We’re back with our second part of Sevilla. In the first part, we explored the charming old quarter through small alleys and unexpected turns, following a tourist map which, surprisingly, led us to surprising details!
After the Columbus monument, we strolled the road and arrived at a building which, on the map, was attributed as “Plaza de España”.
Plaza de España is Spanish for “Spain Square” and is part of the Parque de María Luisa. It features typical neo-mudejar architecture that is popular especially in the southern region of Spain. It was built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition that was held in Sevilla. Reddish pink is the color that dominates the square. As it faces west, it’s very recommended that you visit during sunset, as it becomes really beautiful.
In front of the building, in the same half-circular shape, you’ll find a small waterway and two bridges. By the end of the plaza, you can rent a small boat for 4 (or 6?) to cruise the whole plaza by water. It’s a unique way of enjoying the landscape of this pretty place 🙂 And in the center of the plaza, right across the main tower, there’s a fountain that lights up during the night.
Fun fact, Plaza de España might seem very familiar to you because it was used as the filming location of the Naboo palace in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
By the walls of the Plaza, we can find alcoves, nooks that are covered in ceramic tiles. Each nook represents a different province in Spain. These alcoves are especially popular with tourists, both local and international, to take photos with.
A pretty detail we loved about Plaza de España is that how exquisitely various architectural elements were covered in ceramic, hand-painted tiles.
We’ll see you on Tuesday with our third part of this lovely city!