Plaza de España – Seville, Spain
The Plaza de España is a plaza in the Parque de María Luisa, in Seville, Spain, built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. It is a landmark example of the Regionalism Architecture, mixing elements of the Baroque Revival, Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles of Spanish architecture.
The plaza is stunning in the morning hour light. We arrived around 7:30am and we had the entire square to ourselves. The tourists were still sleeping and the tour operators were not operating. It was peaceful, quiet, elegant and romantic. Golden hour was perfectly casting shadows in one spot and shining brightly on others. My favorite part of the square is the mosaic tiles that make up the benches lining the entire parkway.
This massive building is Seville’s most impressive, after the cathedral, for its sheer scale and grandeur. You shouldn’t miss it when visiting the city. It’s semi-circular brick building, Renaissance/neo-Moorish in style, with a tower at either end, tall enough to be visible around the city.
In front of the building, following the curve of its façade, is a 500-metre canal crossed by four bridges, and in the centre of it all is the Plaza itself. You can rent small boats to row in the canal – the Plaza is known as “the Venice of Seville”. A major tourist attraction, it is the finishing point of many horse and carriage rides I talked about earlier.
We spent awhile here just taking photographs and enjoying the calm Sevillian morning. This would be a perfect spot to enjoy your coffee in the morning and just daydream or people watch. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and would’ve came back at sunset if time permitted. Unfortunately our time in Seville was short, so maybe next time!
Our next stop on the day’s list of activities was to check out another popluar neighborhood, Seville’s Old City district. I wanted to see the newly completed Metropol Parasol in person. Pictures do not do the structure justice, it’s massive and very cool. It’s described as the largest wooden structure in the world. Designed by German architect Jurgen Mayer-Hermann, the building features six gigantic umbrella-shaped structures made of birch wood imported from Finland. Nicknamed Las Setas de la Encarnacion, or Incarnacion’s Mushrooms, the modern design has spurred almost as much controversy as the building’s exorbitant price tag. Delays and changes in building methods doubled the estimated cost of 50 million euros. The structure is home to a marketplace, an antiquarian, a restaurant and an open air plaza.
We did not pay the entrance fee to walk the path on top of Metropol Parasol, mostly to save on our wine budget. Which brings me to our next stop…
Lama La Uva is a place where wines are tasted and discovered that change your day, year or life. The wisdom of good living. Wines to give to others. Wines that unite couples, families and friends.
We thought it would be a great idea to try a flight of their white wines. They were very good if you like a blend of sweet and dry wine. The price of a flight and some snacks were around $12US. We ended up taking a bottle with us and it cost us $6US. Super cheap, but delicious. We were fortunate we were able to walk in and get a break from the heat to just sit and relax. As the only couple there, we took our time, had a few laughs and were living in the moment.
There is one thing about walking around in the Mediterranean sun at the end of summer. It is exhausting. The heat beats you up and soaking up all that vitamin D makes for a great siesta. Our balcony at Seville Luxury Rentals was perfect for getting some shut-eye and enjoy the rooftop breeze. Have to say, it was one of my all-time favorite naps!
After all the walking and our siesta, our stomachs caught up with us. It was well into the evening as we searched Google to find a splendid place to eat. And splendid it was, Oh my lord. The best, and I mean the best, pizza I have ever had. *drools*
Where to Eat in Seville Spain
La Gallina Bianca in Seville Spain, I will never forget you. The farm fresh to table chic restaurant was quaint. Never would you know the food coming out was some of the best in the world. Now, you are thinking, an Italian restaurant in the heart of Spain… the best pizza in the world? YES, I’m telling you, it’s the best pizza you will ever have. The crust was like the most fluffiest-french bread you’ve ever had. Except, it was airy, slapped with a glaze of butter and melted in your mouth. The gooey mozzarella combo of cheese was so fresh, I could taste the farm nearby. The light and sweet tomato based sauce was perfectly covering every inch of the thin-based mouth watering crust.
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Seville, or Sevilla as the locals pronounce it, is famous for flamenco dancing. And boy, were we treated to one of the most authentic shows in all of Spain. This club is such a secret, that I promised the locals I would not tell of its exact location. What I can tell you is that we walked about a half mile from our Seville Luxury Hotels AirBnb to get there.
Inside was small and there was a bar that people were lined up at for the night’s special. The seating was picnic style tables elongated throughout the space. There was no AC and it was hotter than hell. So hot, that we almost left. But, once the show started, you forgot where you were and how hot it was because the dancers just brought you in. They brought you into their world and they never let up. One song, right into the next with fluidity. The show last only 20 minutes at a time because of the intensity of the dancing. We stayed for two spectacular 20 minute shows and then decided to give our seats up to somebody else so they could enjoy it.
Continue reading to hear what we did on our day trip from Seville to Cordoba!