Route of Washington Irving

From Sevilla to Granada

This route follows up the steps of the Romantic writer and American diplomat Washington Irving, who, in 1929 was amazed by the richness and exoticism of the Spanish-Muslim civilization.

It used to be a main communication route set centuries ago which, in the late Middle Ages became a commercial channel between the Christian Peninsular South and the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada. Like other ancient routes, it had a marked border character. When a truce was agreed, farming products and livestock would be taken to Granada and exchanged for spices, colourant, clothes and silk. Along its different stages, the route goes through lands with extraordinary landscapes and monumental richness, as well as spots, villages and towns full of historical, legendary and literary evocations.

This route connects the capital cities of the two traditional Andalusias, the High and the Low; two plains, Campiña and Vega, separated by a suggestive and rough journey. The route runs between Seville and Granada, the two essential stops of the Romantic tour that became the image of Andalusia in Europe from the beginning of the 19th century, attracting many artists, writers, and all sort of travellers.

The Route of Washington Irving follows along 250 km the A-92 dual carriageway between Seville and Granada, passing through Antequera. It also includes incursions into both sides of this central axis: in its beginning, to the north, it runs close to Carmona, Marchena and Écija; further on, it deviates to Montefrío and Íllora, also to the north; finally, it goes through Alhama de Granada, some kilometres to the south of the dual carriageway (A-92).

Itinerary:

Sevilla-Alcalá de Guadaira-Carmona-Écija-Marchena-Arahal-Osuna-Estepa-La Roda de Andalucía-Fuente de Piedra-Humilladero-Mollina-Antequera-Archidona-Loja-Huétor Tájar-Moraleda de Zafayona-Alhama de Granada-Montefrío-Íllora-Fuente Vaqueros-Chauchina-Santa Fe-Granada

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