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Route of Washington Irving




  • Seville Town Hall.

The American writer Washington Irving decided to visit Andalusia in 1829, attracted by its exoticism. We suggest following in the footsteps of this author by going on a journey that will take you to palaces, churches, fortresses and buildings with a Muslim influence.


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Route of Washington Irving


Itinerary: From Seville to Granada

  • Seville. We suggest you take your time when visiting this city. One of the highlights here is the Torre del Oro (Gold Tower), which was part of the city's defences; the impressive palaces and gardens of the Royal Alcázar; and the Cathedral with the Giralda tower and the Orange Tree Courtyard. If you take a walk through the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, you'll find the house where Irving lived, at number 2 in the narrow street that goes by the name of Agua (water). Other places not to be missed are the Jewish quarter, and Triana neighbourhood.
  • Alcalá de Guadaíra and Carmona. In Alcalá de Guadaíra you can visit the castle that dates back to Arab times, and the Church of Nuestra Señora del Águila. Then you can go to Carmona to see the Puerta de Sevilla gate, the Alcázar de Arriba (Upper Fortress) and the Church of Santa María.
  • Écija. Famous for its many Baroque monuments, the town preserves sections of the old Arab fortified defence walls and towers.
  • Osuna. One of its main attractions is the historic quarter. Traces of its Muslim past can be seen in the Torre del Agua (Water Tower) and the citadel.
  • Estepa, La Roda de Andalucía, Fuente de Piedra, Humilladero and Mollina. In these towns you can find beautiful traditional architecture and stunning countryside.
  • Antequera, Archidona and Loja. Don't miss the Moorish castles and walls in these three towns.
  • Huétor Tájar and Moraleda de Zafayona. In Huétor Tájar there is an irrigation system handed down from the Moorish period; and in Moraleda de Zafayona you can see the Cerro de la Mora ridge archaeological site.
  • Alhama de Granada. It preserves remains from its Muslim past, such as the tower of Torresolana, the old Pósito synagogue, and the Arab baths, which you reach by crossing a beautiful natural gorge.
  • Fuente Vaqueros. Did you know that this town is the birthplace of the poet Federico García Lorca and the playground of Nasrid monarchs?
  • Granada. The Alhambra and the Generalife gardens are the perfect place to finish this route.

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Route of Washington Irving


Practical information

How to complete the route:
By car

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
The road trip is a comfortable one, and the distances between stops are also quite short (generally between 25 and 50 kilometres). This itinerary, which forms part of the Routes of the Al-Andalus heritage, has been designated a Major Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.