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El Ronquillo

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El Ronquillo, a small paradise between two rivers

El Ronquillo, a small town surrounded by nature, is only 20 minutes from Seville on the Via de la Plata. The origins of this charming town, nestled between the Huelva and Cala rivers, are as captivating as its surroundings. Here stood the famous Venta El Ronco. The inn was named after its owner’s whose nickname was “Ronco” (hoarse in Spanish). Eventually, the town was given the same name.

This lovely little town has long been a place of retreat and rest for travellers. Although small, it is gorgeous and offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. Hike along the Greenway, fish for carp in Lagos del Serrano, explore its mountains by bike or enjoy the peace of the La Minilla Reservoir. 

Its cuisine is another pleasure with game meat and mushrooms dishes, specialities prepared in all its bars. The friendly and welcoming locals will make you feel at home. 

What are you waiting for? Discover this paradise in the province of Seville, ideal for rural tourism. 


Getting to El Ronquillo

By car, drive along the A-66 motorway, known as Via de la Plata, and take exit 771 towards the N-630 until your destination. 

From Extremadura, take the A-66 and turn off at exit 768 towards El Ronquillo. 

There is no train station at El Ronquillo. However, it can be reached by bus. The Damas bus company regularly runs buses to El Ronquillo from Plaza de Armas bus station in Seville throughout the day. 


Getting around

Since it is a small town, the best way to explore it is on foot. Ride through the surrounding nature on a bike, or hike along its Greenway and discover picture-perfect sunrises. 


Reasons to visit

  • Walk along the El Ronquillo Greenway and discover a dreamlike landscape and the nearby La Minilla Reservoir. 
  • Are you into angling? Try and catch some carp.
  • Discover the history of the Venta del Ronco. 
  • If you go in February, do not miss the Las Candelarias (Candlemas) festival. The locals gather firewood and build bonfires in the streets. The festivities last all night until dawn. The next day, people take bread rings to church to have them blessed. They also seek a blessing to ward off colds. 
  • Sign up for the Andalusian Nordic Walking Championship that takes place near El Ronquillo in March.
  • Celebrate a different kind of Palm Sunday by going to La Fiesta de Los Judas where El Ronquillo’s inhabitants hang and mock effigies of Judas in the streets. 
  • Taste the delicious local cuisine, including venison or wild boar stews, rabbit rice, scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms, and cured meats prepared by the town’s butchers. 
  • In May, do not miss Las Cruces and La Mayordomía, an ancient celebration that has been revived. A young couple is chosen and dressed in traditional attire while the locals sing traditional songs. 


What to see 

Visit this picturesque little town in the province of Seville, and wander along its delightful streets of white houses while learning about its charming historical heritage. The Divino Salvador Church stands in the town centre, on the lively and bustling Plaza de la Constitución. Do not miss its stunning Solomon’s columns. Nearby is the Venta del Ronco, the town’s first building, to which it owes its name. Although part of El Ronquillo’s history, it is today a private home.

Continue to the Plaza de España, where the Town Hall is located. You can see here the original road –A-630– that once connected Seville with Mérida and cut through the centre of this town. Many travellers who drove through this route found a resting place. The Shrine to Our Lady of Gracia, surrounded by centenarian pine trees, is five minutes away. The much-loved image of the patron saint of El Ronquillo is housed here. The festivities in her honour are held at the beginning of September. 

Two sculptures pay tribute to long lost local professions: El Cisquero and El Bellotero. These trades were once essential for El Ronquillo’s rural economy. El Cisquero, situated at Calle Romero Martel, honours the coal burners who made and sold coal for braziers; and, the Bellotero is in the Plaza Altozano. 

Back at the Plaza de la Constitución, take Calle Cantarranas until the Nature Observation Park to find out about different animal species and the native flora. 

Finally yet importantly, on the outskirts of the town are La Minilla Reservoir and the Greenway, along which you can hike or cycle. At the end of this route is an old train station that is now a restaurant. Why not enjoy a barbecue in its recreational area.


Places to visit

  1. Shrine to Nuestra Señora de Gracia.
  2. Divino Salvador Parish Church.
  3. Plaza de España, 18th century.
  4. Plaza de la Constitución, 15th century.
  5. Venta del Ronco, former 18th-century house.
  6. Monument to El Cisquero.
  7. Monument to El Bellotero.
  8. Nature Observation Park.
  9. El Ronquillo Greenway and La Minilla Reservoir.


Surroundings

El Ronquillo is located in the foothills of Sierra Morena, just 46 kilometres from Seville. The Via de la Plata, one of the oldest roads in Spain, cuts through the town. The Huelva and Cala rivers flow through it, creating spectacular landscapes such as Los Cachones. 

Comarca
La Vía de la Plata
Extension
76.00 Km²
Altitude
352.00 m
No. of inhabitants
1.424
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