Explore La Rinconada, a unique town in the Guadalquivir region, which gets its name from the bend of the River Guadalquivir on which it is located. Inhabited since prehistoric times, this town, and its hamlet, San José de La Rinconada, have a rich architectural heritage. The town centre was consolidated with the arrival of the railway in the 1930s. It has grown each year since then owing to increased employment at the local sugar factory.
Visit both areas to get a feel for the people. You cannot understand one without the other. Enjoy the local traditions, festivals and cuisine, shaped by its riverside location. Oranges and extra virgin olive oil are the star products. The landscape of olive and orange groves defines people’s daily life in the Vega del Guadalquivir. This town has the only olive cultivar museum in the world, as well as a perfectly preserved 17th-century oil mill.
Come and discover one of Seville’s most remarkable archaeological and palaeontological findings. Head to Cerro Macareno, an artificial mound that is one of Andalusia’s most significant historical sites.
Visit this town on the River Guadalquivir for an unforgettable experience.
If you travel by car from Seville, take the A-8009 for about 20 minutes until you reach La Rinconada.
If you travel by train, take the C1 and C3 Cercanías lines from Santa Justa Station in Seville. You can also take the M-111, M-112, M-115 and M-124 bus lines run by Seville’s Transport Consortium from Plaza de Armas station.
The best way to discover the town is on foot. If you want to explore the hamlet of San José de La Rinconada, walk down the boulevard that links the two towns. You can also take the intercity buses that run between La Rinconada and the hamlet’s train station.
Alternatively, there is a taxi service, or bring your bike and cycle around the natural surroundings of this riverside town.
Start your visit at the Plaza de España, in the old town. The Town Hall was built in the early 20th century, at the height of the construction boom, for the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition in Seville. The regionalist style architecture of the building was popularised by Aníbal González.
Also in this square is the Nuestra Señora de las Nieves Church, a 15th-century Mudejar temple. Be sure to explore the main altarpiece and other impressive gold- and silverwork artefacts.
Head now to Cerro Macareno, and discover a tell or artificial mound formed from the accumulated archaeological remains of generations of different cultures that have lived in La Rinconada. However, if you want to see the findings from the site, go to the museum in the hamlet of San José de La Rinconada.
If you come by car, it will take about eight minutes. Alternatively, if you walk, it will take just under an hour. There is also an intercity bus. The Museum of Archaeology and Palaeontology is located at Calle Vereda de Chapatales. It is divided into three thematic rooms: one with artefacts such as oil lamps and bowls; another with fossils and bones used as weapons; and the last one dedicated to the history of the site.
Last but not least, take a break in El Majuelo Peri-urban Park, where you can use the picnic area to enjoy a barbecue. While there, also visit the Environmental Education Centre to learn about the local flora and fauna. The town also has two other important parks: Dehesa Boyal and Las Graveras.
La Rinconada is barely 16 kilometres from Seville in the Guadalquivir-Doñana tourist region. The town is located on the left bank of the Guadalquivir. It gets its name from the angle formed by the river at the bend.