Parque Maria Luisa, Seville

Parque Maria Luisa, Seville is south of the city centre running along the Guadalquivir river and is full of striking historical buildings spread within a leafy area stuffed with fountains, flower beds and mature trees. It is Seville’s public park and main green area. This isn’t just a large green space, however, it is filled with must see things like exotic colourful tiled benches, and Moorish fountains and pools. It is a delightful space for a peaceful stroll. You can also get a boat ride or a horse drawn carriage from here. This post also reviews Hotel Alfonso XIII which is in the same area.

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What To See And Where To Eat, Drink And Stay In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

Where to stay in the Parque Maria Luisa area of Seville

 

We stayed in this area at the very grand Hotel Alfonso XIII built for visitors to the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. The regional style of elaborate brickwork and wrought iron brightened my culture loving soul.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Hotel Alfonso XIII.

The tram stops just outside the hotel garden, although we plan to walk everywhere, justifying the copious amounts of tapas we’d planned to consume.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Fountain, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.

 

The hotel lobby has a wow factor and hubby checked in while I strolled about gaping at ceilings, chandeliers and the vast number of colourful glazed ceramic tiles (a feature of Andalusian decoration for centuries). It’s interior is Neo-Mudejar and sumptuous.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Lobby, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Hotel lobby.

I even needed to squeal and do small jumps on the spot when seeing these gorgeous lifts (I didn’t – bit exhausted from the journey). Beautifully pointed out by hubby here.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Lift Doors, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Decorative lift doors.

Reaching our floor, the lobby area looks more like a beautiful private dining room.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Stair Lobby, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Stair lobby.

Glancing through the windows we get a nice view of the elegant courtyard below, where some tables of the San Fernando restaurant is placed. There is a beautiful fountain as a centrepiece.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Inner Courtyard, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Inner Courtyard.

Jame’s turn to model. The wrought iron is beautiful with the colourful Azulejos tile art.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Stairs, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Beautiful Stairway.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Banisters, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Wrought iron banisters.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Stair Tiles, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Stair tiles.

Hunting for the breakfast room takes us through the lush ‘corridors’ that wrap around the courtyard.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII Corridors, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Corridors.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Seating Areas, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Seating areas.

Just outside the breakfast room an enormous fireplace demonstrates the elaborate nature of the hotel.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII Fireplace, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Fireplace.

Tables look charming outside, and with a view of the pool, but we opt for the glamour inside.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII's Outside Seating, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Outside breakfast seating.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII View Of The Pool, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
View of the pool.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII Breakfast Room, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Breakfast Room.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville

 

Breakfast wasn’t as good as we expected. The cooked breakfast was pretty good, but there were a few left overs like peas and chips (odd!). We chatted about our plans for the day and enjoyed the room.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII Breakfast, Seville. Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.

 

We feel very lucky and happy to be together.

 

Staying At Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville. And Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.

 

What to see in the Parque Maria Luisa area of Seville

 

Full of fluffy scrambled eggs and crispy bacon we head for the old Royal Tobacco Factory next door, our first ‘sight to see’.

 

The Old Tobacco Factory Seville. And Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Old Tobacco Factory.

 

The Old Tobacco Factory Seville. Plus Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.

 

It’s huge with watch towers and a moat. The King’s tobacco monopoly was highly lucrative (as shown by this impressive doorway engraved with it’s story.

 

The Old Tobacco Factory Entrance, Seville. Plus Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
The Old Tobacco Factory entrance.

The Old Tobacco Factory Doorway, Seville. Plus Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.

 

This monumental building is now part of the cities University (Universidad).

Built for the tobacco workers of old on one corner is a small chapel (now used by students) and, at another corner, a jail, used to punish workers caught smuggling tobacco (now used just for amusing selfies, I assume).

 

The Old Tobacco Factory - University Seville. Plus Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
University.

Walking straight through we pass into the clock and fountain patio.

Inside ‘cigarreras’, the female cigar-makers, would roll the cigars on their thighs. They were described as ‘more impertinent than chaste’.

The famous fictional gypsy heroine, Carmen, was imagined from the hot blooded ‘cigarreras’ working in this factory.

 

The Old Tobacco Factory, Seville. And Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Stained walls.

Tobacco leaves were dried on the roof. I love that the building seems stained a tobacco colour. Today the clouds look like smoke adding to the effect.

 

The Old Tobacco Factory Bells, Seville. Plus Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Factory bell.

The 18th-century Baroque fountain is still intact. I look around wondering where the donkeys were used to shred the tobacco leaves with their hooves. Not around this lovely fountain surely?

 

The Old Tobacco Factory Baroque Fountain, Seville. Plus Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.
Baroque fountain.

The Old Tobacco Factory Fountain Seville. Plus Exploring Parque Maria Luisa.

 

We popped out the other side. It was still early, so we casually head towards the Plaza de Espana set within the greenery of the Parque Maria Luisa area.

 

Exploring Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

We spot a promising tower at one corner of the roundabout and decided to head that way hoping it was Parque Maria Luisa.

 

Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

Parque Maria Luisa, Seville

 

As we turned the corner by this tower we all stopped in our tracks to the most glorious sight.

