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Alphabetical Tour of Spain

Today I’m taking you on a short but comprehensive walk around the provinces of Spain.

We will start our tour close to the impressive fountain that graces the courtyard of Seville’s Plaza de España.

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Just over a century ago, Seville commenced the redevelopment of an extensive area of the city, ready to host the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition World Fair.  Work started on the Parque de María Luisa in 1911, involving a reshaping of the earlier park and the addition of tiled fountains, pavilions, walls, ponds and benches.

The Plaza de España buildings, designed by Aníbal González, were built on the edge of the park to showcase Spain’s industry and technology exhibits. The buildings take the form of a large semi-circle with a fountain, moat and bridges. Around the walls, stand tiled alcoves, each representing either a province of Spain or an aspect of Spanish culture.

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We will benefit from their kindness to make our 750 metre walk around the country, covering most of the current provinces – in alphabetical order, of course.


In their beautiful, renovated state, the tiled alcoves that feature the provinces have become popular locations for selfies portraying their home province.

The Plaza de España’s visual fame is not new: it has been used as a film location many times, including Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, Star Wars: Episode II in 2002 and The Dictator in 2012.



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Map of simple walk around Plaza de Espana


aDSC_0636_ppCopyright Debbie Smyth, 8 June 2016



Part of Monday Walk


25 replies »

  1. Came here because of Kim at Do You See What I See??, staying here because of your amazing photography and words.


  2. Thankyou for this glimpse… ahem… in-debt look into the Plaza. Like a small holiday for my eyes.


    • Glad it gave you pleasure. The quality of the tiles and the gorgeous fountain in the centre gave me s relaxing few hours. (Even if photo finger wasn’t allowed to rest!)

      Sent from my iPhone



  3. Holy shit!
    Oh sorry – that was the first phrase that came out when this colorful and wonderful post loaded on my phone – soaked up what I could and will be back later –
    Oh my goodness I think I love Spain –
    And dear Debbie – this is truly a “travel with intent” special feature post!


  4. Fantastic, Debs! 🙂 🙂 It must have taken you forever to get all the shots! When I was there with my daughter a few years ago I took a few, but not in any organised way. I love it that some of them have people on the benches. They really add to it, don’t they? Jude will love this- she was talking about going back to Seville. Hugs, darlin. Thank you very much for the link 🙂

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