The Maria Luisa Park is a wonderful open public garden in the city of Seville and is both the great ecological lung of beautiful Seville and a historic space.
At first, the Maria Luisa Park began to be built from the backyards of the gardens of the Palacio de San Telmo, a palace that belonged to the Dukes of Montpensier in the 19th century, but on becoming a widow, the young Duchess Maria Luisa Fernanda de Borbón decided to hand it over to the city of Seville around 1893.
It was also in 1893 that the Queen’s Sewing Box and the first greenhouse with a large metal structure were built. In 1910, the Maria Luisa Park was chosen as the main venue for the future Universal Exhibition of 1929.
In fact, thanks to the 1929 Universal Exhibition, the park radically transformed several pavilions before its inauguration.
The most significant were:
– The Plaza de España, the greatest work of Aníbal González, among the magnificent buildings of regionalist structures has been built a navigable channel where you can rent a boat and the benches of the square represent all the provinces of Spain, and also some busts of famous Spaniards on its walls. We also remember that the Plaza de España has been a good place to shoot many films: Lawrence of Arabia, Mission Impossible, Starwars, Game of Thrones.
– Plaza de América, also known as Plaza de las Palomas, where the headquarters of the Mudejar pavilion of the Art Gallery of the Disciplines and Customs of Seville was located and, on the other side of the square, we see the former Arts Pavilion, today Provincial Archaeological Museum. Opposite it is the Royal Pavilion and also the hotel where the Guardia Civil de Eritaña is located.
There are other pavilions, such as the well-known Domecq Pavilion. A neoclassical building made of bricks and the work of the architect Aurelio Gómez Millán located near the Glorieta de Covadonga and the pavilion of the Bodega de Jerez Domecq during the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929.
The botanical restoration was entrusted to the famous gardener Jean Claude Nicolas Forestier, inaugurated in 1914 on the occasion of the Ibero-American exhibition.
Birds include swans, ducks, peacocks and songbirds. It is a perfect place to walk with the children. Free, they will like to give nuggets, seeds, bread to the pigeons since we can buy bags in the kiosks in the area.
Maria Luisa Park is very diverse. Walking there is a free delight (there is no need to pay any entrance ticket). We rest walking, we feel the song of the birds, the softness of the branches of the trees, the floral aroma of the trails. In addition, the park is one of the most fascinating places to visit if you travel with children in Seville as it has several playgrounds.
To get to the park, you can get there from the centre through the Puerta de Jerez, through San Fernando and the Glorieta del Cid, or from the Santa Cruz neighbourhood, passing through the Jardines de Murillo and the casino Exposición. You can also get there via Avenida de las Delicias and La Palmera and head towards Plaza de América.
When we talk about size, we must bear in mind that the total area of the Maria Luisa Park is about 34 hectares, which makes it one of the most beautiful parks in Spain and probably also in the rest of Europe. Everything is unique and some say that the Templars, when they fled, may have buried some treasures somewhere….
The 34 hectares are divided into several zones, there are six main ones, all of them interconnected. In these pavilions you will find the titles of writers and famous people from different periods, such as Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, the Álvarez Quintero brothers or Goya. Along this road there are fountains and basins of different shapes, such as ducks, frogs and lions. The statue of El Cid, by Anna Huntington, the Casino of the Exhibition and the Lope de Vega Theatre, formerly the Seville Pavilion, also stand out. The Portugal Pavilion, today a consulate, the Chile Pavilion, the Americas Pavilion, the Peru Pavilion and the Uruguay Pavilion.
(we will respect spanish names)
Plaza de America´s Zone
Plaza de España´s Zone
Avenida de Covadonga
Since Glorieta de San Diego
Since Hernán Cortés
Since El paseo de la Delicias
If you need a private walking tour in Maria Luisa (one of the most beautiful parks in Europe), labelleseville has two visits to satisfy your wishes. A special Family Tour and its Romantic Tour Maria Luisa, a longer tour and no playground break for the children;).
In both cases, you will be able to get to know all the details of the Mª Luisa Park, including the Plaza de América, the Archaeological Museum and the Plaza de España.
Visits are available from Tuesday to Sunday because the Museum closes on Mondays. These tours are tailor-made and prices may vary depending on the number of people.
Price: Gratis. Entrance no need ANY TICKETS.
Adress: Paseo de las Delicias, s/n, 41013 Sevilla.
Tlf.: 954211234 – 954500528
Opening Hours: Été de 8:00 a 24:00h.et Hiver de 8:00 a 22:00h.
Access: Bus (C1, C2, C5, 1, 3, 5, 6, 30, 34, 37, 40,41), Sevici (estación nº 144, 137, 59, 120, 119), Tranvía T1 (San Bernardo), Metro L1 (Prado de San Sebastián), y Tren (San Bernardo).
Bonus : Garden photos 2019 from Travellers around the world.
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