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Huévar del Aljarafe


Huévar del Aljarafe, little Seville in ancient Al-Andalus

Discover this beautiful town in Seville’s Aljarafe, known as ‘Sevilla la chica’ (Little Seville) in ancient Al-Andalus for its magnificent splendour. The town owes its name to the Arab sheikh Alí Al-Huevar, who ruled these lands. You will witness the rich architectural heritage from that period that remains in Huévar del Aljarafe. 

The mill and the Mudejar doorway of Hacienda de la Motilla, now a symbol of the town, both date from the Arab period. Do not miss the impressive Villavelviestre Palace that still preserves its defensive style although it was restored in the 18th century. Take a stroll through the streets lined with whitewashed houses. Admire the beauty of the Guadiamar Green Corridor and the natural surroundings. This protected environment is the perfect place to go hiking. 

Last but not least, be sure to experience the Huévar del Aljarafe’s festivals, which offer not only plenty of entertainment but also delicious dishes. Come to the San Sebastián Festival in January. The town holds its Fiesta de la Caldereta, the typical local dish. 

Come and visit Huévar del Aljarafe, where culture, traditions and nature await you. 

Getting to Huévar del Aljarafe

If you travel by car from Seville, take the A-49 motorway to exit 23. Follow the SE-639, and you will reach Huévar del Aljarafe in a few minutes. 

The town does not have a train station, but you can take the M-165 bus line from Plaza de Armas Bus Station in Seville. 

Getting around

As Huévar del Aljarafe is a small town, the best way to discover it is on foot. There is also a taxi service. You can also explore the natural surroundings while hiking or cycling.

Reasons to visit

  • Visit the Hacienda del Marqués de La Motilla to admire the very well-preserved old Arabic mill. 
  • Admire the architecture of Villavelviestre Palace, and do not miss its large doorway and defensive circular tower on the corner. 
  • Take a guided tour of the Inés Rosales factory, famous for its traditional tortas de aceite. 
  • Try the caldereta de borrego, a typical local dish. Do not miss the Fiesta de la Caldereta on 20 January in honour of the patron saint, San Sebastián. 
  • If you come during Holy Week, make sure to try torta de hornazo, traditionally eaten on Easter Sunday. 
  • Come in September to the Virgen de la Sangre Pilgrimage, where the town comes together at the holm oak grove on Cortijo Espechilla. Enjoy the evening procession through the streets and the fireworks. 
  • Do you want to commune with nature? Go hiking on the Guadiamar Green Corridor, which passes through the town. You will love the scenery. 

What to see 

Begin your visit at the Plaza de la Motilla, where the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Church is located. This Gothic Mudejar temple has underground passages that were used by the locals to hide during the Muslim-Christian wars. Take a guided tour to learn about this fascinating religious building. 

In this same square stands the Hacienda de la Motilla, with its iconic doorway. It still preserves the Arab mill and the press used for making olive oil. 

Nearby is the 18th-century Villavelviestre Palace. You will be amazed by its medieval defensive architecture, its red brick entrance and the circular tower on the corner, as well as the battlements surrounding the building. 

If you wish to learn about the local industry, head to the Inés Rosales factory find out how their famous tortas de aceite are made. You can also visit Framoliva and learn about olive oil production. 

Last but not least, enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Guadiamar Green Corridor. This protected area is the perfect place to go hiking. 

Places to visit

  1. Hacienda La Motilla
  2. Hacienda Marqués de Villavelviestre
  3. Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Parish Church 
  4. Guadiamar Green Corridor


Huévar del Aljarafe is 28 kilometres from Seville in the Aljarafe region. The natural surroundings are part of the Guadiamar Green Corridor, a protected landscape.

58.00 Km²
67.00 m
No. of inhabitants


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