The past weeks in Seville have been beautiful, warm, sunny days. So I took one of the latest books I’m reading and headed to what is probably Seville’s prettiest park: Parque de María Luisa. Part of the park includes the famous Plaza de España — a sweeping semi-circuclar building. It was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition and seems to be a mix of Renaissance Revival architecture, with some touches of art deco.
Upon walking up to the Plaza de España, it at first seems kind of boring. Like yet another old building in Europe. But when you get closer—that’s when it hits you. This plaza is beautiful. Small alcoves line the plaza, each meticulously detailed with scenes and maps of the various Spanish provinces. On a hot day, Sevillianos seem to just leisurely spend their time here, sitting among the ceramic-tiled alcoves, or walking through the colonnaded interior.
The Plaza de España has such a reputation for beauty that it’s even been used for various cinema scenes, notably Lawrence of Arabia and the newer editions of Star Wars. I can definitely see why this is one of Seville’s major tourist attractions. I do actually remember visiting the place on my first time to Seville, but then it was the height of summer when it was just excruciatingly hot. I’m lucky to be here in Seville during winter because there are far fewer tourists, but just as many things to do. (And sunshine, too!)
One of Seville’s Tourist Attractions: Plaza de España
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