After a few days in Madrid, we headed south to beautiful and charming Seville – the highlight of our Spanish journey.
It’s a relatively short train ride, a little over 2 hours long. If the high speed train doesn’t make you horribly motion sick, you’ll get some beautiful views of the Spanish countryside – the perfect preparation for the sensory overload that is Seville.
We started our time at the Plaza de Espana, the principal square built on the edge of the Maria Luisa Park.
The Plaza was built in advance of the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World’s Fair. The Exposition was one of the events that led to present-day Seville, as in addition to constructing the Plaza, the Spanish government supported numerous modernization efforts to support the expected crowds.
In the center of the courtyard is the Vincent Traver fountain.
And around the walls are tiled alcoves, each representing a different province in Spain.
The tile work in each of these alcoves is indicative of the entire Plaza, which is covered floor to ceiling in perfectly complimentary tiles of all colors and designs.
Even the railings and lamp posts are intricately designed.
Head into the building and up to the second floor to get a better view.
Don’t worry, the colorful tiles will bounce off the umber building up there too.
Across the way is the Maria Luisa Park, a must visit. Donated to the city in 1893, the famous French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicholas Forestier started re-arranging the gardens into their current state in 1911.
Leveraging exquisite attention to detail, the bright Andalusian colors and brilliant tile work follow you throughout the gardens.
All of it protected by the area’s guard cats, situated stoically atop tiled fountains and in front of Seville’s iconic orange trees.
Be sure to visit if you’re ever in the area. We promise it’ll be a roaring good time!