Visiting Seville’s La Campiña is an absolute delight. Estepa will captivate you with the sweet scent of cinnamon. An aroma that comes from its traditional mantecado and polvorón factories, which have given the town its well-deserved international fame.
This town of mantecados stretches down from Cerro de San Cristóbal, its highest point, crowned by its fortified compound. Here began its fascinating history, which combined with its rich heritage has led Estepa to be declared a Historic-Artistic Site.
Its extra virgin olive oil is another claim to fame of this unique town. An age-old traditional industry that produces a top-quality oil with an unmistakable flavour that has earned it the first Designation of Origin of Seville.
Discover this town in the heart of Andalusia and fall in love with its excellent cuisine, historical beauty and the charm of its people. Enjoy the unique sensory experience in the magical Sevillian town of Estepa.
By car, the A-92 motorway will take you directly to Estepa. Three bus companies –Grupo Valenzuela, Alsa and Autocares Carrera– regularly run from Seville to Estepa throughout the day.
By train, the nearest station is Pedrera or Puente Genil-Herrera. You can take a bus from either station to your destination.
Your best option is to stroll through Estepa’s streets and discover its charms. The Tourist Office offers guided tours about its history and heritage, as well as the mantecado and oil industries.
Every monument, factory or street in Estepa has its history and unique charm. Strolling through the old town with its steep and narrow streets is an absolute delight. You will find a picture-perfect spot on Calle de la Libertad where a small statue of the Virgin Mary is housed within an arch. Torralba Street, named after a bandit, is equally beautiful. Ask a local about this surprising legend.
You will next reach La Victoria Tower, an important Baroque structure that has been declared a National Monument. Both the tower and the ruins of the church to which it belonged are invaluable. The Las Angustias neighbourhood in Estepa is also unique. Stroll through this traditional quarter and discover the small Montserrat Chapel inside an old mill tower.
However, you have to climb Cerro de San Cristóbal to understand the origins of this town. You will not only enjoy beautiful views from the Balcony of Andalusia, but you can also visit the ruins of Alcazaba Castle. It is interesting to visit the walled compound, admire the Torre del Homenaje and enter what was once a fortified mosque. Today, it is the Santa María Church, the first Christian church in Estepa, and home to a Museum of Sacred Art.
The Nuestra Señora de Gracia Church and Santa Clara Convent, where the nuns make delicious sweets, are situated nearby. Do not leave without sampling the bienmesabe and learn about how this delicate sweet got its name. Continue through the historical centre and visit its many churches. There are two buildings of significant historical relevance on Calle Castillejo: the Shrine of the Assumption and the Marqués de Cerverales Palace. You must book in advance to visit the latter.
Need a break? Rest at Plaza de Santa Ángela and take in the peaceful atmosphere of the place. Admire the Hermanas de la Cruz Convent, home to nuns that are much loved in this town. Stop at the Coracha neighbourhood as well. The Shrine to Santa Ana is located in its square, rich in history. The traditional Velá is held here every July.
Why not visit the local factories to finish your tour? Stop at a mantecado factory, taste the local wine in one of its two wineries, and capture the essence extra virgin olive oil at the Oleoestepa cooperative.
If nature is your thing, visit the Manantial de Roya, a unique place with hiking routes. Enjoy the fresh air in this Sierra Sur landscape, where you can also spend a day in the countryside with your family.
Estepa, the second-largest urban centre in the region, after Osuna, is located 113 kilometres from Seville. It is part of the Sierra Sur geographical region. Built initially atop Cerro de San Cristóbal, the town has earned the title of “Balcony of Andalusia”. On clear days, you can see Seville, Córdoba and even the peaks of Sierra Nevada from here.