 

Things To See In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Plaza de Espana.

The Plaza de Espana was built as an impressive centrepiece to the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. It’s a stunning semi-circular plaza and is very theatrical.

 

Things To Do In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

Places To See In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

Best Things To See In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

Gold fish appear to swim through the arches and clouds.

 

Gold Fish In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Goldfish.

 

Parque Maria Luisa. Places To Visit In Seville.

 

We could hardly believe what we were seeing and happily snapped away.

 

Boat Rides Parque Maria Luisa, Seville
Boat rides.

The semi-circular water way is crossed by 4 beautiful arched bridges.

 

Arched Bridges Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Arched bridges.

James took some fabulous photos..

 

A Day In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

Plants In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

and we larked about having fun.

 

Fun In The Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

Discover Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

Crossing over the bridges there’s more to see.

 

Bridge Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

A long row of highly ornate separated areas look like Roman style market stools but with bright Azulejos art each telling a story.

 

Tiled Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Tiled Market Stalls.

 

Tiled Market Stalls, Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

We head into the cooling greenery and meet the ducks, geese and swans.

Some were prettier than others…

 

Ducks Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Ducks.

Charlotte took a moment. The beads of leaping water were mesmerising.

 

Water Feature, Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Water feature.

The whole park is a series of intimate spaces or rooms. Seats are everywhere in the cool shade.

 

Shaded Seats, Parque Maria Luisa, Seville
Shaded seating.

Trees are a mosaic of etched graffiti. Love being the main message.

 

Trees In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Graffitied trees.

Reaching the pavilions of Plaza de America, these buildings now house museums. This set of architecture celebrates Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles.

 

Historic Buildings In Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Historic buildings.

It’s nice and calm,

so we sit and rest for a while…

 

Parque Maria Luisa, Seville

 

Horse and carts trot by and it’s easy to imagine back in time.

 

Horse And Carriage, Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Horse and carriage.

This fountain seems to be just for the city’s birds.

 

Bird Fountain, Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Bird fountain.

A young lady near by sells seed. I can’t help but think ‘feed the birds, tuppence a bag’ all very Mary Poppins and late Victorian. Tho’ this area is clean and cheerful and definitely Spanish.

 

Bird Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.

 

Where to drink and eat in Parque Maria Luisa area of Seville

 

We loved this dark and masculine bar. The American Bar is 1920’s in style and is old school glam back in the Hotel Alfonso XIII.

 

Bar Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville.
The American Bar.

We like to sit up at the bar and watch the cocktails being made. The guys ordered Espresso Martinis.

 

The American Bar Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville.

 

I love the kit, all very from the era.

 

Cocktails At Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville. Parque Maria Luisa Area.
Cocktail making.

 

Cocktail Bar Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville.
Coffee Espresso.

 

Sitting At The Bar Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville.

Charlotte’s bellini and my Amaretto Sour slipped down like nectar from the heavens.

Feeling relaxed we strolled to the hotels Ena restaurant for our dinner reservation. Taking family pics and saying ‘cheers’ over and over again.

The table is outside on the terrace and through the trees you can see a little square and fountain.

Outside Restaurant Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville. Parque Maria Luisa Area.
Outside restaurant.

We ordered ‘Rice from Barcelona. 18th century: Sautéed prawns, mussels and squid with sobrasada sausage‘ from the ‘Spoon It Up’ part of the menu.

It was incredibly tasty!

 

Restaurant Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville

 

Dessert was full of new and delightful experiences with: Chocolate, bread, oil and salt; Cru fruit – Osmotized fruit salad; and Froth of Catalan cream.

The Catalan Cream was incredible. Clouds of boozy cream.

 

Dessert. Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville. Parque Maria Luisa Area.

 

If you return here for breakfast you may find yourself in this room, rather than the one mentioned earlier.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII, Seville

 

If you eat breakfast at Hotel Alfonso XIII don’t leave without seeing this nearby…

 

First, step outside the hotel entrance you come across this huge fountain in the square.

 

Hotel Alfonso XIII And Parque Maria Luisa, Seville.
Large fountain outside Hotel Alfonso XIII.

TURN LEFT. Because by the hotel, just off the fountain square, sitting by the river is Torre del Oro, The Tower of Gold. When the sun comes out the peak shimmers. Once it was clad in gilded azulejos.

 

Torro del Oro, Seville.
Torre del Oro.

Built in 1220 as a defensive lookout. There was a companion tower on the other side of the river. A huge chain could link the two preventing unwanted ships from sailing upriver.

It’s now the maritime museum, showing maritime maps and antiques. I love a map, but sadly it was closed when we were there.

 

Maritime Museum, Torro del Oro, Seville.
Maritime Museum.

 

With images of opulent towers of gold with booming cannons we spent the rest of the day exploring the Santa Cruz area. A favourite because much of the cities best known sights are there.

If you are looking for a hotel in Parque Maria Luisa, Seville Hotel Alfonso XIII is stunning. Just check if there will be wedding during your stay. Strangely, the party can be heard very loudly from all areas of the hotel!

 

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