Half Day (Duration: 3h approx.)
Price from: 40.00 euros
On this private tour you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Sevilla´s Plaza España and adjoining Maria Luisa Park.
Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish heritage and used to be a prosperous port that carried out trade with the Americas. The streets and squares in the historic quarter of the capital of Andalusia are lively and busy. They treasure many constructions that have the World Heritage designation, and many districts are full of traditional culture, like Triana and La Macarena.
The Park of María Luisa consists partly of the gardens of the Palacio de San Telmo, donated to the city of Seville in 1893 by Princess María Luisa (the Duchess of Montpensier) and added to Seville's urban landscape in 1911. In 1910, the park was chosen as the main location for the future Hispano-American Exhibition which would take place in 1929.In January 1911, the executive committee of the Exhibition launched the process to convert the park in readiness for the event. Aníbal González was appointed as director for the architectural part of the exhibition and Jean-Claude Nicolás Forestier, a French landscaper, and the chief gardener of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, was chosen for the gardening.
The works took place 1912 and 1922. The French landscaper turned what had been palatial gardens into a public park. Forestier did not impose a French classicist tone, in fact he adapted his work to Seville's climate and to the landscape, gave it a romantic touch. Certain parts of park, such as the Glorieta de los lotos, the Jardín de los Leones and the Fuente de las Ranas date back from this time.
This massive building is Seville's most impressive after the cathedral, for its sheer scale and grandeur. Love it or hate it - fabulous or fussy, magnificent or overblown, depending on your point of view - you shouldn't miss it when visiting the city. Plaza de España was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 (Expo 29), along with many of the pavilions you can see in and around the Parque Maria Luisa.
The Plaza de España is a spectacle of light and majesty. Framed in the María Luisa Park, this plaza was designed by the great Seville architect Aníbal González as an emblematic space for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. The result was a plaza-palace unique in the world. Its proportions are lavish and it's without a doubt one of the most imposing plazas in Spain.
Along the entire perimeter of the plaza, there is a canal of 515 meters in length, which you can travel by boat, a truly romantic experience. Throughout this embrace, from one end of the plaza to the other, we recommend admiring the banks of tiles that represent the provinces of Spain. This has become a frequent “ritual” for Spanish visitors looing to take photographs in front of the space dedicated to their province.
Several film directors have fallen in love with the Plaza de España. This monument has been seen in famous films such as “Lawrence of Arabia” or Episode II of “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones”.
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NOTE: This tour only includes an English-Speaking Official Guide for groups of 7 or 7+ people (minibus and bus). Smaller groups include an English-Speaking driver.
NOTE: Or similar type vehicles in the same class as mentioned above.