The Guadalquivir countryside
The excellent geographical location of Carmona makes it particularly attractive as a base for excursions to well-populated Guadalquivir countryside. In the immediate area there are two beautiful localities called Mairena del Alcor and El Viso del Alcor, which boast excellent urbanistic features and Mudéjar churches. Sights to see in Mairena include Luna Castle, and a stroll around El Viso's streets, gaced with beautiful portals and wall tiling, is a must. Another nearby villages is the vibrant Lora del Río, whose river is none other than the Guadalquivir and which has a beautiful town hall and house presided over by the tall tower of the parish church. Well worth seeing in La Campana is the church of Santa María, with its altarpiece by Alonso Cano. Carmona is linked by motorway to another monumental town called Écija, which is situated on the banks of the river Genil and which is marked by the profusion and beauty of its tall Mudéjar and Baroque towers and by its wealth of palaces and churches. Even nearer is Marchena, another remarkable monumental town, which presents a combination of Moorish walls - Arch of La Rosa, Gate of Morón - and a variety of churches in different styles, one of which, the Mudéjar church of San Juan, contains a small gallery hung with painting by Zurbarán. Also in the area is Alcalá de Guadaira, which has a large Moorish fortress and is famous for its bread. In various directions and somewhat further away are Osuna, Utrera and Morón, locations to be added to this catalogue of monumental towns.