The municipality of Marinaleda is situated in the southeastern area of the province of Seville, in the land of transition between La Campina and the Sierra Sur in the comarca (region) of Estepa. Its population in 1996 was 2,622 inhabitants, of which approximately 2/3 were residing in the village. The only other village within the municipality is Matarredonda.
On the origin of its name there are several theories: one comes from the Latin Maiorinus, but others think it relates to Marina and possibly to the Muslim name of Benimerines.
The first known settlements date from prehistoric times to the remains found in the Chalcolithic artificial caves.
From the Roman period some remains have been found and possibly from the passing of a Roman road.
Church of Our Lady of Hope: The parish church has artistic images, a Jesus Nazareno and Virgen de los Dolores (Our Lady of Sorrows), both seventeenth century, as well as one of the name of the church, Our Lady of Hope. There is also an old table, representing Calvary, XVII century.
From Seville along the A-92 to Estepa, where you have to take the exit on the SE 737.
From Malaga by the A 92 until Estepa, where you have to take the exit on the SE 737.
From Cordoba along the IV (E-5) to Ecija, where you take the A 388.
Distances from Marinaleda
Ecija 27 km
Osuna 22 km
Estepa 13 km
Sevilla 135 km
Lucena 48 km
Luisiana 41 km
Marchena 45 km
Antequera 65 km
Puente Genil 23 km
La Lantejuela 27 km