The Casino is more than 160 years old and opens its doors to all visitors that wish to take a rest in its wonderful and curious halls. The Casino opened its doors to members in 1848. It later extended and a theatre was built at the back, which is now belongs to the town hall and is undergoing restoration. This building has a certain colonial air about it. It has a central, square patio with foundation columns, two floors and a gallery with metal railings surrounding it. It is covered by a skylight; the walls are tiled halfway up and there is a ventilator, which hangs in the centre of the patio, over a round table, transforming it into a lounge. The whole Casino is currently a lounge; a place to rest and take it easy, reminiscent of the 19th century casinos invented for people to hold parties and be recognised. There are dance halls, marble staircases, empty dining rooms, games and meeting rooms, a cafeteria that serves breakfast and tapas and a hall that opens out onto the plaza. Members are able to make reservations.
plaza mayor, Osuna
Nuestra Señora del Carmen parish church
This parish church was built as a chapel for the Industrias de Nuestra Señora del Carmen in 1917 to cover the spiritual needs of the Estación neighbourhood. It became a parish church in 1954. The church has one single, Neo-Gothic nave, with beautiful, medium-sized jasper on the façade and the bottom part of the wall. The baroque altarpiece houses the image of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, the incumbent image of the church. It came from the Caridad chapel that was once in front of the Town Hall. The beautiful, artistic image that represents the Resurrection of Jesus is truly outstanding. It is a Granadan piece from 1630, by Alonso de Mena y Escalante, which came from the former la Veracruz chapel. It was moved to the del Carmen parish church when the current brotherhood, which parades the image of the Resurrection through the streets, was founded.
Av. de la Estación, 62,puente-genil
Fuente Álamo Roman Villa
Roman Villa from the 1st to 4th centuries AD The villa is remarkable due to its extremely interesting mosaics, some of which are the most important figurative and geometric mosaics in Spain. It is believed that this villa’s first settlement corresponds to the 1st century AD, remaining until the start of the Moorish domination. There is proof however that it was most significant during the 3rd and 4th centuries AD. The unique figurative mosaics are impressive and are associated with important, large wall structures.
Alcázar del Rey Don Pedro
Seemingly fortified in Roman times, this enclosure acquired its shape from the Moors and definitively with Pedro I, who restored it during the 12th century, transforming it into one of his favourite residences. It consists of two spaces, one inside the others, with its corresponding walls and barbicans; the facade, looks out onto the town and is surrounded by a moat. It features the entrance: an Islamic horseshoe arch leading to a small military enclosure, which is where we find the Parador, view point. It was originally defended by three towers, of which there are only remains of two. The Catholic Monarchs built “el cubete”, an artillery fortress with gun ports, and added general embellishments to the palace. The earthquake of 1755 greatly affected the palace and its condition progressively worsened. The Parador is newly built, although it keeps in with the style that a palace within these walls would have had. From the terrace, we can enjoy the wonderful view of Carmona’s plains.
C/ Alcázar, s/n,Carmona
Muestra de la Semana Santa de Baena
The Association of Easter Week brotherhoods from Baena has created a permanent exhibition on the local Easter Week traditions, declared as being of national touristic interest. The exhibition can be found in the Casa de la Condesa, the association’s headquarters, in calle Mesones.The town’s Easter Week groups display different items related to their Easter Week celebrations in this beautiful manor house, in the heart of the historic town centre. This display is a good example for visitors to the town as it explains the unique role of the Judío de Baena (Jew of Baena). This figure’s attire attracts special attention and consists of a red embroidered jacket, black trousers, white shirt, a neckerchief and a metal helmet with impressive imprinted patterns and a brightly coloured plumage coming from the top.Horse hair is also attached to the back of the helmet, which is black (Judío Colinegro) or white (Judío Coliblanco) depending on the brotherhood.
C/ Mesones 37, baena
Pilar de Los Álamos
This beautiful Renaissance fountain, called the Pilar de los Álamos, is located directly in front of Los Álamos park. It was built in 1552 and was designed by Jacobo Florentino ‘el florentín’, although he did not complete its construction. He was the predecessor of Diego de Siloé in Los Jerónimos church in Granada and both artists were considered the pioneers of Andalusian Renaissance. Historical accounts recall that this fountain once collected water from ‘La Mina’ spring, located close to the natural site Los Llanos. The fountain’s façade is made of sandstone and displays two warriors holding Alcalá’s coat of arms, protected by two griffins, mythological creatures with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, which guard treasures. These figures can also be found on other buildings in the town, as in heraldry, these imaginary beings are always related to protecting and guarding the town, a role that Alcalá la Real played for more than a century before the conquest of Granada. To this end, the inscription present on the emblem’s orle reads “key, guard and defence for the Castillian kingdoms”, the title granted to the town by the Catholic Monarchs.
C/ Los Álamos,Alcalá la Real
Nuestra Señora de la Victoria (church)
16th century church. Baroque convent from the 17th and 18th centuries. Ancient convent of the Minims of San Francisco de Paula. It was originally the conventual church of the Minims of San Francisco de Paula, and it is currently the Nuestra Señora de la Victoria parish church. There are master imagery works inside the church. The wonderful sculpture of Virgen de los Dolores was created by the Granadan José de Mora, and Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno, work attributed to the Roldán family workshop, as well as Virgen de las Angustias.
Santiago El Mayor Parish Church
The parish church is an artistic and historic monument, which lies in close proximity to Utrera’s castle and fortress. It is an edifice of staggering proportions and displays proof of the change in architectural styles over time. The current church is Gothic, pertaining to the late 18th century. Its model is very similar to the first churches built following the Conquest. It is clearly defensive in character, as observed through the arrow slits featured on the tower-façade and the thickness of its walls. It is a hall church, known artistically by the German name “Hallenkirche”. It has a uniform, rectangular floor plan, separated into three naves by vaulting shafts and covered with an extremely beautiful sexpartite vault or tiercerons of uniform elevations. The ribs of the vault rise from pillars in the centre and corbels at sides of the church. The naves were later completed with a Renaissance dome and Baroque and neoclassical chapels. The main façade, depressed and sheltered within a basket-handle arch, is on the west end of the church, from which the three-sectioned stone and brick tower sprouts.
ponce de leon, 13, Utrera
Almazara Florencio Aguilera
Aceites Florencio Aguilera, empresa familiar dedicada a la producción de aceites de alta calidad y que apuesta por el aceite temprano de variedad picual. Su almazara familiar se encuentra en la aldea La Hortichuela, a 12 km. de Alcalá la Real, en el pequeño municipio de Pilas de Fuente Soto. Se trata de un enclave en plena naturaleza, rodeada de un bosque de olivos y donde habitan familias tradicionalmente dedicadas al cultivo de los frutos de la tierra y la ganadería. Es aquí donde se encuentra el corazón de Aceites Florencio Aguilera. Ofrecen visitas a sus instalaciones y catas.
CXRQ+6V Pilas de Fuente Soto