebrija| ©campese
Getting to know Lebrija| ©campese

In the last place of this list of the best villages of Seville, we find Lebrija. This small town is located in the south of the province, bordering the city of Cadiz, which makes it a town with a special atmosphere.

Many tourists visit Lebrija only for the ruins of its 11th century Moorish castle, but just breathing in its local atmosphere and deep-rooted culture makes it worth a visit in itself.

Its historic center is distinguished by its beautiful manor houses and all kinds of religious buildings. But within its walls you can find the hermitage of Santa Maria del Castillo, perfectly preserved Mudejar style, as it was almost not renovated at all since its creation.
Lebrija is famous for hosting the sister of the famous Giralda of Seville: La Giraldilla, which stands out among the relief and white houses, and built in the thirteenth century.

Wine tourism lovers will surely know this Sevillian town for the popular González Palacios winery, whose strategic location on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and only a few kilometers from the sea, make it perfect for the production of the region's white wine. In fact, it is awarded as one of the 1,000 best wines in the world.

Interesting facts

  • Distance from Seville: 66 kilometers.
  • How to get to Marchena:
    By train: you can get to Marchena by train, from Sevilla San Bernardo station. The ticket price starts at 8€ per section and the trip takes about 45 minutes.
    By car: it will take you only 45 minutes to make this trip.
  • You will like...: if you are fond of wine tourism.