La Campana, a town in Seville’s La Campiña, still preserves its customs and traditions. You will see many household items made from palm leaves. Indeed, palm-leaf crafts were once the bedrock of the local economy, along with agriculture, primarily the production of olive oil and table olives, an industry that even now exist in the area.
Surrounded by olive groves, fields of grain and livestock farms, La Campana is an ideal destination if you need to unwind from everything. The town’s character is strongly influenced by its rural surroundings. You will find friendly and welcoming people who will make you feel at home. A stroll through its peaceful streets, lined with typical mansions of the Andalusian gentry, is a pleasant experience. These buildings, together with the churches, form part of the town’s heritage.
The most anticipated local event is the Pilgrimage in honour of Our Lady of Fátima, which takes place in May. The whole town participates in the festivities. Try to come during this event for an unforgettable experience. Be sure to try the empanada de azúcar y canela, a typical, local handmade pastry.
Pack your bags and escape to La Campana. What are you waiting for?
If you are travelling by car from Seville, take the A-4 motorway until exit 482. Enter the A-456 and continue until you reach your destination.
There is no train station, but you can travel by bus from Plaza de Armas Bus Station in Seville.
Start your visit at the central Plaza de Andalucía, where you will find Santa María la Blanca Church. It is a symbol of the town with its two asymmetrical towers. On one side is the Evangelio door, built to allow the Marquises of Villanueva to enter the church from their palace across the street. Interestingly, the Marquises never went to La Campana.
The 14th-century sculpture of the Our Lady of Consolation, the oldest in the town, is found in this church. San Nicolás de Tolentino, the patron saint of the town, presides the main altarpiece. The temple is also home to the Cristo de la Vera Cruz. It was brought here from Seville in 1616 on the shoulders of the bell-ringers.
As you continue along Calle Larga, you can admire La Campana’s typical beautiful mansions. San Lorenzo Church is a four-minute walk away. This chapel is famous for the remarkable plasterwork of the altar and its dome, used to illustrate some art books.
A few metres away is another outstanding religious building, San Sebastian Convent. Although the Franciscan Order abandoned the temple in 1833, its artistic value is priceless.
Finally, Atalaya Park is on the town’s outskirts. You can spend time in the picnic area or walk along its trails if you still have the energy.
La Campana is about 59 kilometres from Seville, in the heart of the La Campiña region. Its natural surroundings consist of cereal fields, olive groves and livestock farms. The district is bordered by the River Gamonal to the west and the River Santa Marina to the east.