If you are thinking of taking a quiet, relaxing break, then Albaida del Aljarafe is the perfect place for you. The town, of Turdetani origin, will awaken your senses thanks to its people, gastronomy, and peaceful streets. It is known for its medium height white houses, olive groves and table olive industry.
In bars, taverns and pubs, you can enjoy the local cuisine based on homemade stews. You must sample the cocido en colorao (chickpea and green bean stew), a speciality, accompanied with a good mosto, the town’s traditional drink.
Due to its proximity to Seville, many people choose Albaida for their first or second home. They can, therefore, enjoy the quality of life offered by this Aljarafe town, which the Arabs called ‘La Blanca’.
The best way to get to Albaida del Aljarafe by road is the A-49 (Seville-Huelva) motorway, taking exit 11 towards Umbrete. After passing through Loreto, continue on roads A-8076 and A-8075 until after Olivares. Then, take the SE-522 road until your destination.
As a small town, it is easy to get around on foot. You also have the option of cycling or hiking through its natural park, while enjoying the fresh air of the countryside.
Start from Plaza de España, where the Town Hall and Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church stand. This hybrid baroque-neoclassical church houses the religious icon most revered by the Albaidejos, the Christ of the Afflicted. Attached to the church is the Oratory of the Confraternity of Solitude. The ornaments of the Lord, hand-embroidered by nuns, are kept here. Other icons much loved by the locals are housed in the Vera Cruz Shrine, a building located opposite the Town Hall.
Close by is La Cilla, the oldest house in the town, and once the priest’s home. It was also used to store grain tithed to Seville.
Don Fadrique Tower is the monument farthest from the centre. Popularly known as ‘Torre Mocha’, it served as a lookout tower to sound the alarm about attacks from the Arab citadel: Solucar Al-bayda, ‘La Blanca’.
End your visit admiring the beauty of the landscape from the Barranca natural balcony. Travel through the area to discover Roman remains, such as the kilns of an ancient brick factory, and the ‘El Pilar’ freshwater fountain. If you still have some energy left, you will find, a few metres away, the Guadiamar Green Corridor, an area of outstanding beauty.
Present-day Albaida is 18 kilometres from Seville, in the tourist region of Aljarafe. The Guadiamar Green Corridor, classified as a Protected Natural Area, is located nearby. Therefore, a variety of nature walks and hiking routes are available in the area.