A Day At The Maria Luisa Park In Seville
We arrived in Seville well after midnight. So the start to our 4 days in Seville was slow. We planned to wander the Maria Luisa Park in Seville and just take it easy. Little did we know that this large green space held so much to see! We walked for over 10,000 steps on our “easy” day!
Our hotel provided directions for our walk and off we went. The directions included a comment that the walk had lots of shade. We saw the sign that said that the temperature was 36℃ (97℉). And we understood why finding shelter from the sun was so important as we walked. We moved from shade to shade when we arrived to wander the Maria Luisa Park.
Stopping At The Pabellon Mudejay
We started to wander the Maria Luisa Park at the gate by the Pabellon Mudejay. This was on my list of things to see. The building was built in the early 1900’s in an architectural movement that drew from periods of the past. It was the first but not the last we saw of Mudejar architecture as we toured Seville and Spain. We wandered around this interesting building and caught views from various sides.
We heard the clop clop of horses as we stopped to admire this first stop. Horse and carriage rides were offered through the park. This should have been our first clue as to how big this park really was!
Fun At the Pigeon Park
When our hotel concierge circled spots on our map, he marked the pigeon park. That was the next place we stopped.
As we approached we heard the squeals. There was a small stand to buy pigeon food. When we sprinkled only a small amount of food we immediately were surrounded by a large flock of pigeons. This was a popular spot for families to stop But we were not sure if everyone really liked the feeling of being surrounded by hungry birds!
Once the birds had their fill, they picked a spot close by to sun themselves. Their next meal was not long to come.
Wander The Maria Luisa Park
When we looked at a map of Seville, we found a lot of green space. The Maria Luisa Park was the largest park at about 100 acres. It ran along the Guadalquivir River. Wandering around the Maria Luisa Park we found walkways, gardens, fountains and lush greenery. A wide range of flowers were in bloom. We saw trees filled with ripe oranges.
Trellised benches were littered with books. And fountains offered colourful and artistic displays. A pond and gazebo in the park offered a respite from the heat. Ducks and other water fowl waddled the paths and played in the water.
At one point we walked over to the Guadalquivir River. We saw the tour boats as they went up and down the river.
Heading back towards the main part of Maria Luisa Park we stopped to look at statues posed in the greenery. Of course, we had a little fun with the statues!
We Finished Up At The Plaza de Espana
When you wander the Maria Luisa Park, you can exit the greenery at the Plaza de Espana. This building was originally built to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits. Today the building housed government offices.
This building too was built very much in Mudejar architectural style. We saw much more when we visited the Real Alcázar palace in Seville. The building was a huge semi-circular design with a moat. The South and North Towers stood at each end. The bridges over the moat represented the four ancient kingdoms of Spain.
As we walked along the building, we saw many tiled alcoves that represented different areas of Spain.
The Vicente Traver fountain was at the centre. Most people used this as a posing spot. But many people also used this fountain to cool down. Some people removed their shoes and walked through the fountain.
This large plaza was one of the spots that the horse and carriages stopped for pictures.
Don’t Miss the Plaza de Espana At The Maria Luisa Park In Seville
Our plan to wander the Maria Luisa Park may not have been the relaxing short day we planned for. But it was a great way to start our visit to Seville. The park was massive. But there were lots of spots to sit and enjoy the flowers and greenery. The buildings in the park were works of art. And the Plaza de Espana was the crown jewel!
We were excited as we continued our exploration of Seville. The next day we headed to the Santa Cruz neighbourhood and saw the Seville Cathedral and the Alcazar of Seville.
Have you had a chance to wander the Maria Luisa Park in Seville? Did you enjoy the green space and the amazing architecture?
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