Seville has some of the most beautiful city parks in Europe, the Parque de Maria Luisa and the Plaza de España, as well as numerous plazas and open spaces where you can happily people watch for hours.
For a leisurely stroll, it's hard to beat the Paseo de Colon on the banks of the Guadalquivir river which stretches from the bridge leading to the characterful area of Triana to the magnificent Toro de Oro.
If you want a change of scene – and pace - from the fun but hectic centre of Seville, especially in the heat of summer, and if you have children, then it’s worth making the short trip over the river to the wonderful gardens on the other side, situated to the north of Triana.
Sandwiched between the Cartuja monastery and Isla Magica, Seville’s theme park, you’ll find two gardens stretched along the banks of the Guadalquivir: Jardin Americano, a botanical garden with specimens from all over the American continent; and Jardines del Guadalquivir, a park with sculptures and various themed areas. Both were built originally for the Expo 92, fell into disrepair and were refurbished, and both reopened in 2010. There’s plenty of space here for little ones to run around safely, with large, shady wooded areas, pools, play areas and a maze.
To get there, cross the bridge which goes to the Cartuja from the Paseo Rey Juan Carlos I, turn right and you’ll see the Pabellon de Naturaleza, which is where the main entrance to the Jardin Americano is.
This large square is located close to the "Mushrooms", or Metropol Parasol, heading towards Plaza Ponce de Leon. It stretches from Plaza San Pedro and Calle Almirante Apodaca, south to calle… More →
The Parque Maria Luisa is a large green space to the south of the city centre, close to the river, with hundreds of exotic trees lining shady avenues, and historic, fairytale buildings, with… More →
Back in Columbus' time the river here would be crowded with boats, nowadays the occasional tourist steamer chugs by or pedal boat. But it is still the most charming paseo which during the weekends… More →
This botanical garden is full of species donated by countries in the Americas for Expo 92, and is divided into different areas, including palms, cacti (look out for the prickly pear, with its… More →
Built more as a traditional park, this is very close to the Jardin Americano, but you need to know exactly how to get there, it’s not signposted (which means it’s quiet and little-visited): leave… More →
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… More →