Morón de la Frontera is a lively and enterprising town located at the foot of Seville’s Sierra Sur. The houses with their famous whitewashed exteriors, along with the beautiful churches and convents, share the same rich historical heritage. As its name makes clear, this old medieval town was on the border between the Nasrid kingdom and Christian Andalusia. Discover this crossroad town where the legend of the popular the ‘Gallo desplumado’ (plucked rooster) has become a local emblem.
Enjoy the natural surroundings of the Sierra de Esparteros and don’t forget to visit Morón de la Frontera’s Lime Museum to learn about this important tradition. Flamenco also has deep roots here. Since 1963, one of the province’s oldest festivals, the Gazpacho Andaluz, takes place here in July, bringing together Spain’s best flamenco.
This magnificent town is a great place to visit all year round. Enjoy its delicious cuisine based on local products such as table olives, game meat, and cakes and pastries made in local convents by the nuns.
Come and learn about this border enclave with deep-rooted traditions, linked to lime and the town’s legendary rooster.
By car from Seville, take the A-92 motorway. At Arahal, take exit 41 to A-8125 until Morón de la Frontera.
There is no train station in Morón de la Frontera, and the nearest one is in Marchena. If you travel by train, get off at Marchena and take a taxi to Morón. If you go by bus, Transportes Alpe has a regular service from Seville throughout the day.
The best way to discover this town –and its architectural gems– is on foot. You can also hike or cycle in the Sierra de Esparteros. If you need to take a cab, there is a taxi service in Morón’s town centre.
Unlock the secrets of this majestic corner of Seville’s Sierra Sur doing a route through its natural setting, including Sierra de Esparteros or Sierra de Morón, as it is also called by the locals. The route will take you to many quarries that attest to the relevance of Morón’s industrial sector since Roman times.
The goal of this route is to reach the Lime Museum, one of the town’s most unique places, where you can learn about the craft of lime making, the oldest profession in Morón. An interesting exhibition shows the tools and ovens used to make lime.
Once you have learned what the inhabitants did for centuries to make a living, it is time to visit their historical heritage. The Castle, which still conserves part of its walls and fortified towers, our first stop. You can enjoy here beautiful views of Seville’s La Campiña. This old fortress was also the residence of the Dukes of Osuna; however, Napoleon’s troops blew up the stately rooms. Nearby is the San Miguel Arcángel Church, known as Sierra Sur’s ‘little cathedral’. Its bell tower was built to look like the Giralda in Seville. A short walk will take you to the Paseo del Gallo, where the bronze sculpture of Morón’s famous ‘Gallo desplumado’ stands. Find out what inspired the legend that made this animal the emblem of this town.
Head now towards the 16th-century Town Hall, the most important civil building. Its clock resembles the one in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. Nearby is the former palace of the Counts of Miraflores, now converted into the Casa de la Cultura and Fernando Villalón Foundation, named after the poet of the 1927 Generation. The courtyard, grand staircase, and a dome embellished with plaster are the most noteworthy features of this house. Continue through the streets and discover its numerous churches, some of which have been declared Sites of Cultural Interest, including the San Francisco de Asís Church. This church was once part of the Franciscan monastery whose restoration began in the 19th century. It is today Morón de la Frontera’s Specialist Hospital.
Head to the Santa Clara Convent if you wish to sample typical local confectionery. Try the batatines, made with Californian sweet potato and almonds; or frutitas, a local delicacy made with pears and peaches. Opposite the convent is the Jardines de la Carrera, an ideal pit stop to savour these delicious treats.
Round off your tour at some of Morón’s bars and restaurants and enjoy the lively atmosphere while savouring the delectable cuisine. If you want to view in situ the impressive military planes at Morón Air Base, you must book several days in advance.
Located in the Sierra Sur region, Morón de la Frontera is 65 kilometres from Seville. The hamlets created by the National Colonisation Institute, including Aldea Guadaira, Las Caleras de la Sierra, La Lagartija, La Ramira, are under its administration. Sierra de Esparteros, one of the most recognisable features of the local landscape, is situated in this municipality.