Lebrija, light of the marshlands on the Lower Guadalquivir
Lebrija is one of the most emblematic places of the Lower Guadalquivir. A city among marshlands, vineyards and pottery workshops that proudly stands on the border with the province of Cádiz. Its artistic heritage bears the mark of its Roman and medieval past. Stroll through the streets of ancient Nabrissa and discover its churches and mansions, which blend in with other interesting buildings with traditional architecture. A small tower, the Giraldilla, stands out against the horizon in this beautiful cityscape. It is named for its resemblance to the legendary Sevillian tower.
In this land of potters and great artists, flamenco is one of its most significant hallmarks. The flamenco singer Juan Peña, ‘El Lebrijano’ and the pianist David Peña, ‘Dorantes,’ were born here, giving the town international fame. La Caracolá Lebrijana takes place in summer; a flamenco festival of great importance in Andalusia that has been celebrated for more than 40 years.
Its cuisine is another of Lebrija’s treasures. Sample some of its traditional dishes such as habas corchas, caracoles or ajo refrito. They are best enjoyed with a glass of wine from the local winery, the only designation of origin in the province of Seville.
Experience its festivals, discover its history and enjoy its art. Lebrija, where the Giraldilla proudly flaunts itself against the light of the marshlands.
Getting to Lebrija
To get to Lebrija by car from Seville, take the AP-4 motorway towards Cádiz. At Cabezas de San Juan, take exit 44 to the A-471 road until your destination.
If you travel by train, the C1 commuter line from Seville regularly runs throughout the day to Las Cabezas de San Juan and Lebrija. If travelling by bus, the Los Amarillos Bus Company operates buses from Prado de San Sebastián Bus Station in Seville.
The best option to experience Lebrija’s old town is on foot. Nonetheless, the town has a city bus so you can conveniently get around. Taxi services are also available.
Reasons to visit
- Amaze yourself with the views of Lebrija from the Giraldilla, the tower of Santa María de la Oliva Church. The church itself has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest.
- Experience flamenco in this land of artists in any of its bars or at the ‘Pepe Montaraz’ flamenco club.
- Experience the colour of its streets during the Cruces de Mayo Festival. Learn to dance the ‘corraleras’, which has been declared an event of Andalusian Tourist Interest.
- Learn about local, traditional pottery-making at the Juan Sebastián López workshop or the Cerámica Artística Lebrijana cooperative.
- Don’t forget to sample the caracoles a la lebrijana or habas corchas, both traditional Lebrija dishes.
- Visit the local González Palacios winery and find out why their wine is the only one with the designation of origin in the province of Seville.
- If you want to try something sweet, sample the coronillas or rebaños made by the nuns of La Purísima Concepción Convent.
- Enjoy the festivities in honour of Our Lady of the Castle in September, another major event in Lebrija.
- Go horse riding through its natural surroundings while admiring the beauty of the Guadalquivir Marshlands and the Lebrija-Las Cabezas Lagoon Complex.
What to see
Lebrija’s historical heritage will immerse you in a mix of different periods and styles, underlying the different cultures that existed in this city. You will be impressed by the tower popularly known as the Giraldilla, given its resemblance to the tower of Seville’s cathedral. The Santa María de la Oliva Church, to which it belongs, was built over a former mosque. The church still preserves the Patio de los Naranjos and houses an interesting Museum of Sacred Art.
Opposite the church stands the Cilla del Cabildo, a building restored to house the Casa de la Cultura. Just around the corner is the Casa de Juventud, where you can admire the ruins of the Roman city of Nabrissa. You will now have to gather your strength to climb to the highest point of the town. Here you can see a few remains of the Lebrija Castle, and if you continue walking, you will come to the shrine of the patron saint.
Back at the Giraldilla, and just two minutes away, is the Callejón de las Monjas, the most picturesque corner of the city. Lined with flowerpots and crossed with arches, it is on one side of the Purísima Concepción Convent. Do not miss the coronillas and rebaños, both typical sweets made by the nuns of the convent.
After taking a photo of yourself in this beautiful alleyway, head to Plaza de España. Here you will see the monument to Lebrija-born Elio Antonio de Nebrija, the author of the first Spanish grammar book. Continue along Calle Corredera and go into Santa María de Jesús Parish Church, another historical treasure of the municipality. If you need a break, make a little effort and climb to the Peña viewpoint. You won’t regret it. You will be rewarded with an unforgettable view of Lebrija while you rest.
After the break, continue exploring the city’s monuments and chapels. Don’t forget to try its delicious cuisine. You can finish your visit at the local winery and taste its designation of origin wine. Finally, you can enjoy some outdoor activities such as hiking, horse riding or cycling at the Lebrija-Las Cabezas Lagoon Complex.
Places to visit
- Vera Cruz Chapel
- Nuestra Señora de la Aurora Chapel and Belén Chapel
- Shrine of San Benito
- Shrine of Our Lady of the Castle and the castle ruins
- Nuestra Señora de La Oliva, 'La Giraldilla' tower and Parish Museum
- San Francisco Church
- La Purísima Concepción Convent
- Callejón de 'Las Monjas'
- Cilla del Cabildo, now the Casa de la Cultura
- La Misericordia Hospital
- La Trinidad Chapel
- San Andrés Retirement Home
- Town Hall
- Belén Chapel
- Town market
- Santa María de Jesús Church
- Lebrija-Las Cabezas Lagoon Complex Natural Reserve
- Plaza de España and monument to Elio Antonio de Nebrija
- Statue of Our Lady of Miracles
- Archaeological remains in the Casa de la Juventud
Lebrija is located 76 kilometres from Seville, in the marshlands of the Lower Guadalquivir region. Its municipal district is part of the Lebrija-Las Cabezas Lagoon Complex Natural Reserve, a Protected Area. Its landscape comprises three different physical environments: marshlands, agricultural lands and mountain terrain as it is located in the foothills of Sierra Sur.
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