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Seville enchants

Isla Mayor, with a culinary tradition of rice, and spectacular marshes

The town of Isla Mayor was established in the early 20th century amidst the Guadalquivir marshes and rice fields. This gateway to Doñana National Park from Seville will captivate you with its stunning landscapes.

Doñana stretches across a vast plain between Seville and the Atlantic Ocean. Sun, air, water and mud are the protagonists for hundreds of kilometres around this enormous and uninhabited geological basin, the history of an Andalusia eroded, transported and sedimented here over millions of years.

In 1927, an English firm -Islas del Guadalquivir S.A.- purchased a significant extension of land, including 25,000 hectares from the Marquis of Casa Riera, to dewater and sanitise the swamps and marshes of the River Guadalquivir islands to encourage intensive rice production.

Herba Ricemills is a company specialised in the marketing of rice, especially for the Brillante, La Cigala and SOS brands. It belongs to the Ebro Foods group. The main plant is located in San Juan de Aznalfarache, although it has other plants in different parts of the Aljarafe, such as Coria del Río and Puebla del Río, as well as in other parts of Spain.

This guide is a journey through the lands of this important crop and the traditional gastronomy it generates: rice dishes with duck from the marshes, with red crab, with partridge, with shrimps... A guide to carry in your pocket, in your glove compartment or in your rucksack, which will help you to enjoy any area of the Sevillian villages that offer us all this richness.

The Dehesa de Abajo Concerted Nature Reserve is the contact zone between the southernmost area of the Aljarafe region and the Guadalquivir marshlands. The combination of Mediterranean forest and marshland habitat gives rise to an exceptional variety of plant and animal species.