What would Seville be without its Plaza de España? In the form of open wings, the jewel of the city offers the visitor its best face and a walk through a square that has no comparison with any other in the world. Scenario of up to four films, including Stars Wars. Icon of twinning with Latin America...These are just some of the curiosities that surround one of the most beautiful squares in Spain, and a more than obligatory stop if you visit Seville.
About Plaza de España in Seville
In a city full of treasures, this elliptical-shaped square is one of the most precious diamonds of the most monumental Seville
. Its more than 50,000 square meters are surrounded by vegetation, where peacocks walk without shyness among visitors to show their beauty. From one of the avenues that comes from the old garden of the Palacio de San Telmo
, the majestic central fountain appears before the traveller, the epicentre from which the gaze is recreated to discover that each corner has a meaning and an unparalleled beauty. Rich ornaments, sculptures and their characteristic tiles tell a story based on twinning.
A little bit of history
In the origins of the twentieth century, it was decided that Seville would host the Ibero-American Exhibition
, so it was decided to build this square as a symbol of the bridges between Latin America and Spain, hence its semi-elliptical shape, simulating open arms, with two towers at the ends that protrude over the trees in the park. The commission to design the monumental project was initiated in 1914 by Aníbal González. Its construction took several years, with its consequent extensions and retouches. Finally, it was inaugurated in 1929 with a party in style, and the welcome to the Ibero-American Exhibition.
Plaza de España in data and curiosities
+ Along the curved wings are the mythical benches decorated with tiles, divided into four sections which include the uses and customs of 48 Spanish provinces
+ Among the arches there are busts of the most important figures in history as Seneca, Quevedo, Fray Bartolomé de las Casas, Magallanes, Carlos V or Velázquez, among others.
+It is oriented towards the Guadalquivir, the only road to the American colonies for centuries.
+ Its style is regionalist
+It has been up to four times cinematographic stage in films such as Lawrence of Arabia, The Wind and the Lion, The Dictator and Star Wars.
+At first, it was thought of moving it to the university
+It has had several uses throughout its history, from military, being General Captaincy and Military Museum, to being the delegation of the Central Government of Andalusia.
Visit Plaza de España
Visiting this square means taking a walk through our country along the different banks. In addition to enjoying a quiet walk in the open air or a guided tour
to learn its secrets, you can also take a boat ride along the canal and see the magnificent monumental complex from another point of view.
Rent a boat
You can choose between rowing boats -capacity for four people- (6 € if you rent 35 minutes, and 10 € for 1h30). As for motor boats, 12 € for a 15-minute walk and can accommodate up to 12 people.
- Summer timetable: every day from 10.00 am to 22.00 pm.
- Winter timetable: every day from 10h00 to 20h00