Carmona is only 20 minutes from the villa and I always recommend a visit there to guests who want a half day trip so they can enjoy a lie by the pool and a leisurely dinner after days of hectic sightseeing!
The beauty of the drive up the hill to this ancient fortified town is worth the visit but the breathtaking views from the top are amazing. South and north are huge flat plains patchworked with fields of grain crops, olives and sunflowers so you can understand why it was a strategic military point. Invading soldiers could be spotted from 30 miles away! The only problem was water supply but the Romans used large rainwater collectors to remedy that. Necessity is the Mother of invention.
There is a tourist eco-friendly electric bus and the driver is very knowledgeable. He speaks English, French and Spanish and works for tips. He will show you the original Roman gate, the monastery, the ancient marketplace, town walls and much more. He turns around at the top of the town at the Government owned Parador Hotel. For those who don’t know them, Paradors are 4* hotels in beautiful Spanish landmark buildings and worth a visit. A walk around the town will reveal further gems, including a Roman Necropolis. For further information visit the Tourist Centre at the main gate. After your tour take an hour or more to enjoy coffee and tapas in the town plaza (square) in the beautiful surroundings. Relax Spanish style before a trip around the lovely shops and then back down the hill for further spectacular views. All my guests come back telling me what a wonderful time they had.