If you’re travelling to Andalucia, make sure to spend some time in Carmona, Spain. This little town is one of the most charming in the area and makes a brilliant base for exploring nearby Granada, Córdoba, Marbella or Seville. 

Carmona, Spain Highlights

At just 19 miles from Seville, Carmona is easy to visit on an Andalusian road trip. This is one of the oldest towns in Europe.

The town’s motto, As the Morning Star shines in the dawn, so shines Carmona in Andalusia, was given by Ferdinand III of Castile who captured it from the Moors in 1247.

Carmona, Spain Tours

One of the nicest things about Carmona, Andalucia is that the Tourist Office run complimentary group guided tours of the town from Wednesday to Sunday except in July and August. Our guide showed us to some of the top attractions including The Córdoba Gate.

Cordoba Gate

You can drive through the gate on your way into town. Its borded by two octagonal turrets and though it dates from Roman times, it was altered in the eighteenth century to the monument that you see today.

There were originally four gates in the town and two remain – the other one is The Gate of Sevilla where the Tourist Office is located. Do drop in here as they’re extremely helpful.

Carmona Fort

The Alcazar de la Puerta de Sevilla, or Fort of Carmona is also situated here and is well worth a visit for the far reaching views from its ramparts. Remains found nearby date from the seventh century BC.

The Carthaginians constructed the gate itself, and the Romans reinforced the fortress with the addition of a gate.

Carmona attractions - The Fort of Carmona
The Fort of Carmona

Carmona Town Center

Iglesia de Santa Maria is an impressive church, constructed between 1424 and 1518 on Plaza Marqués de las Torres. There are several other picturesque squares in Carmona including Plaza del Mercado, the market square which sells food produce and flamenco costumes. 

Plaza de San Fernando is a natural meeting place for locals.

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Carmona town center

It is borded by some attractive buildings including this tiled beauty.

Carmona Andalucia
Typical Andalucian house in Carmona

Carmona Town Hall

Located on Calle el Salvador, Carmona Town Hall houses a hidden gem, a Roman tiled floor that’s extremely well preserved. It features a head of Medusa, and is easily visited during normal weekday hours.

Museo de la Ciudad de Carmona

Carmona City Museum is also interesting for its historic artefacts, presenting a snapshot of local history from the palaeolithic period, through the Bronze Age and Roman Carmona to the Islamic Middle Ages and the present day. 

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Convento de Santa Clara

Perhaps our favourite of all Carmona’s sights is the Convento de Santa Clara. The interior is breathtaking and a great example of Andalusian Moorish architecture from the 16th century.

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Santa Clara Convent

You can buy cakes from the nuns, and they’re well packaged enough to bring back as gifts. It’s possible to buy similar cakes in Seville where it’s a popular tourist attraction, but there you don’t meet the nuns. 

Carmona cakes
Cakes from Convento de Santa Clara

Wandering around the cloisters, you get a real sense of peace. In fact Carmona, Spain is one of the most relaxing of all the places that you’ll visit on your Andalusia road trip.

Carmona Seville

Parador Carmona

We recommend staying at the Parador de Carmona, Andalucia. One of the best hotels in Carmona, it’s located in an Arab fortress dating from the 14th century. The parador has been sensitively restored to maintain its original features.

The paradors are government-run hotels in impressive buildings and locations and this is one of the very best. There are also great paradors in Jaen and Ubeda, both also in Andalucia. Carmona Parador has a very distinct style of its own.

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Parador de Carmona

You’ll pass through the fortified medieval walls to get to the hotel entrance. Parking is available in the cobbled courtyard.

Carmona parador, Spain

The citadel was originally constructed by the Moors and later extended by King Pedro. First impressions are excellent – the receptionists are extremely friendly and speak perfect English.

After a speedy check-in, we headed to our room, a spacious bedroom with a seating area. With two adjacent windows, the room was light and airy with a view over the valley.

Parador Carmona view

The bathroom has two vanity basins, and a complete set of Paradores toiletries. It’s fun to explore the rest of the property, starting with a stylish series of lounge bars.

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The interior of Parador de Carmona

Continue to the Moorish-style tiled patio area, where you can soak up the sun by the fountain or seek shade to the side, and on to the outdoor bar area with its panoramic views.

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Heading outside, you follow a path downhill that is bordered by flowers. It leads to a pool area with sun loungers and a barbecue grill.

The pool was just being filled up when we were there in April. It must be perfect for bathing now, making this one of the best hotels in Carmona, Spain.

