The town of Arahal is located over a hill to 117 metres above sea level, settling down a strip of land to the south-west of Sevilla demarcated by La Campiña, nature region and reserve characterized by its hills and plains and delimited by La Sierra Sur, Vega del Guadalquivir and Los Alcores. We must point out that, in its municipal district we can find the Air Base of Morón de la Frontera that has the same name as the nearby town, due to the proximity of this to the main access to it.
The history seems to goes back to the Roman Age due to the remains of tombstones and sarcophagus found with the name of Callicula, who was in favour of Ostipo.
The current name comes from the Arabic “Ard-Alil (grazing land). During the Arab domination it became an unimportant agricultural small village.
In 1248 it was conquered by Fernando III, serving as a strategic point for the conquest of Morón. Once its function has happened to the jurisdiction of Sevilla, later Sancho IV delivers it to the Order of Calatrava and then to the Order of Alcantara, which belonged to 1460, date on which it became part of the Marquis de Villena, being acquired later by the counts of Ureña.
In 1554 it obtained the title of village, becoming independent from Morón, with the permission of Charles I.
In the XVII century it was very important in lifting the Duque de Medinaceli, supporting it.
Parish Church of St. María Magdalena
Church of Ntra. Sra. de la Victoria
Church of El Santo Cristo de la Misericordia
Church of San Roque
Convent of Our Lady of the Rosary (The Nuns)
San Antonio de Padua Chapel
House of the Marqueses of la Peña de los Enamorados
The town of Arahal is famous because of its olives and its varied dishes such as las tagarninas esparragás, el potaje de garbanzos con bacalao, el cocido de calabaza and el potaje de chícharos.
As regards to its confectionery we can emphasize the tocino de cielo, las torrijas and los dulces de las Hermanas Dominicas.
How to get there
You have to exit Sevilla and take the Motorway A-92 towards Antequera. You have to pass near Alcalá de Guadaira, take the direction towards Arahal – Morón de la Frontera. In the area around El Arahal you have to turn right SE-435. Then turn left and you get Arahal.
Distances from Arahal
Sevilla 49 km
Utrera 27 km
Marchena 18 km
Carmona 28 km
Morón de la Frontera 19 km