Maria Luisa Park & Plaza de Espana

Plaza de espana

Plaza de espana

Today was our first full day in Seville. We had a lovely breakfast buffet in the hotel and set off to walk all the major sites in one day. The weather was lovely, the high was 75 degrees today. We were a bit early for the 11:00 opening of the cathedral (see the next post) so we hiked over to the east to the Plaza de Espana.

One of the twin towers around the plaza

One of the twin towers around the plaza

It is a huge semicircle with a large fountain. In the center, canals running around the ring with beautifully tiled blue and white bridges.

Thetmp_21002-IMG_20170328_1134089761587709285 very outer ring has a curving 3 story set of terraces and at the base of the structure are tiled alcoves for each of the major cities in Spain. We took a picture in Madrid alcove.

A lot of cool traditional tile work is all around.

A lot of cool traditional tile work is all around.

We enjoying seeing a flamenco dancer performing as well as a guy making huge bubbles.

Random gazebo in the park

Random gazebo in the park

After taking a zillion pictures in this very impressive plaza we walked the semishaded Maria Luisa park. Sweet orange blossoms abound as well as atual fruit ladened orange trees. Every corner revealed a new water feature, pond, fountain etc. Most of the ponds had fist size gold fish or legitimate koi/carp. I can see the park providing the city a peaceful and cooler respite in the height of summer heat.

tmp_21002-IMG_20170328_1152253111455313301We saw lots of blooming wisteria, bird of paradise, palms, calalilies and several fragrant flowering bushes I am not familiar with. The (loud) green parrots seemed to prefer the palm trees, squawking up a storm as they flew between them.

Lots of water features on the park

Lots of water features on the park

The park was also lined with beautifully tiled, blue, yellow, white benches which were nice and cool to sit on. After a nice long walk in the park we headed back to visit the Seville cathedral. More on that in the next post.