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Aznalcázar, in the heart of Doñana

If there is one town that still preserves the name coined by the Arabs, it is Aznalcázar. Its name was ‘Hazn-al-cazar,’ the high fortress, first founded by the Romans as a defensive bastion between the Guadalquivir marshlands and the Sevillian Aljarafe. It enjoys a privileged location, in the heart of Doñana National Park, 15,000 hectares of which have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The combination of architectural remains and everyday life gives a unique charm to this Sevillian town. An example of this is the Arco de la Pescadería, the ancient entrance to the walled city which is now a passageway between houses. What is truly amazing is the pine-covered landscape washed by the Guadiamar Green Corridor. Thousands of pilgrims cross the famous Vado del Quema ford every May to attend the El Rocío Pilgrimage.

A unique place that you will love for its nature, location and history. Come and discover Aznalcázar.


Getting to Aznalcázar

The A-49 motorway, which links Seville with Huelva is the best way to reach Aznalcázar by road. At the Benacazón exit, take the bypass towards the A-473 road leading directly to Aznalcázar.

Buses run regularly throughout the day to Aznalcázar from Plaza de Armas Bus Station in Seville.

If you go by train, take the C5 line from Seville to Benacazón Station, from where you can take a bus or taxi to Aznalcázar, which is 10 kilometres away.


Getting around

Aznalcázar offers hiking routes along the Guadiamar Green Corridor. If you enjoy sports, you can also explore the natural landscape by bike or on horseback.

A stroll through its streets is the best way to learn about its historical heritage. Only then will you discover the hidden charms in its beautiful nooks and crannies.


Reasons to visit

  • Explore the amazing landscape of Doñana Natural Park and find out about its unique flora and fauna at José Antonio Valverde Visitor Centre.
  • To discover the nooks and crannies in this town, walk through the Arco de la Pescadería and find the four crosses that welcome visitors.
  • Be a pilgrim for a day at Vado del Quema ford, where thousands of pilgrims cross the river every May to get to the Shrine of El Rocío.
  • Enjoy the revuelto de gurumelos, traditional mushrooms from the Aznalcázar pine forest.
  • Go to a wine cellar and taste a homemade liqueur made from grapes, strawberries and local fruits.
  • Admire the sculpture in honour of Working Women.
  • Climb the Cerro del Alcázar to enjoy some unique views of the Guadiamar Green Corridor.


What to see 

You can enjoy both historical heritage and natural surroundings at Aznalcázar. It is privileged to be located within Doñana Natural Park, surrounded by invaluable nature.

To find out more about the surroundings, visit both the José Antonio Valverde Visitor Centre and the Guadiamar Green Corridor. At the latter, you can see the river’s course and the lush forest it flows through, as well as an ancient Roman bridge. However, if you want to experience nature first-hand, you can walk the Buitrago Botanic Park trail. You will feel the freshness of its abundant greenery while relaxing at the barbecue and picnic area.

Another option is to experience the charm of the town centre. Don’t forget to walk through the Arco de la Pescadería, the old entrance to the fortress. The ‘Arquillo’ is one of the most picturesque spots in Aznalcázar. This will take you to Cerro del Alcázar, the upper section of the town, where there are a few remains of the castle. The best part is the views.

If you are passionate about art, you can see works by Martínez Montañés and Zurbarán in San Pablo Church. It is the oldest and most important church in the town and still preserves the Arab tower. To finish your visit, we recommend that you relax at Fuente Vieja Park, where the 18th century tiled fountain and its viewpoint are great attractions for visitors.


Places to visit

  1. Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación Chapel
  2. Nuestro Padre Jesús Chapel
  3. 17th-century Casa Grande, now the Town Hall
  4. San Pablo Parish Church
  5. Arquillo de la Pescadería
  6. Guadiamar Green Corridor Protected Park and Buitrago Botanical Garden
  7. Cerro del Alcázar, leisure and recreation park
  8. Roman bridge
  9. Fuente Vieja Park and Fountain
  10. Four historic crosses located at the town’s entrances
  11. Vado del Quema
  12. Aznalcázar’s pine forests and recreation areas. One of the most ecologically highly sensitive areas in the province of Seville
  13. José Antonio Valverde Visitor Centre at Doñana National Park
  14. Guadiamar Visitor Centre


Surroundings

Aznalcázar is only 27 kilometres from Seville. The town has a privileged location inside Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Guadiamar River, a tributary of the River Guadalquivir, flowing through its lands. The main crops are olives and stone fruits, like nectarines and peaches.

Comarca
Guadalquivir-Doñana
Extension
449.80 Km²
Altitude
66.00 m
No. of inhabitants
4.495
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