Take a day trip from Sevilla to historic Carmona

Carmona, Spain

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 CarmonaThis 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.  

Carmona Museum:

Calle San Ildefonso, 1
41410  Carmona, Seville  (Andalusia)
Email: museociudad@carmona.org

Schedule

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

Visiting hours:

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.
walking tour route in Carmona

Where to stay in Carmona

Carmona has a Parador hotel.  You will find these hotels sprinkled throughout Spain.  They are usually renovated castles, palaces, monasteries or other historic buildings.  This hotel chain has very high standards in both the rooms and restaurants.  Even if you decide not to stay for a night, these hotels offer a pee into the history of whatever town they happen to be in so are always worth looking around and perhaps enjoying a cup of coffee.  Even though this hotel chain has a standard of excellence that surpasses many others in its category in Spain, the prices are generally reasonable for the quality offered.