Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo – Plaza de Espana in Sevilla Spain

Posted on / by Alex Berger

Plaza de Espana - Sevilla, Spain

Can you guess what decade this photo was taken in?  It might surprise you to learn that I shot this photo in December, 2008.  The Plaza de Espana is located in Sevilla (Seville), Spain.  It was initially built as part of the re-development done in preparation for the 1929 World’s Fair.  The sprawling semi-circle is ringed by a series of long benches, each of which showcases beautiful tile work depicting scenes from Spain’s various provinces.  The exterior building is connected to the interior fountain area by a series of bridges that cross the wide moat (shown without water in my photo due to the weather during my winter visit).  It is still common to see horse drawn carriages which slowly circle the fountain before taking visitors on a charming tour through the nearby parks and tree lined boulevards. A visit to Sevilla isn’t complete without an afternoon pause at the plaza.  I suggest taking a small snack with you as it’s the perfect place to relax while enjoying the afternoon sun!

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Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.


  • Linda
    February 24, 2012

    Wow. That really is an effective photo. I would never have thought of capturing Plaza de España in black and white. I’ve seen it only in Summer and in Autumn when it is very hot and full of colors, but this works sooo well. I took one of those carriage ride the first time I went to Sevilla, and they really are charming. The city has got it right in conserving the old whilst making life good for tourists I think. I was there last October, and very impressed by the changes. It’s the prettiest city I know.

    • Alex Berger
      February 24, 2012

      Thanks for the incredibly kind words Linda! I’m very jealous of the carriage ride, that sounds delightful! They really do manage a wonderful balance don’t they!

  • Miruna
    February 24, 2012

    Great post! I’ve recently wrote one about Seville too. I could live a hundred years in Plaza de Espana without even wanted to be somewhere else:)!
    I love the entire Spain. Simply my favorite country in the world!


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