We could call Seville “the province of beautiful villages” Bordering the River Guadalquivir its land has created the legendary Sevillanas and the Feria de Abril and is a land rich in a beauty going beyond (very much beyond) the capital’s well-known attractions.
Among its most typical towns are Dos Hermanas and Mairena del Aljarafe, two towns located a short distance from the capital that you can’t miss when spending your days off in the capital of Seville.
Dos Hermanas, much more than a “neighboring town”
Popular as the town to which the new couples and families from Seville usually emigrate and named after the “two sisters” who were related to a noble friend of Fernando III (the city conqueror), Dos Hermanas is a large town that hides numerous secrets which you can visit in a tour of just over a morning.
Located about 15 kilometers from our hotels Petit Palace Santa Cruz and Petit Palace Canalejas Seville, Dos Hermanas-mitad is an inland village looking out over the marshes of the Guadalquivir, It is famous for its olive industry and for its delicious oil, which is never missing from any Sevillian table or from any local recipe.
On a tour through its streets you can’t miss the Plaza de la Constitución, which crowns the center and shelters its Town Hall and its beautiful pedestrian streets like those of Virgen de Valme or María Magdalena. Nor can you miss a visit to its neo-Mudejar style train station, the San Sebastian Chapel and the Menéndez Pelayo Square.
Mairena del Aljarafe, the capital’s look-out
Although many call it the “second Seville” because of the number of the capital’s inhabitants who have their residence there, we will call Mairena the “the capital’s look-out”. This not very large town looks over Seville from its height of almost a hundred meters and you will get there in less than half an hour if you take the bus near the Petit Palace Marqués Santa Ana.
Seat of the Romans and later of the Arabs, Mairena is a noble area, rich in high quality, local, gourmet food, something that caught the attention of both the Duke of Olivares and the head of the House of Alba, both, in the past, owners of these lands. In its domain you can’t miss the Parish Church San Ildefonso or the old hacienda of the Arc de la Prusiana.