Living in Écija
Ecija has approximately 45,000 inhabitants. First a Roman, then Moorish town, it has many narrow, winding cobbled streets in the old centre, with ancient family palaces and convents still in use. Écija is famous for its hot weather and many baroque and renaissance churches.
A rented furnished flat can cost between 300€ and 450 €/month, depending on the size and location. Help is given in finding suitable accommodation.
Local shops have a wide selection of goods and there are plenty of places to choose from, both traditional and modern. Fresh local produce is readily available in the daily market. There is also a large, busy weekly market selling clothes and household goods, a variety of large brand supermarkets and a modern shopping centre.
What to do
There are a large number of tapas bars and several good Spanish restaurants as well as a Chinese and other takeaways. There are also a variety of pubs and clubs. Ecija has a lively theatre, a multi-screen cinema, art and exhibition galleries, a public library and two sports complexes, well-equipped gyms and a large heated swimming pool.The local history and archaeology museum exhibits internationally acclaimed Roman sculptures and mosaics. It also hosts conferences and concerts and is the departure point for guided tours around the town.
Ecija is a town of festivities, and celebrations. The flamenco festival and fair in September, Christmas and the Three Kings Parade, Carnival in February, Holy Week processions at Easter and the Sun Festival of local bands in May are just some of the many cultural activities available.
You can also learn to dance flamenco or salsa, support the local 2nd division football team or join one of the many clubs or associations catering for all kinds of different interests.
Seville is an hour bus ride away for shopping and sightseeing. The beaches and Natural Parks in Cadiz, Huelva and Malaga are two to three hours drive away, and the Sierra Morena, the mountains separating Andalusia from central Spain are thirty minutes drive to the north. The land around Ecija is agricultural, with wheat, sunflowers, cotton and olives as the main crops.
Ecija is situated in the centre of western Andalusia between Seville and Cordoba. The nearest airport is Seville where there are Ryanair flights to London Stansted and Gatwick Liverpool, and Easyjet to Gatwick.There are motorway links to Cordoba, Granada, Malaga and Seville, a regular bus service to Seville (90kms.) and a reduced one to Cordoba (50kms). Car hire is available from Seville and Córdoba train stations. It’s possible to walk everywhere in Ecija, although there is a local bus service.
Cost of living
A nice meal out: 20€, a take-away: 7€, a drink: 1.50€, a visit to the cinema: 5,50 €, a beer and tapas: 4€.
This first video is the result of a calling on Facebook for all the clubs, associations and cultural groups in Écija to turn up at the main square one Saturday in March to make a “lipdub” to the sound of the song “Hace Calor”, in Spanish “It’s hot!”. Judge the results yourself, the participants had a ball.
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Easter in Écija.
Promotional video of Official Écija Tourism.