Espartinas is located in the western sector of the province of Sevilla, belonging to the region of Aljarafe. In 1996 it had a population of 4,160 inhabitants.
The first data on Espartinas are from Roman times, as at this stage belong the rich archaeological finds, spread all over the municipal area.
There were villages that later became Muslim centres such as Megina, Loreto, Paterna, Villalvillao or Tablantes.
There is no unanimity of criteria about the origin of its name. Some say that it comes from Spolentium, place name that would give the Roman soldiers from the city of Spolleto, others assume that its antecedent is the toponym Spartus, being very abundant this plant in the place where the town was founded, and finally more deeply rooted among the population seems derivative of Espartales, where survivors were transferred Paterna de San Bartolomé after a serious outbreak of plague, founding a new town.
In 1249 it has already Espartinas as such, because we know that King Ferdinand III decided to change its name to the monasteries but he cannot get it. It was conquered from the Moors by the Military Order of San Juan, commanded by Garcí Pérez de Vargas.
In 1281 the inhabitants of Espartinas took part in the famous battle of Baeza and due to their great heroism, King Alfonso X granted the village of Espartinas the use of real weapons added to the Cross of Malta and the eight blades of the battle in Baeza.
From the late XIII century, it enjoyed the Royal Charter confirmed in the next century by King Alfonso XI. In the XV century Espartinas neighbours took part in the noble struggle between the Duke of Arcos and Lord of Marchena, being supporters of the latter. In the XVIII Diego Caballero de Cabrera was lord of the town.
Church of La Asunción
Convent of Loreto
Hacienda de Tablante
Hacienda de Mejina
Hacienda de la Fortuna
Hacienda de Ntra. Sra. de la Merced
Hacienda de Ntra. Sra. de los Remedios
In Espartinas there are well known its wines, including the wine of Pata Cabra, and its stews of meat and fish: here comes the Iberian chacina, fish and fresh seafood from Huelva, Iberian meat and oxtail. Exquisite and original dishes such as chick peas with shrimp, artichokes with prawns and pine nuts or rice with partridge, charcoal-grilled peppers, cod “to the Tinaja, beef stew, menudo and all kinds of homemade meals (cakes, desserts, etc) are prepared here each day to the tastes of the consumers.
There are also, in a purely town from Sevilla, the most typical tapas (a variety of sandwiches, sirloin to the whiskey, menudo, stew …) and basic foods such as gazpacho and garnished with spinach.
How to get there
You have to exit Sevilla, in the area around Camas, take: E-1 / A-49 towards Camas-Huelva-A49. Pass near Camas and take the exit: exit 4/3-Castilleja de la Cuesta-Gines-Bormujos. In Castilleja de la Cuesta, at the roundabout, take exit 3 and follow: A-472 heading to Huelva. Alleyway of Ginés and you get Espartinas.
Distances from Espartinas
Camas 11 km
Utrera 55 km
Sevilla 12 km
Huelva 80 km
Tomares 8,5 km
Bormujos 6,5 km
Mairena del Aljarafe 10 km