The Roman Bética Route is one of the destinations that we can enjoy the most in winter on the peninsula. The climate of the south in winter is perfect to be able to enjoy some unforgettable days and to forget about the cold.
This route is not only for those enthusiastic about history, but for anyone who wants to enjoy the natural surroundings of Andalucia. The route goes through fourteen cities of the provinces of Sevilla, Cádiz and Córdoba. It passes through the most southern province of the Roman Hispania and covers lands through which the old Via Augusta runs through. This route includes landscapes of great geographic interes like the Natural Park of the Subbética Cordobesa, the Campiña, the Natural Park of the bay of Cádiz or the Guadalquivir Valley. Of course, what gets the tourists hooked are the archeological sites through which the route goes, La Puerta de Sevilla en Carmona, the city of Itálica, the cathedral of Cádiz and the walls of Marchena are some examples.
To do this route you can rent a car in Cádiz, at the airport of Sevilla or Córdoba. Even though you can do the route in one day, we recommend you take it easy and make the most of the views and landscapes. A good idea would be to organise the route in sections and stay in different rural hotels to make the most of this experience.
One example of how to do the route would be:
Start the route in Seville, from there you can set off to Itálica, and see with your own eyes, what the Betican emperors Trajano and Adriano contemplated 2000 years ago: the theatre, the amphitheatre, the everyday life of the Romans and a long etcetera. After having a snack go towards Carmona, to visit the Necrópolis, the city´s museum and the two Roman doorways; Sevilla´s and Córdoba´s, finishing your day enjoying a typical meal.
The next morning you will go towards the thousand-year Écija, to see its spectacular mosaics of its historical museum. There you will taste a traditional spinach meal, and for desert Marrocan sponges. To continue you will follow the old Via Augusta to take photographs and to visit the winding route of the Guadalquivir to where it goes through Almodóvar del Río, with its castle. Very near is Córdoba where you will see the Roman bridge, the doorway and the mosque. At sunset, the historical centre of Montoro looks like a medieval city and a Mudejar city, both full of narrow streets.
Soon you will arrive to Almedinilla, where we will visit the Villa del Ruedo, the Iberian town and its museum. As a must we will stop at Puente Genil to visit the Villa de Fuente Álamo. Afterwards we will go to Osuna, from where we mustn´t leave without first seeing the Colegiata, the monastery of Encarnación, its museums, its walls and its Roman sites. Once rested we will go to Cádiz, with a colonial and decadent air to it, where it is a must to visit the Roman theatre and the house of the bishop and its museums.