Mairena del Aljarafe is located 7 kilometres southwest of Seville, the capital of Andalusia in southern Spain. It is accessible by car (10 min.), the Underground (15 min.), bus and bicycle.
Mairena has a population of more than 40,000 people. The largest age group is people between 25-35 years of age. This town has had steady growth since the early 1990s when the housing for the Universal Exposition in Seville (Expo ‘92) was built here. With the arrival of the Underground in 2009, this growth has continued.
Mairena has grown not only in population but also in services. The Metromar shopping centre has many national and international shops and restaurants as well as a cinema which shows some original version films. There are 2 health centers, 11 primary and 4 secondary schools, several sports centres and libraries and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants.
Although Mairena is a modern town, it holds on to its traditions. The Phoenicians, Romans and Moors farmed this land until Ferdinand conquered it for the Catholic Kings in 1248. Mairena has numerous religious processions each year, makes a pilgrimage to el Rocío during Pentecost, celebrates a fair at the end of June, etc. It also has monuments like the Prussian Arch, the Church of San Ildefonso and the Hacienda Porzuna.