Thanks to its wealth of monuments Carmona is a natural film set, with hotels fit for movie stars included.
The elegant town of Carmona, near Seville, has a special quality which has made it a favorite destination for the discerning independent traveller.
Aside from its outstanding Roman necropolis, one of the largest in the world, the town boasts a wealth of medieval fortifications, impressive walls and arched gateways, monasteries, convents and churches, and stately town palaces. Thanks to this immaculately preserved monumental heritage, Carmona has a powerful attraction for film-makers seeking interesting locations. In 1999, for example, it was the setting for a movie titled Nadie conoce a nadie, the latest of more than 20 feature films to be shot here. This has inspired the local authorities to establish the Carmona Film Office, the only one of its kind in Andalusia. The bureau, under the auspices of the Andalusian Film Commission (part of the Association of Film Commissioners International), aims to attract more film companies to the town by offering information and logistical assistance.
To cater to the movie stars, Carmona has plenty of hotel stars. No other Andalusian town can boast such a proportionally high level of luxury hotel accommodation, including its recently-refurbished Parador and the palatial Casa de Carmona. With the opening in 1999 of the 68-room Alcazar de la Reina, 75% of Carmonas hotel capacity falls within the four-to-five star category.
The Parador features a romantic setting amidst the ruins of a medieval Alcazar, with peerless views over the countryside. Casa de Carmona, installed in a restored 16th-century palace, offers guests an enclosed world surrounded by priceless antiques.
The new Alcazar de la Reina adds a new dimension to the mix. It is installed in a stately building in Carmonas historical old quarter, but within it is equipped with every modern luxury, from the bright, elegant public areas, to the spacious, comfortable rooms. It also offers something that was lacking in Carmona: ample facilities for conventions and business meetings. For those who prefer pleasure to work, there is also a swimming pool in one of the hotels inner patios, and a restaurant offering tasty Andalusian and Italian dishes.
Oficina de Turismo (tourist information office) - E-mail: [email protected]. Website: www.andal.es/carmona
Hotel Alcazar de la Reina - E-mail: [email protected]. Website: www.alcazar-reina.es
Parador de Carmona - Website: www.parador.es
Casa de Carmona - E-mail: [email protected]. Website: www.casadecarmona.com
Nearest airport: Seville (15 miles, 25 km)
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