Strolling through Olivares is akin to stepping into Spain’s Golden Age. Come to Olivares in the Aljarafe and discover one of the best-preserved historic-artistic sites in Andalusia. The town is shaped by its baroque past and boasts a rich architectural heritage from the Golden Age.
Learn about the town’s past by following the Ruta del Conde Duque de Olivares, a favourite of King Felipe IV’s, who promoted this town throughout the Spanish Empire. However, to throw yourself into the local history, come to the traditional Baroque Market in May. The town also holds the Certamen de Música Antigua in October to celebrate the 17th century.
Olivares is not only home to many works of art and great traditions, but also the Guadiamar Green Corridor that provides its beautiful natural surroundings. Enjoy the countryside and do not miss the archaeological site that was once part of the Ibero-Roman city of Laelia.
Come to Olivares and discover what more it has to offer. This gem in Aljarafe awaits you.
If you travel by car from Seville, take the A-66 Ruta de la Plata motorway to exit 805. Then enter the N-630 until you see the SE-526 junction. You will reach Olivares soon after.
The town does not have a train station. However, you can take the M-175 bus run by Seville’s Transport Consortium from Plaza de Armas station.
Take a stroll through the streets and enjoy its peaceful atmosphere. Be sure to bring your bike to cycle along the Guadiamar Green Corridor.
Start your visit to Olivares at the Plaza de España, the town centre declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1971. The Ruta del Conde Duque de Olivares begins here. The route is signposted with the cross of the Order of Alcántara, so no one gets lost.
The route takes in emblematic monuments such as the 17th-century Santa María de Las Nieves Collegiate Church, home to great baroque artworks. You can also see the El Conde Duque de Olivares Palace. This Duke was a favourite of King Felipe IV and became a prominent figure during the king’s reign.
Next to the palace is the Town Hall, which houses an Exhibition of Baroque Garments. Another historic building in the Plaza de España is the Pósito, a granary to hold wheat. Nearby is the Vera Cruz Chapel and the Museum of the Confraternity of La Soledad.
Continue through the beautiful streets until you reach the Plaza de la Ermita. The El Rocío Chapel has a sculpture identical to the one in Almonte. Given the town’s proximity to Huelva, the people of Olivares are very devoted to this Virgin Mary. So much so that, they not only make the pilgrimage every year in May but also have their own sculpture of the Virgen del Rocío since 1950. This temple, inaugurated in 1955, was built with funds raised by the parishioners.
Now head to Cerro de la Cabeza to see the archaeological site of the Ibero-Roman city of Laelia. Nearby are also the remains of the Italica aqueduct.
Last but not least, follow a route through the town’s natural surroundings. Enjoy the landscape of the Guadiamar Green Corridor and visit the San Antonio Tower and its environs where the Verdeo Pilgrimage takes place. Explore also the El Caos Spring and Fountain and La Coriana drinking water Fountain. Choose from a variety of routes to see fascinating places.
Olivares is 17 kilometres from Seville in the Alfarafe region. The town’s surroundings are part of the Guadiamar Green Corridor protected landscape area. The municipal district is covered with olive groves and vineyards.