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Maria Luisa Park
Concierge.com's insider take:
The lungs of the city, this park has monuments, pavilions, and pools shaded by palm, pine, and elm trees. Start off at Plaza de España, a grandiose semicircular brick Art DecoMudejar building with ceramic-tiled benches depicting each region of Spain. It was designed by Sevillano architect Anibal Gonzalez for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo. Walk through the park to Plaza de America, where the Mudejar Pavilion now houses the Museum of Popular Arts and Customs, full of quirky, fascinating artifacts covering all aspects of Andalucian life, from olive oil presses and guitar workshops to handcrafted shepherds' wine containers and the famous Triana azulejo tiles. Opposite, in the former Renaissance Pavilion, is the Archaeological Museum, with magnificent Roman mosaics and the Carambolo treasure, a hoard of sixth-century Tartessian gold jewellery discovered near Seville.
Park open daily from 8 am to 12 am in summer, 8 am to 10 pm in winter.
Both museums are open Tuesdays 2:30 to 8:30 pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays 9 am to 8:30 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 2:30 pm.