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Carrión de los Céspedes

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Carrión de los Céspedes, in the Alcarayón Valley 

Come and discover this charming Aljarafe town, located in the Alcarayón Valley, whose stream has an Arabic name. Here you will enjoy a remarkable architectural and artistic heritage. This town is most famous for its handmade Manila shawls. 

Like other Aljarafe towns, the pilgrimage to the Shrine to Our Lady of Rocío, celebrated every year, is among its traditions. It has one of the oldest confraternities in the region. Las Candelarias takes place in February and the festival in honour of the patron saint, the Virgen de Consolación, is in June. Tostón de sardinas is the signature dish of its festivals. Other delicacies are guisado de las brujas and habas cochas. Specialities that, together with the great variety of tapas offered by its bars, make it part of the Aljarafe Gastronomic Route.

Now, all you need to come and discover it. 


Getting to Carrión de los Céspedes

If travelling by car from Seville, the fastest route is the A-49 motorway, and then take exit 28 towards the SE-637 to reach your destination.

If you want to travel by train from Seville, medium distance trains run from Santa Justa Station.

The Metropolitan Bus Consortium runs the following route: Seville–Bormujos–Huévar del Aljarafe–Carrión de los Céspedes, ending in Castilleja del Campo.


Getting around

The best way to discover Carrión de los Céspedes is to stroll through its streets. You can also hike in its natural surroundings or, if you like, bring your bike with you. 


Reasons to visit

  • Visit the 15th-century San Martín Church with its noteworthy neoclassical high altar.
  • Stroll through the Plaza de la Constitución, the soul and centre of the town where everyone meets to socialise and celebrate its festivals.
  • Walk around the Plaza del Indiano to understand why it was given that name. 
  • Are you an El Rocío devotee? In May, the locals set out on their traditional pilgrimage to Almonte.
  • Go to the shops to buy or admire the beautiful Manila shawls made here.
  • Try the tostón de sardinas, a traditional dish prepared during Candlemas in February. 


What to see 

Start your visit at the Plaza de la Constitución in the town centre. Surrounded by historical buildings and orange trees, the locals gather here to celebrate their traditional festivals. The Town Hall, a noteworthy building itself, is also here. 

Head down Calle Monge Bernal until you reach the San Martín Church, home to a sculpture of the patron saint, St Martin of Tours. This building was purpose-built to provide the parishioners with a spacious temple to venerate the saint. Out of all the valuable gold and silver artefacts the church holds, the 18th-century silver chalice is the most treasured.

Opposite the church, and just two minutes away, is the Plaza del Indiano where you can relax. The square is named after a seafarer called Joaquín Galeano de Paz who set out to seek his fortune in the Americas. Do you think he succeeded?

Lastly, on Calle Miguel de Cervantes you will come across the Shrine to Nuestra Señora de Consolación, where this patron saint is worshipped. Take your time and admire this beautiful place.


Places to visit

  1. Shrine to Nuestra Señora de Consolación
  2. San Martín Parish Church
  3. Plaza de la Constitución 
  4. Plaza del Indiano
  5. Town Hall


Surroundings

Carrión de los Céspedes is 34 kilometres from Seville, in the west of Aljarafe. The Arroyo del Alcarayón flows through its natural surroundings. The municipal district borders the towns of Castilleja del Campo, Huévar and Pilas.

Comarca
Aljarafe
Extension
6.00 Km²
Altitude
99.00 m
No. of inhabitants
2.500
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