Last year around Christmas, I was lucky enough to travel to Spain with my whole family. I had been to Spain in the past but only the southeastern part of the country (Barcelona, Alicante, etc). I didn’t have the best impression of Spain after the last time I was there. Long story short: I was robbed, got separated from my friends and had to wander for hours to get back, and just didn’t feel that safe. So, needless to say, I didn’t have high expectations of this trip. To be honest, I think that really helped.
I LOVED Sevilla. It had such a great vibe, friendly locals, and seemed like a place where people actually live. Does that make sense? I guess in places that have more “touristy” things to do like Barcelona, you typically don’t see much of the locals. That was the opposite in Sevilla. I felt like I got to be a part of their daily life for the time we were there and I really liked that. I’m going to be sharing some of the things we did and saw in Sevilla. There are things in Sevilla that I think are must dos but you could also spend your day just wandering and “seeing” nothing at all. We did a lot of both!
One of the most beautiful places in Sevilla has to be Plaza de España. The Plaza was built in 1929 for the Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair. With a gorgeous exterior complete with canal to the stunning tile work inside, you won’t be disappointed with this place. We spent about an hour wandering around so it’s easy to do even if you’re short on time. We walked there from our apartment but you could also take a horse-drawn carriage if you so chose! Get ready for lots of photos because it’s hard to take a bad one. I hope you enjoy Plaza de España!
Start by climbing the stairs to get an aerial view of the Plaza from one of the balconies on the first floor.
Head back down and out to explore the main part of the Plaza. We were there in winter and the weather was pretty mild but I bet this would be a great spot for a picnic when the weather is warm enough!
Facing the canal are 48 alcoves with benches, one for each province of Spain. Each bench is covered in colorful azulejos (painted ceramic tiles) which represents significant scenes from that province. If your family is of Spanish decent, make sure you research which province they came from so you can take your photo there!
Cross one of the four bridges over the canal towards the fountain. Each of the four bridges represents one of the ancient kingdoms of Spain: Castille, Aragon, Navarre and Leon.
Be sure to stop and admire the beautiful azulejos that adorn each bridge!
There was a street entertainer that was blowing tons of bubbles the day we were there and it made for a magical sight. My nieces had a blast running after them too!
Head around the fountain to get a different view of the Plaza. This is a pedestrian only area so you can walk around without worries. Just avoid the horse manure!
If you’re in Sevilla or planning a trip to Spain, I hope this post sways you to go to the Plaza de España. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below. More posts on Sevilla to come soon!