If you want to get a feel of some of the most ancient history in southern Spain, Carmona is a fascinating stop. It is only 30 kilometres from Sevilla. As many historic cities in Spain, it was built strategically on an escarpment that could easily be protected. The plains below the city were and still are very fertile so provided food, wealth and prestige to the city.
Each culture that inhabited the city left its mark. After the Tartessans and Phoenicians each had their settlements at Carmona, the Romans added their touch. The Romans walled the city and it became an official tributary of Rome. Carmona was important enough at this point to mint its own coin, called the “Carmo.” The wall remains as well as part of an amphitheatre and necropolis. The necropolis is located on the outskirts of the city and has hundreds of tombs and rich burial chambers excavated from rock.
By the eighth century, Muslim al-Andalus had taken over Carmona. During this time period Carmona became a sister city to Seville. A Mudejar tower was built similar to Seville’s tower. The history with Seville was intertwined closely with Carmona.
The modern Carmona is much smaller than Seville. You can walk around the walled part of the city a few hours but if you are a history buff, there is much to keep you busy for a few days.
My suggestions for what to see when visiting Carmona
Alcazar de Carmona: This is now part of a tourist office and a guided tour can be arranged right at the tourist office.
The Carmona museum will give insight into the cultures that passed through Carmona.
Calle San Ildefonso, 1
41410 Carmona, Seville (Andalusia)
From Sep 01 to Jun 15
Tuesday to Sunday — From 11:00 AM to 07:00 P
Monday— From 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM
From Jun 16 to Aug 31
Monday to Friday — 10:00 AM to 02:00 PM From 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Saturday to Sunday — 09:30 AM to 02:00 PM
Prices General: €3
The Roman Necropolis — This contains more than nine hundred family tombs dating from the second century BC to the fourth century AD.
Price: Free entrance
Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Quick tips for visiting Carmona:
- Park just outside the walled entrance of the old city. Parking within the walls is nearly impossible.
- As you walk along the streets within the walled city you will see small circles embedded in the cement that say: “Ruta touristica” with an arrow. By following these little signs you will be on a walking tour that will take you to the points of interest.