Parque de María Luisa & Plaza de España

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Parque de María Luisa & Plaza de España information

Location
Seville , Spain
Opening hours
8am-10pm
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A large area south of Antigua Fábrica de Tabacos was transformed for Seville's 1929 international fair, the Exposición Iberoamericana, when architects adorned it with fantastical buildings, many of them harking back to Seville's past glory or imitating the native styles of Spain's former colonies. In its midst you'll find the large Parque de María Luisa , a living expression of Seville's Moorish and Christian past. Entrance to the park is from the corner of Avenida del Cid and Avenida de Portugal at the southeastern corner of the university (former tobacco factory), about 800m southeast from the cathedral.

Plaza de España , one of the city's favourite relaxation spots, faces the park across Avenida de Isabel la Católica. Around it is the most grandiose of the 1929 buildings, a semicircular brick-and-tile confection featuring Seville tile work at its gaudiest.

On Plaza de América, at the southern end of the park, is Seville's Museo Arqueo­lógico , with plenty to interest. Facing it is the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares , which contains art, furniture, embroidery and the like. Both are wheelchair accessible.