So our Spanish adventure has now officially begun as we take up residence in the Macarena district (yup, just like the song – how will I get it out of my head?). We are having a few teething issues with our accommodation, but that isn’t stopping using enjoying the sunshine and taking in some of the beautiful architecture in Sevilla. This weekend, we headed out with the boy’s fancy new Sony Nex-C3 camera (and many film ones too) and checked out Plaza de España.
The impressive square complete with beautiful buildings and moat (with rowing boats) is located in Parque de María Luisa. It was initially built in 1929 to host exhibitions of technology and industry, but now houses the city’s government offices. Apparently, it was also used for location shoots for Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars Episode II!
I loved that every single part of it (including inside) is decorated with beautiful tiles and painted detailing – even the floor is littered with small, patterned tiles. The bridges across the moat were my favourite as they were covered in white and blue detailing. It felt very romantic to me, not least because of all the couples in rowing boats (I only spotted one woman brave enough to take control of the oars) and the rose gardens.
The park in which it is located (Parque de María Luisa) is beautiful too. Here you can take a horse and cart ride or hire a “Chuckle Brothers bike” and there are plenty of trees creating some much needed shade. See below for more photos and stay tuned for my lomo efforts.