Given Seville enjoys almost 300 days of scorching sun a year, lush greenery is not something that people typically associate with the city, but the truth is that the parks are truly stunning.
When you think of Seville, you think of iconic monuments, beautiful tapas and fascinating history, but there are also a number of peaceful parks and gardens to enjoy amongst all the Roman ruins, Moorish marvels, and towering churches. From the chilly evenings of winter to the colourful flowers of spring, there is natural beauty to be found in Seville all year round. Check out our list of the most beautiful parks in Seville and add a dash of green to your visit to the Andalusian capital!
Parque María Luisa
Perhaps the most famous of all the parks in Seville is Parque María Luisa (Avenida de María Luisa), an enormous, stunning park located beside the iconic Plaza de España, one of many must-see monuments in the city. Built in the lead up to the Ibero-American Expo of 1929, this area is the perfect, relaxing space to enjoy Seville’s natural beauty.
Stroll through the winding paths and covered walkways and discover a whole host of ornately decorated squares, a lake where you’ll find ducks and beautiful water features and out the back, you’ll find two of Seville’s most significant museums– The Archaeological Museum and The Museum of Art and Popular Customs.
Parque de Los Principes
If you find yourself roaming the Triana neighbourhood of Seville, you should definitely pay a visit to the stunning Parque de Los Principes (Calle Santa Fe). Found at the back of the area, where it meets Los Remedios, the park may be a bit far from the center, but it’s worth it. In the center, you’ll find a lake where ducks live on an isolated island, and a cute wooden bridge connecting the two halves of the park, the perfect place for a romantic stroll with your significant other, or to enjoy a picnic with friends.
Jardines del Real Alcázar
The Alcázar Palace (Patio de Banderas), located in the historic center of Seville, is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in the city. While you do have to pay entry into the Palace, the buildings themselves, along with the greenery that surrounds them, are worth every penny.
Chosen as the set for some scenes from worldwide phenomenon Game of Thrones, the Alcázar is an unforgettable sight, and also home to a large maze, making a trip to the palace the perfect activity if you’re travelling to Seville with kids.
Insider’s Tip: It can be busy at almost any time of the year, so here’s how you can avoid the queues.
Parque de Miraflores
Inaugurated by a residents group in the 1980’s, Parque de Miraflores (Avenida de Miraflores) doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the diversity of its vegetation! From Japanese plum trees to sprawling mulberry trees, wandering the park when these trees are in bloom is an absolute treat.
Feeling active? This enormous park, the largest in the city, is the perfect place for a jog; with running groups seen circling the central lake on a daily basis, and the park also hosts a 10km race every year. Alternatively, you can also enjoy the dog training facilities or bring the kids along to play in the playground.
Jardines de la Cartuja
Within the fascinating Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art, one of the most significant museums in Seville, you find the stunning Jardines de la Cartuja (Isla de la Cartuja). The perfect addition to a visit to the museum itself is the chance to take in the natural beauty of the gardens. Inside the gardens, you will find an ombú tree that is said to have been planted in the area by either Christopher Columbus himself or his son Hernando – well worth a visit!
Parque del Alamillo
La Isla Cartuja, the area across the river from Seville’s city center, saw extreme development in the lead up to the city’s other Cultural Exposition in 1992, and Parque del Alamillo (Cortijo del Alamillo) formed part of this development. Another enormous green area, with a railway running throughout, is it ideal for family gatherings and Sunday strolls. Also, you’ll find over 100 species of bird in the park, along with the odd lizard and even a rabbit or two! With two beautiful lakes and plenty of open space, this has to be one of our favorite parks in Seville.
Jardines de Buhaira
Nestled between the Nervion and San Bernando areas, the Buhaira neighbourhood of Seville is home to the stunning Jardines de Buhaira (Avenida de la Buhaira). The Buhaira Palace dates back all the way to the 12th Century, and the Moorish style gardens that surround the palace are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Adding to the rural tone of the gardens are the ornamental olive trees that were planted in the early 90s, along with the wide variety of flowers, making you truly feel like you’re deep in the countryside, even though you’re a mere few minutes’ walk from the city.
Jardines de Murillo
Located beside the gardens of the Alcázar Palace, on the edge of the Jewish Quarter of Seville, the Jardines de Murillo (Avenida Málaga) are another greenery gem in Seville. With Moorish design, the gardens were also developed in anticipation of the 1929 Cultural Expo, which is why we see the monument to Christopher Columbus in the center, as the Expo was dedicated to Columbus’ travels. In 1918, the gardens were given their current name in honor of renowned sevillano artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, who was born in a house nearby.
Parque de San Jerónimo
Originally a garden center used to house all the international plants introduced for the 92 Expo, the San Jerónimo Park is now one of the great natural zones of the city. Located by the inner harbor of the Guadalquivir River, the park is found at Calle Navarra, 14. A long path divides two separate and florally diverse sections. At the end of the path stands an enormous monument to Christopher Columbus officially named ‘The Birth of the New Man’, which is locally known as ‘El Huevo de Colón’, or Columbus’ Egg, due to its unique egg-like appearance.
Jardin Americano (Isla de la Cartuja) is one of a kind in Spain; it is the only park or garden to be filled with species of plants solely introduced from, as the name suggests, America. With the Guadalquivir River running beside the gardens, there are beautiful walkways and cycle routes to be enjoyed, surrounded by stunning vegetation and beautifully ornate squares. Strolling by the river on a sunny day is one of our favorite things to do in Seville, and the Jardin Americano is one of our favorite sights along the way.
This post was originally published on June 10, 2016 and was updated on February 8, 2023.
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