Turismo de Alcalá de Guadaíra

Historic Route


This route proposes us a walk by the squares, streets and more emblematic buildings of Alcalá's downtown. We will start our walk at the Duque Square, where the Town Council and its patio with wall paintings dated in the 18th century are placed.

It is quite near Santiago (St James') Church, compendium of various architectonic styles; inside it you can find beautiful statues from local image maker Manuel Pineda Calderón, whose works can be seen, besides this temple, in other churches as St Sebastian's, Our Lady of the Eagle (Santa María del Águila)...

The route goes on through the main streets that are part of the Open Commercial Centre. After having contemplated the Gutiérrez de Alba Theatre, Santa Clara's Convent and the squares of El Cabildo and Cervantes, we will reach St. Sebastian's Church with its Mudéjar design.

Before ending our route in the Blas Infante Park, where the locality's history is displayed on some tiles that ornate the square, we will make a stop at the Museum of the Town, placed in the beautiful Centro Park.

What do I need to know?
Parking Parking Rotonda del Pan C/ San Francisco.
Bus Stop Line B urban buses. C/Duquesa de Talavera
Nearest Café La Centenaria, C/ Ntra. Sra. del Águila (C/La Mina) or San Joaquín, Plaza Cervantes.
Description of the route to the next stop Ascending to the Church of Santa Maria del Aguila and down the city center.

Point N 1: Town Council

It is the former San Ildefonso's Hospital for Poor People. In the works made in the patio or yard, some interesting mural decoration remains dated from the 18th century have been found. Our next stop will be St. James' (Santiago) Church.

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Point N 2: Santiago (St. James') Church

Its foundations date back from 1500; it has Gothic plan with three naves covered with groin vaultsIt is a kind of vault made up by a series of arches or groins with structural function. The spaces generated between them are called webs, kind of curved panes with a secondary function, as fillers.. Another part is Neoclassical from the 18th century. The most outstanding elements are the paintings of its altarpieces. During our way to the following stop at Santa María del Águila, we can find exemplary views of Alcalá.

Hours of worship: MO-SU: 19:30h / SU: 12:00h / from June to October at 20.30h

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Point N 3: Church of Santa María del Águila (Our Lady St Mary of the Eagle)

Mudejar Mudéjar style consisted in applying to Christian buildings the influence, elements -such as the horseshoe arch- or materials of Hispanic-Moorish or Andalusí art; this is an autochthonous phenomenon and is exclusively Iberian; it is based on masonry works of Andalusí tradition with specific materials as brick, tile, visible wood in coffers... Church from the 14th century, it houses the town's Patroness image. It was the first and only Parish of Alcalá until the founding of San Miguel. Our following stop is the Medieval Castle. Before getting to the castle we could stop at the viewpoint to contemplate the views of the Dragon Bridge.

Hours of worship:

From October to May: 16:00-19:00 h

From June to September: 18:00-21:00 h

Sunday: 10:00 h, 11:00-13:30 h and 18:00-21:00 h

Holidays: 11:00-13:30 h and 18:00-21:00 h

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Point N 4: Medieval Castle

Placed on a high spot over the River Guadaíra, of AlmohadReforming movement inside Muslim religion that brought several tribes from Northern Africa together. The reform was born in Morocco in the 12th century as an answer to religious laxity displayed by the Almoravid rulers. They penetrated Iberian Peninsula with the mission of stopping the Christians Kingdoms advance at the Reconquista. Their buildings are mainly functionalist, simple and austere. design and with late-medieval constructions, it includes several buildings, among which the Royal Palace or Alcázar stands out. The Castle is flanked by eleven towers, with architectonic and decorative details of high value. Once the visit is finished, we can walk down through San Miguel (poor) quarter until El Perejil to enjoy the view of [King] Carlos III Bridge.

Admission is free.

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Point N 5: Carlos III Bridge

Stone Bridge made up by seven arches on supports with cutwaters. During centuries it was the only way toward the ports of Cádiz bay in times of flooding. It is located at the urban area.

Point N 6: Sweets Purchase (optional)

Recommended places:

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Point N 7: St. Sebastián's Church

It is a Mudejar building of three naves and trough-shaped roofs, with side chapels. We highlight its beautiful belfry and all the artistic creation by Pineda Calderón.

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Point N 8: Museum of the Town

It was opened on November 11, 2005 like a great centre of expositions, restoring an old industrial nave. Its main objective is the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage of the municipality.

Hours are 10:00 to 14:00 from Monday to Friday and from 18:00 to 21:00 from Tuesday to Friday. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12:00 to 14:00 and 19:00 to 21:00.

Point N 9: Oromana Park

It is Alcalá's green lung, known as the Pine Forest of Oromana. Along the route we will be able to see the different mills and the hermitage of San Roque placed on the highest point of the park from where there is one of the best views of the town.

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Point N 10: St. Roque

It is located on the hill of Oromana pine forest, popularly known as the Calvary, in the bank of the River Guadaíra. It has its origin in the Via Crucis that started from the convent of San Francisco.

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  • Zone: Town
  • Type: Urban
  • Length: 4Km
  • Difficulty: Low
  • It can be made: On Foot
  • Lasting: 3 hours on foot

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