Carmona Travel Guide

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    Carmona, more churches than inhabitants!
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    In one of the common use rooms
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    Santa Clara Convent

    by spanishguy Updated Nov 16, 2015

    This a nice convent to visit, founded in the 15th Century. It's a convent of the Santa Clara nuns, whom has a vow of enclosure inside. It enjoyed papal and royal privileges throughout its history because the nuns were of the high society searching for retirement. Since 18th there have not been too many changes. The church and cloister are important examples of Andalusian Moorish architecture of the early 16th century, very nice decorated, renovated in the 17th Century in Baroque style.

    We visited the Convent with some friends and the nuns were so nice to let us come into the cloister and the tower. You need to pay a ticket to visit the church (except during mass time, for sure) and if the sisters have free time the can show you the rest of the monastery. They are originally from Kenya, so they're English speakers. It's also good to buy them some of their homemade sweets.

    Mass times:
    - Daily: 9'00

    Church of the Convent The cloister In the cloister From the choir
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    Santa María Prioral Church

    by spanishguy Updated Nov 16, 2015

    This is the main church in Carmona, the Prioral, the head of the Catholic Church in the city. It's also the oldest, dating from the 14th Century, built over a former mosque, but it's even more ancient than the Moorish. There is a orange trees courtyard, like in the Cathedral of Sevilla and the whole church keeps a similar structure in smaller dimensions. The roots could be even deeper, because there is a Visigothic liturgical calendar engraved on one of the courtyard columns.

    The church is in wonderful Gothic style. The main altarpiece displays reliefs portraying scenes of the live of the Holy Virgin and Jesus Christ. In front of it there is the choir, like in the Cathedral of Sevilla.

    There are chapels surrounding all the church. The main one is the Sacramental Chapel, where the Holy Host is kept. The second most important is the one with the Virgin of Gracia, the Patron Virgin of Carmona.

    You can listen to the audioguide on the link

    Mass times:

    + Winter:
    - Sundays: 11'00 and 19'00
    - Saturdays: 19'00
    - Weekdays: 19'00

    + Summer:
    - Sundays: 11'30 and 20'00
    - Saturdays: 20'00
    - Weekdays: 20'00

    The main altarpiece The choir Belfry tower The orange courtyard The main fa��ade
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    Gate of Seville - Fortress

    by spanishguy Written Nov 16, 2015

    The first main monument you find while coming from Sevilla is the Fortress of the Gate of Sevilla, a Moorish construction from the 13th Century. From outside you can see mainly the entrance gate to the historic city and its walls, but in reality there is a complete fortress passing through the Carmona Tourist Office.

    We visited it with some friends and it really worth it. There are different elements:

    - The Homage Tower: the bigger tower, from Cartagineses era
    - The Tower of Gold: smaller, with a nice view over Carmona, with a dome with 8 sides
    - Prisoners' Hall: the remain of the Palace that stood on that place
    - Patio of Cisterns: under the patio there is a water tank excavated in the ground. This is the central area distributing access to the other towers and halls.

    You can listen to the audio guide in the link provided

    Fortress of Seville Gate Sevilla Gate Prisoners' Hall Patio of Cisterns Homage Tower
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    La Crêperie: Real French crêpes in Carmona

    by spanishguy Written Nov 16, 2015

    We're going from time to time to this cozy French crêperie in Carmona, just behind the Fortress of Sevilla Gate. It's a very small place, just with 4 or 5 tables, so you need to go early to have lunch.

    It's managed by a French girl who takes care of the restaurant and prepare real crêpes, both salty and sweets. Maybe it's not the most typical thing if you're going to Carmona for just one day, but if you're staying longer and you're trying Spanish food I highly recommend you it.

    Favorite Dish: I love to eat one salty crêpe (galette) at the beggining. Normally I'm going for the classical ham, cheese and egg, but there are other good choise. María, my wife, love the chicken with curry one. The carbonara is also good.

    To continue I like the sweet crêpe, normally chocolate, banana and cream. Just wonderful!

    La cr��perie My wife and me with friends Carbonara cr��pe Chicken with curry cr��pe
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    L'Antiqva: L'Antiqva at the old city entrance

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 3, 2008

    Here at the L'Antiqva we had a wide choice of local Tapas that we could try, but we decided to opt for the full portion, so choose accordingly.

    Favorite Dish: The "Iberian Assortment" that you can see in the photo was an excellent choice with 6 different cuts of smoked meats and sausages. The price was a bit stiff at 15 Euro, but they did have a menu in English which many restaurants did not. The only drawback is that this is NOT a complete meal and you need to order more additions, including bread and wine or other drink.

    Puerta de Sevilla, old city of Carmona, Spain Bodega-Abacerja L'Antiqva,  Carmona, Spain Bodega-Abacerja L'Antiqva, Iberian meats Bodega-Abacerja L'Antiqva, Carmona, Spain
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    Alto Borgo: Alto Borgo for good Italian

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 3, 2008

    The Alto Borgo was an "accident". I mean that we usually choose to eat Spainish local dishes when in Spain...but here in Carmona we were looking for a place to dine the first evening there and we checked out Alto Borgo saw that it was Italian and began to walk away. Just our luck a gentleman was standing outside and asked us if he could help us. His name was Jose and he directed us to several local Spanish restaurants...we thanked him and went our way. As it turns out the other restaurants were packed at that hour, so we returned to Alto Borgo and entered. Jose was there as was his girlfriend Jo. We thanked him again and then a conversation began that was to last all night. We eventually invited them to have drinks and share dinner with us.
    The owners, cooks, waiters, dishwashers, barman/woman, cashier are all two people, a man and wife, one from Italy and one from Japan who moved here to Carmona to open their dream. Would recommend this restaurant to all my friends.

    Favorite Dish: The Italian dishes were excellent and in sufficient quantity that after dinner I did not feel the need to go to another restaurant to fill up.. also the "house wine", also from Italy, was a little high in price, but very good.

    Alto Borgo, Zohara and Jo, Carmona, Spain Alto Borgo, Carmona, Spain
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    San Francisco Chapel

    by spanishguy Written Nov 16, 2015

    The San Francisco Chapel is outside of the city wall, in the compass of the extinguished convent of San Sebastián. This is a small temple that host one brotherhood of the Eastern (Holy Week).

    The chapel is placed inside a big spaces enclosed by long fence. It's not opened regularly, just for mass and from time to time on Saturday and Sunday morning.



    Mass times:

    - Fridays: 20'30

    San Francisco Chapel
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    La Giraldilla

    by penumbra Written Oct 19, 2011

    Favorite thing: The center of town. The fortress behind; the cathedral ahead; the open plains to the left; the rest of Carmona to the right.

    Storm coming
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