The centre of Andalusian culture, Seville is known for it's fantastic food, relaxed atmosphere and history, and so I wanted to round up some of my favourite spots to really appreciate the beauty of this exciting city.
The Plaza De Espana was built in 1928, and this open and wide semi-circle area is the typical Seville postcard, and for very good reason. A small river runs around the perimeter of the square and you can even take a little rowing boat and tire yourself out rowing around it. The 45,000 square metre plaza is breath-taking on a sunny day, and although it's a little bit further away from the city-centre than you would think, it's well worth the 20 minute walk. Every single Spanish region is depicted in little alcoves around the square, and it's great to follow them round and read about the history of each region (in Spanish so a bit of language ability is needed).
The Maria Luisa Park is the largest green area in Seville, sitting on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and containing doves, swans and hundreds of rare tree species along with educational plaques. The park is connected to the Plaza De Espana and makes a great half day adventure to see both together. The park is a great place to get away from the crowds that are certain to be in the square on a sunny day, and also is next to the river bank that leads up to our final famous monument.
Constructed in the early 13th Century, the Tower of Gold (Torre Del Oro) was constructed as one half of a pair of watchtowers that guarded the river entrance to the city, and used to have a chain connected to each other that would block any ship coming up the river. It was actively used in this purpose in 1248 when Christian forces attempted successfully to take the city from its Muslim occupiers. There is little to see here to be honest, but the site is spectacular, giving views over the Triana Bridge and older sections of the city. There are also some great little river side bars here that are packed with life and energy.
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