Plaza del Cristo de Burgos in Seville
by Fiona Flores Watson
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 Descalzos in the Alfalfa district.
The shady rectangular plaza, which has many exotic trees such as palm ficus and lianas, is surrounded by residential buildings and shops, with the Seville College of Architects at the north-western corner. Along the middle of the leafy plaza you can find open paved areas with benches around the edges, a very pleasant spot with plenty of shade to sit and rest for a while, especially when on hot days with fierce sunshine. Children will enjoy the small playground area. On warm nights, people sometimes tango and salsa dance here.
In the centre of the plaza is a statue of flamenco guitarist Manuel Serrapi Sanchez, otherwise known as Niño Ricardo, who was born in a house on the square; nearby boutique hotel La Casa del Maestro is a tribute to the musician.
Plaza del Cristo de Burgos is a good location to watch Semana Santa processions, as many processions pass through here, and you can wait while sitting on the benches. On Miercoles Santo (Holy Wednesday) evening you can see the Cristo de Burgos procession coming out of Mudejar-Gothic San Pedro church on the corner of Calle Doña Maria Coronel and the plaza. Later the same evening Carmen Doloroso and Cristo del Buen Fin also pass through, and afterwards Cristo de Burgos returns to its church.
Also worth noting in this area is Helados Rayas, one of Seville's best-known and most long-established ice-cream parlours - choose your flavour(s) then go and savour on one of the benches. Taberna Coloniales tapas bar, on the south-eastern corner with calle Dormitorio, is known for its grilled meat - this place is very popular, so you may have to join the waiting list.