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Restaurants in Carmona, Andalucia

This particular Parador is renowned for its cuisine and the vaulted dining room is a lovely spot in which to sample it. Executive chef Francisco Caparrós Soler favours seasonal ingredients and has a talent for presentation. The star of the show is the extensive dessert buffet.

Carmona restaurants

Within a few minutes walk of the Parador, you’ll come across La Yedra, which serves up some of the best food that you’ll taste on our Andalucian road trip.

La Yedra is one of the best restaurants in Carmona
Dinner at La Yedra

Also close by is Molino de la Romera – set in a converted mill, it’s a good choice for simple home cooking.

The best restaurants in Carmona, Andalucia, Spain - Molino de la Romera
Molino de la Romera

Casa Puerta de Cordoba is a cocktail bar in a former palace. The drinks here are potent and the vibe is relaxed.

Casa Puerta de Cordoba - Carmona bars
Casa Puerta de Cordoba

We also recommend spending a weekend in Seville, just half an hour away by car from Carmona, Spain. Further afield, there are many fun things to do in Marbella, Cordoba, Jaen and Ubeda, other interesting Andalucia towns.

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37 thoughts on “7 Fun Things to Do in Carmona, Andalusia, Spain”

  1. Wow, Great pics so impressive and Amazing details of a Lovely place!!!!!!
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    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      Thanks Paola, Carmona was such a photogenic place! Have a great weekend

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      This was one of my faves on our trip, the gorgeous weather really helped!

  2. Left Bank Girl

    Everything is stunning! Carmona is gorgeous and I love it’s Moorish flair. Enjoy your Paris trip, I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait for your posts on your visit

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    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      We’ve just checked in and loving the Hotel Westminster. Off to lunch at Champeaux in Les Halles!

      1. Left Bank Girl

        That sounds incredible! Checked out their site, the rooms are gorgeous. Say hi to Paris for me

  3. angloyankophile

    I love all the colors! And as usual, you look stunning! The interior design is fabulous.

  4. That dessert buffet looks marvelous, so many delicious options! The Santa Maria church looks impressive as well, I love the architecture of old churches. Have a nice weekend!

    Eden | Mint Notion

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      There was actually more to the buffet that I didn’t show, the range of chocolate desserts was huge!

  5. Sand in my Suitcase

    Nice to know about Carmona! We have Seville and Granada in our sights for a Spain visit (so we’ll have to add Carmona too). And this parador looks charming. When in Portugal years ago, we stayed at several government-run pousadas (historic castle and monastery hotels, similar to the paradors) – they really immerse you in the local history and culture.

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      I also really recommend Cordoba, I’ll be writing about that at a later date. I’m probably going to stay at the Portugese pousadas next year, they sound lovely

  6. Anda @ Travel Notes & Beyond

    Oh, I so loved Carmona! I’m planning to go back sometimes next year and maybe try some more paradores.

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      I just recently saw your blog post on it, looks like the lobby of the parador has changed a bit so I’m sure you’d love the new style and there are some other great paradors nearby

  7. Frankie | TheMayfairy.com

    Love the view from your room! And please tell me you bought some flamenco gear – that little jacket looks totally wearable 😉

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      I was so tempted but the suitcase was already bursting on the way out!

  8. The historic hotel you stayed in is truly special, the tiled patio area is stunning! Hmm, this is undoubtedly one of your most wanderlust-inducing posts!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Magazine Subscription Giveaway! x

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      I loved that patio area, it was so relaxing having a drink in there and planning our visits nearby

  9. Meron Dymphana

    Wow!!! Who knew a place with cactus would be so beautiful, I love the rooms and the food too. Everything looks perfecto and so do you!! That dress is a show stopper and the coat is a game changer, so dashing!
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    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      That’s very kind Meron, I often go for bright colours! Have a great weekend

  10. Andalucía is my favourite part of Spain – love all the Moorish touches. Carmona looks amazing. Enjoy Seville!

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      I can see why you like it so much, Linzi – I’d never been to Andalucia before but it’s so unique!

  11. Miriam @londonkitchendiaries

    Carmina looks beautiful – I love Andalusia. There are so many great places to discover. Great to get so many tips. BTW You look absolutely stunning in your red dress!

    1. Suze @LuxuryColumnist

      Oh that’s so sweet, Miriam! I went for bright colours to fit in with the area

  12. Beauty Follower

    Beautiful colours! Wonderful photos!

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  13. The Reader's Tales

    How funny 😉 one of my best friend is on vacation there ! You always make us wonderful suggestions!! Gracias guapa 😉

  14. Andalusia is one of my favourite places it is so beautiful. You have captured the essence superbly. Carmona look tranquil Lucy x

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