A trip to Sevilla, Spain is simply incomplete without seeing Plaza D’Espana.
This colossal and majestic square is flanked by impressive towers, arches and columns against a brick facade. Decorated with 58 azulejos, ceramic tiles popular to the region, each azulejo square and bench represents a province of Spain. During my visit, several locals wanted to take pictures by their province’s azulejo.
We happened to visit the Plaza on a Sunday, and it couldn’t have been more perfect! I was itching to catch a Flamenco performance, and wondering how we would go about it with a young bambino in tow. By a happy coincidence, there was a live flamenco performance, right in the heart of Plaza D’Espana, and it was every bit as enthralling, exciting & larger than life as you would imagine a Flamenco performance to be.
From the time you set foot on the outskirts of the Plaza to the time you make it to the interior facade, it happens, that ebbing of excitement. You realize you’ve stumbled on something a lot bigger & incredible than the plaza itself: somewhere between the intersection of the arching bridges & man made canals, flamenco dancers & looming towers is a slice of happiness. If you’re looking for Mojo, consider it found, at the footsteps of Plaza D’Espana.
Here’s my photo essay of what it was like to experience the magic of Plaza D’Espana.
Man-made canals line the Plaza and bridges, the glistening sunlight dancing on the water was so mesmerizing.
Horse carriages are a staple on the streets of Sevilla, and play a big part in adding to the enchanting feel of Sevilla.
From the outskirts, we made our way to the heart of the plaza and the main courtyard.
This is where we were greeted by the happiest of all surprises – a flamenco performance! With the subtle flickering of their fingers, tilted heads, raised eyebrows and arched legs, each flamenco dancer emoted immense passion & fire – you can feel it jumping off their every kick & tap with each guitar crescendo, alighting you along the way. It was one of the most incredible dance performances I have ever seen.
The symmetry of the arches, lanterns, bridge pathways and towers was utterly captivating.
The views from the building are just as impressive, you really appreciate the grandness of the place from this vantage point.
Planning Your Visit
Address: Avenida de Isabel la Catolica. Located in Parque de Maria Luisa, a 20 minute walk from La Giralda in the old quarter of Seville
Good For: Families, Couples, History & Architecture, Star Wars Fans (yes, Attack of the Clones was filmed here!)
Plan to Spend: 1-3 hours
Where to Eat: Recommendations from Devour Seville
Plaza D’Espana is sure to impress, and is most definitely worth the visit when in Seville.