If you don’t mind a stroll, Seville the city for you. This might be the frying pan of Europe but there are plenty of spots that will get you out of the sun and into the shade. Seville is a historic city of wealth and where there is wealth there are gardens and parks, both of which this place has in abundance. Get yourself a good book, a cool box full of Cruzcampo, and seek out these spots.
Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful parks on the planet, Seville’s Maria Luisa Park is a staggeringly beautiful expanse of verdant glory, the main green area in the city and a refresher in many meanings of the word. It was created in 1911 and stretches along the languid Guadalquivir, bringing nature to the fore in a city dominated by man-made genius and architectural brilliance. The park covers 100 acres, wonderful for exploring nooks and crannies or simply going for a long stroll to clear the head. It is full of monuments, birds, gorgeous images and all the rest. This is beautiful.
A refreshing haven of sport and activity, the Parque de los Principes is found in the Los Remedios district just outside Triana. Expect to see plenty of life here, be it the joggers, the dog-walkers, the cheerful children or the abundance of towering trees, housing oranges and other fruits. Seville’s liveliest park? Parque de los Principies might take that honour.
The clue is in the name. This is a unique botanical garden in Spanish terms, as it is filled with plants and trees from the Americas only, flora donated by countries from that most famous part of the planet. Completed in time for the 1992 expo, this garden runs alongside the tranquil Guadalquivir and is a great place for a run or a jog, or simply a spot in which to escape the frying heat of the summer months.
Divided into two spaces, the Buhaira Gardens are about as historic as green spaces in Seville get. Here we find the Palace Garden and the Garden of History, both of which do exactly what they say on the tin. An old Mudejar-style palace sits in the first, while the second is full of ponds and vast green areas, doffing its cap to the centuries of Islamic rule in a most verdant way.