Plaza de Espana, Sevilla
Taking walks all over Seville is what I enjoy the most. I call it a "perfect walking city" since I felt I could just go on and on, walking anywhere, and still enjoy every bit of the city.
Fondest memory: Spending a quiet afternoon in Plaza de Espana, watching the crowds go by and spending the afternoon, sitting quietly, observing every bit of this amazing plaza.
Another night view.
This square was inaugurated in 1929, it was constructed due to the Exposicion Iberoamericana.
Curiosity: It was digitally added as a background to one scene of Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
New blossoming of Seville is connected with International Ibero-Americana exhibition which took place there in 1929.
In 1992 Seville became one of the centers of celebrating of the 500 anniversary of the discovery of America. There has passed world Expo-1992.
All along the facade of the main building are beautiful tiled benches, representing the Provinces of Spain. The benches pictured here are of : Barcelona - Albacete - Alicante - Avila and the Monuments in Seville.
By the way, these are just a few of the dozens of tiled benches that can be found in front and all around the Plaza de Espana.
Against the front facade of the main building, you will find beautiful tiled benches representing the Provinces of Spain. The first five tiled benches represent Cadiz - Canarias - Caceres - Burgos and Balearics.
Right in front of the tiled benches, there are tiled maps showing where the Province is located in Spain.
Azulejos are glazed tiles in lovely colors. They are strong, cool in summer and for those reason everywhere in Seville. The art of making them is brought to Spain by the Moors. The word azulejos comes from the Arab word az-zulayj (stone). Origianlly it was used to make colorfull mosaics with little stones of one color. The colors the Moors used were blue,green,black, white and ochre.
Later the art of glazing was further developped and the tiles had several colors in one tile and even entire pictures were glazed on a tile.
The tiles in the pictures are on a balustrade in front of the Plaza de Espana. Here you can find some great examples of the azulejos. More pictures can be found in our Plaza de Espagna travelogue.
Fondest memory: Around the vicinity of Plaza De Espana, there are many interesting buildings such as those pictured above & some of them are those of Plaza de America, Pabellon de Chile, Pabellon de Uruguay & the Neo-Renaissance Pabellon de las Bellas Artes which houses the provincial Museo Arqueologico, which we never get to visit on a tour! You have to go on your own, such a wasted trip :-(( ; but luckily for all of us, there are many architectural wonders in Spain!
Favorite thing: Absolutely see PLAZA DE ESPANA (actually I've got no choice over this matter, I go where my guide brings me ;-) & she's the beautiful Victoria, you'll see more of her later!): The plaza's ground is a donation from Princess Maria Luisa to the city in 1893 & landscaped by Jean Forestier. Here, you can see the beauty of many paintings on ceramic tiles depicting regional scenes.
Favorite thing: By coming out at night you will be able to enjoy the place almost to yourself as most tourists are packed away on their tour buses and off to have dinner or whatever. You will also be able to take your time to appreciate what you are seeing without the heat of the hot sun bearing down on you.
Favorite thing: The plaza is a huge complex where hours can be spent wandering the gardens and buildings. The detail in the buildings is fantastic although it has seen better days and unfortunately is in a state of disrepair.
Stroll around the city.Speak with the local people. You will soon realize that they are very helpful and hospitable.
I remember the first time I was there, one friend of mine and I, we wanted to go to El Corte Ingles. I asked one old man in the street, he was the only man in the street during the siesta time (fortunately I speak Spanish) how to go there. He explained to me, I expressed my thanks and we started to go to the bus stop.Some metres later, we stopped to discuss. The old man saw us, he thought that probably didn't understand the was to go to El Corte Ingles, he came back to explain to me from the beginning.We really appreciated it!
Don't forget to buy an "abanico" and "castanuelas".
For more information:
Oficinas De Turismos del Ayuntamiento de Sevilla
1. Centro de Informacion de Sevilla
C/ Arjona, 28 (Naves del Barranco)
Tel: 95 450 56 00
2. Oficina de Turismo
Paseo de las Delicias,9 (Costurero de la Reina)
Tel: 95 423 44 65
Not too far away is the splendid Plaza de Espana consisting of a semi-circular stretch of arcaded brick-faced building and a lovely fountain at its centre packed with hungry doves, rendering a perfect backdrop on a picture when they are almost overshadowed by twilight. A boating pond spanned by small bridges forms its diameter.
I love this place best in Sevilla. We had a short tour on the horse carriages around the Plaza de España, Parque de María Luisa, and Plaza de América. It was a romantic experience. :-)
Oh yes, there's a scene in Star Wars Episode 2 being shot here! No wonder the place looks familiar when I was watching the movie......
PLAZA DE ESPAÑA
Representative of much of the regional architecture, this magnificent construcion is highlighted with polychromatic ceramic tiles. The semicircular plaza has a diametre of two hundred metres and is flanked by two spectacular towers and a bordering lake that are especially worth seeing.
Plaza de España has been one of the sceneries for episode II of George Lucas' STAR WARS saga: Attack of the clones
Fondest memory: Picture take from
Stroll along the Guadalquivir and drink manzanilla and eat boquerones at the Kiosco de las Flores (next to the Puente de San Telmo in Triana).
Fondest memory: Paseando. This is the Spanish art of strolling, with no particular route or destination in mind. Sevilla is the most perfect city for doing this as you will always discover some new little rinconcito (corner) that you never noticed before and you will surely make a new friend.