Half an hour’s drive from Seville, the Parador de Carmona, an Andalusi palace, stands on the ruins of an impressive 14th c. Moorish castle as a testimony to the region’s past.
The building crowns the city and offers a panoramic view from every corner of the Parador, especially from the terrace and swimming pool. Inside, Mudejar patterns are the main feature of the exquisite décor, which creates unique spaces such as the interior patio, the Salón Bermejo, with its tapestries and antiques, and the old refectory, now converted into a restaurant.
The Parador de Carmona occupies the Mudejar palace of Pedro I of Castile, built on the old Moslem castle. Plundered and finally destroyed in the 19th c. by a series of earthquakes, the area was reborn in 1976 as a Parador designed as an Andalusi palace.
Originally a Turdetanian-Carthaginian acropolis, the site was turned into the residence of the Moorish king of Carmona, it was then rebuilt by Pedro I, promotor of the Alcazar of Seville, who made it his favourite residence. The old castle courtyard is now the car park while the Casa Real is home to the salon and bedrooms of the Parador.
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The best regional cuisine in unique spaces
Paradores offers the exclusive experience of enjoying regional, local and local cuisine in unique spaces. Our cuisine is strongly linked to the places where the 98 hotels are located, presenting the best gastronomy from the different Spanish regions. Pioneers in local cuisine, we have reinforced our commitment to local products in search of the best raw material and reaffirming our commitment to sustainability.
Carmona stands in a privileged setting in the Vega del Corbones and is one of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia. Up to 500 archaeological sites can be found in the region, with evidence of settlement going back over thousands of years. The Parador can be found in the centre of the city, near monuments such as the Puerta de Sevilla, the Museum of Carmona, the Plaza de San Fernando and the city’s Archaeological Complex. Explore the magnificent historical quarter and discover just how photogenic it is as you walk along the tour “Carmona, Destino de Cine” (Carmona Route, a Cinematic Destination), which takes you through the areas used for scenes in many films.
Just half an hour away is Seville. the capital city of Andalusia and an international synonym for light and happiness. There you’ll discover some of the most iconic monuments of Spain, such as the Giralda, the Torre del Oro, the Triana District and the Reales Alcázares. And if you prefer nature, spectacular trails await you in Carmona, such as the Cueva de la Batida and Los Pilares, and other marvellous places such as the Nature Park of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla or the Reservoir of Melonares, where you can relax or do water sports.
The Priory of Santa María and the Convent of Santa Clara are also noteworthy. The Carmona tourist office offers free guided tours from Wednesday to Sunday (book in advance and subject to availability). Don't forget to try typical sweets such as the torta inglesa, a dessert with Islamic influences, made with eggs, sugar and “cabello de ángel” - pumpkin stewed in sugar syrup. You’ll also love the oil buns, rice pudding, French toast in sweet wine and honey, homemade polvorones, almond buns and the tasty chestnut stew with cinnamon.
Seville, the Andalusian capital bathed by the Guadiana River, is just half an hour away. Famous all over the world for its brightness and joyful atmosphere, its historical centre is also home to some of Spain's most important monuments. If you head to Seville, don’t miss out on La Giralda, the Torre del Oro, the Gothic Cathedral and a walk through the Triana neighbourhood.
Within Seville’s municipal boundaries lies the Roman city of Italica, birthplace of the emperors Hadrian and Trajan. This archaeological site is remarkable for its scale and the high degree of preservation of its remains. This Roman city was in used until the Islamic period, when it became a quarry for materials and was known as Sevilla la Vieja (Old Seville).
Ten kilometres away from the Parador lies the Hacienda of the Morillo Ruiz family, where some six thousand olive trees of the aberquina variety are cultivated. Book visits by writing an email to [email protected] or telephone 955 740 695.