Écija, the least known of the Campiña towns, is something of an underrated star. Many travellers overlook it, perhaps put off by its reputation as la sartén de Andalucía (the frying pan of Andalucía) – in July and August temperatures can reach a suffocating 45°C. But avoid high summer and you’ll find it a fascinating town rich in architectural and historic interest.
Its compact centre is riddled with Gothic-Mudéjar palaces, churches and baroque towers – hence a second nickname, la ciudad de las torres (the city of towers) – whilst Roman ruins tell of its past as a wealthy Iberian centre. Then known as Colonia Augusta Firma Astigi, it flourished in the 1st and 2nd centuries supplying olive oil to markets across the Roman Empire.