Seville Province - Utrera

Utera, Andalucia, Spain © Michelle Chaplow
Set in a countryside of olive groves, sunflowers and cereal cultivation, Utrera is a large agricultural town with a few fine churches and mansions.

Utrera

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The location

Set in a countryside of olive groves, sunflowers and cereal cultivation, Utrera is a large agricultural town with a few fine churches and mansions. It is considered to be one of the principal grain-producing regions in Spain and is also in the heart of a cattle-rearing region, where toros (fighting bulls) are raised.

History and monuments

The older section of the town is clustered around the 14th-century castle, the most important fortress in the Moorish series of the defensive fortifications, the Banda Morisca, which protected the kingdom of Granada. Between the Santiago and Santa María churches are the remains of a defensive enclosure.

In this historic quarter are two of Utrera's most interesting churches, the Iglesia de Santiago and the Iglesia de Santa María de la Mesa. Opposite the castle is the Gothic Santiago church, dating from the 14th century, which has a magnificent Renaissance portal, one of the finest in Andalucia. The Iglesia de Santa María is another Gothic church and also has an impressively elaborate 16th-century portal, the Puerta del Perdón, and a beautiful tower, partly designed by Hernán Ruiz, with a Baroque belfry. It is flanked by some fine mansions in the adjacent streets.

Utrera is peppered with grand Baroque houses, such as the one now occupied by the Casa de Cultura on Calle Rodrigo Caro, near the Plaza Santa María de la Mesa, with a beautiful colannaded courtyard. The Casa de Cultura houses the tourist office, 955 860 931.

On the edge of town is the Sanctuario de la Consolación, a sanctuary dedicated to the town's patron saint, the Virgen de la Consolación, who is represented on the gilded 15th-century altarpiece. The sanctuary also has a superb artesanado coffered ceiling.

Festivals 

Apart from these churches, Utrera's other redeeming feature is its renowned flamenco festival, the Potaje Gitano; like many flamenco festivals, such as the Gazpacho in Morón de la Frontera, it is named after a dish popular in Andalucia - in this case, the Gypsy's Stew. Established in 1957 by the town's gypsies and dedicated to the cante (singing), the festival is held on the last Saturday in June every year.

The 17th-century poet Rodrigo Caro was born in Utrera and is most well-known for his poem on the Roman ruins of Italica.

Nature

Just outside Utrera is the Utrera Natural Reserve, a series of lakes noted for their wildlife, especially birds.

Places to stay in Utrera

Places to stay in Utrera include the two-star Veracruz, on Calle Corredera 44, 955 865 252, in a restored 18th-century mansion or, if you fancy splashing out, the five-star Hotel Cortijo Soto Real, on a country estate outside Utrera on the Las Cabezas de San Juan-Villamartin road, Km 13, 955 869 200.

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Cradle of flamenco 

The towns of Utrera and Lebrija, however, are way off the average tourist's route and remain somewhat undiscovered, but if one was to venture into the countryside that surrounds Seville, one would find that the traditional gypsy flamenco tradition is thriving: these towns are among the few places where orthodox flamenco is performed on a daily bases. More>

Art Galleries

There is a small art gallery situated above the Teatro Municipal Enrique de la Cuadrau which holds many exhibitions throughout the year.
Calle Sevilla 24.

Traditional and contemporary art exhibitions are held at the Casa de Cultura.
Calle Rodrigo Caro 3.
Open Monday to Saturday 11:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 20:00

HOW TO GET TO UTRERA

Train
From Seville
- Utrera is easily accessible by train, and the short journey from Seville will take approximately twenty-minutes. Book train online
From Malaga - Maria Zambrano stationi in Málaga, changing at Dos Hermanas near Seville. Trains run fairly regularly and the journey takes a little over two hours.The train from Dos Hermanas to Utrera runs every thirty minutes during peak hours, and the journey takes just ten minutes.

Bus
There is also a bus service from Seville.

Car
From Seville city, the best route would be to follow the A-376, which will take you directly to Utrera: the journey should take no longer than thirty minutes. From Malaga to take the A-45 until you come to the N334 at Pedrera. You will pass exits for Osuna, Marchena and Arahal, before seeing signs to Utrera. This route is fairly direct and well sign posted, and will take approximately two hours. From Costa del Sol, take the road from San Pedro to Ronda, pass Ronda in the following signs for Seville and you will reach Utrera. 

Urban Bus times

For the five local urban bus routes in  Utrera


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