The Villa de Pilas is located in the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula in the autonomous community of Andalucía, in the southern boundary which most central point is located at coordinates 37 ° 18 ‘north latitude and 06 º 17 ‘west longitude.
The municipal area limits to the north with the towns of Huévar and Chucena, to the east with Aznalcázar, south with Villamanrique de la Condesa and the West with Hinojos, as part of the province of Huelva.
Administratively, Pilas has right of Villa, and the term covers an area of 45’94 km2, is formed roughly by a wide and irregular rectangle with North – South orientation, supplemented by two arms to the north, one facing Northwest, known as Perú and shaped like a narrow rectangle irregular, and the other oriented to the east, known as Robaína, more or less with a circular shape.
From a geographical point of view and landscape, the area is among the regions of Aljarafe, the Northeast and the Lower Guadalquivir (Las Marismas), to the south and northwest with the natural region of “El Condado de Niebla” or The county, also known as “Campo de Tejada”, being in the right side of the river basin Guadiamar, whose channel empties through two streams that limit the term, Alcarayón Eastern Creek, which joins the river in the area known as “La Patera”, shortly before the latter enters the marsh, and the West the one of Pilas, which poured nowadays its waters to the river and the marshes, by North of a redirection Entremuros, known as “Caño de la Cigüeña”.
The first known human settlements date back from the Celtiberian age.
During the Roman period it was also a place of settlement that belonged to the Convento Jurídico Hispalense.
In the period of Al-Andalus it was known with the name of Pilias. It would then when it began to party as town established around a “Qubba” that still remains. It was also a Muslim place of small farmhouses. The tiles that had by the river Alcarayón would lead to the actual urban settlement.
After the Christian conquest, in the second half of the XIII century, Alfonso X changes its name by the one of Torre del Rey.
It will begin to gain importance in the XV century. King John II of Castile granted pasture land to the village in the municipality of Aznalcázar, because of the importance of livestock production.
Being a transit towards Mures (Villamanrique) Omnius (Hinojos) and Aznalcázar he made that were built drinking troughs or “piles” for livestock.
The development of a fledgling industry in the first third of the XX century would make this town a place of increasing importance.
Ntra. Sra. de Belen Chapel
Hacienda del Marques de la Motilla
Torres de Molino
Chapel of El Sagrado Corazón de Jesús
Santa Cruz del Humilladero
Casa de Don Pedro
Casa de Juan de la Rosa
Hacienda de la Avda. Juan Carlos I
Jardines de Medina
Pilas has a rich cuisine based primarily on olive oil and the Mediterranean diet, without forgetting that we are on the ledge Atlantic and therefore maintains a strong influence on the coast of Doñana and its products, clams, fish and seafood. Thus, the fruits of the earth: tomatoes, peppers, onions, beans and other garden products or those not grown farm products such as asparagus, taganninas, vinagreras (spinach) or thistles. Hunting also plays an important role as deer, wild boar, hare, rabbit or duck as the greylag goose and mallard, above, specifically linked to olive oil and spices like thyme, bay leaf and oregano.
Key elements of the table in Pilas are: marinated o cooked olives, salad and fried fish.
The typical dishes is the suckling pig, mojadillo, papocha, marinated tomatoes, pickled olives, refried beans, clams in salda, steamed clams, etc.
How to get there
From Sevilla: Once you have reached Sevilla you should access the SE-30, which will address: A-49, Highway Sevilla – Huelva. Once you leave the motorway at exit 16 (approx. 20 min. from Sevilla) to Sanlúcar la Mayor / Benacazón. This exit is opposite the Hotel Andalusi Park. You enter Benacazón and then to Aznalcázar. Without going into Aznalcázar, we get Pilas.
Distances from Pilas
Camas 30 km
Sevilla 32 km
Aznalcázar 5,5 km
Coria del Río 27 km
La Puebla del Río 30 km
Sanlúcar la Mayor 17 km
Castilleja del Campo 12 km
Bollullos de la Mitación 17 km