Wednesday 27 April 2016

A Trip to Seville: Plaza de España

Time for another virtual visit to Seville!

On our final day in the city, we visited the Plaza de España.


This is a large, semi-circular space, built in the 1920s for an international exhibition (world's fair) held in the city. It's now mostly government buildings and, of course, is a big tourist attraction.

The Plaza de España is located at the edge of the Parque de María Luisa (Maria Luisa Park). We got a little lost and ended up walking through quite a bit of the park to get the the Plaza. It was lovely walking down these shady avenues on such a hot day.

The Plaza itself is huge and very theatrical. I've never been anywhere quite like it. Apparently it was used as a location in one of the Star Wars prequels which seems very fitting as this is a very fantastical space.


There are buildings all around the curve of the semicircle, with archways and balconies galore.


In front of the buildings is a curved canal, where you can rent charming little rowboats  The canal is crossed by four bridges decorated with colourful ceramics.

Aren't they lovely? There are also 48 alcoves (one for each of Spain's provinces) decorated with ceramic tiles- you can just make them out in this photo.

Sadly I was feeling a little under the weather on the last day of our trip, so we didn't spend as much time as we'd hoped looking round this unique space but I'm really glad we got the chance to see it.

This might have been our last day in Seville, but I've still got more photos to share with you guys soon. In the meantime, if you missed it, you can read about my visit to Seville's Metropol Parasol, aka "the mushrooms".


Amy at love made my home said...

The architecture is amazing and the bridges are especially incredible aren't they! Glad you had a great time on your visit there.

Jos van KloskaCreAtief! said...

Seville is such a lovely city and I LOVE Plaza d'Espana!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Amy - we had a really lovely few days :)

Jos - I hope I get a chance to visit the city again!