Alcázar de Arriba

Sevilla Province

The stark, ruined fortress on the southeastern edge of Carmona was an Almohad fort that Pedro I turned into a country palace in the 13th century. It was brought down by earthquakes in 1504 and 1755 and its ruins now provide a memorable viewing platform and a backdrop to the luxurious Parador de Carmona hotel.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Sevilla Province attractions

1. Iglesia de Santiago

0.15 MILES

At the northeastern end of the old town, the Iglesia de Santiago is one of Carmona's oldest churches. Built in the 14th century, it has been much modified…

2. Viewpoint

0.18 MILES

Search out this viewing balcony on the eastern edge of the historic centre to admire fantastic views across the hazy brown vega (valley) below.

3. Museo de la Ciudad

0.19 MILES

Carmona's history, from its origins as a Copper-Age settlement to the modern era, is charted at the city museum, housed in the aristocratic Palacio del…

4. Convento de Santa Clara


With its Gothic ribbed vaulting, carved Mudéjar-style ceiling and dazzling altarpiece – a shining example of Sevillan baroque – the Santa Clara convent…

5. Puerta de Córdoba

0.22 MILES

With its two hexagonal towers and neo-classical decor, the result of an 18th-century facelift, this Roman gate originally controlled access to the city…

7. Iglesia de San Felipe

0.27 MILES

This 14th-century church, said to stand atop a former mosque, boasts a soaring Mudéjar tower and a grand Gothic portal in its plain white facade. It's…

8. Ayuntamiento

0.27 MILES

Carmona's 17th-century town hall, originally a Jesuit convent, contains an impressive Roman mosaic depicting the head of the gorgon Medusa surrounded by…