To the east of Seville and closer to the ancient capital of the Caliphate of Cordova that from the current capital of Andalusia, Écija rises.
Écija is beautiful. Its Roman, Visigothic and Arab past left an indelible mark that has turned this population that rests in the Genil Valley into one that no traveler should miss. It is also called the city of Las Torres, since they are no less than eleven, the domes of churches and palaces that greet the morning sun rising above the other buildings.
On our tour of the Path of Passion route, I must choose Écija among the 3 villages that I liked the most. These are some of the things to see in Écija.
On the outskirts of Écija there is a place that is synonymous with Spanish thoroughbred horses. There are many connoisseurs who affirm that Stud Cardenas has given the equestrian world some of the best horses in the world. They have left their stables 9 champions of Spain and some Olympic participant, as Cardenas fire. Only the suggestive name attracted me, but his imposing figure did more. He no longer competes for an injury that could not heal well.
These particularities - and many others - told us the great Rafael Silván.
Rafael is one of those eloquent, funny and charismatic guys that you could put to teach or sell anything, with the assurance that everyone will be delighted. But he is fascinated by horses. He always liked them. Riding teacher for more than 40 years, he decided to retire (although he confessed that he still dares to teach some ladies) as the greats - on the cusp - and derive his work towards other aspects of the stud, in which there is so much to make.