Heading down south?

by Laura Ellis on Monday, August 23, 2010

One city that can almost certainly not be missed on a tour of Spain, or even is a worthy of a longer trip is that of Seville.

This picturesque city, and capital of the renowned Andalucian region, has become even more of a tourist attraction however over the weekend as the local council have conceeded to the demands of the city's inhabitants, and now plan to refill the almost forgotten moat that surrounds the Plaza España.

After ten years of mistreatment, the regional authorities have decided to renovate this important part of Sevillian history, and thus are making plans to clean the water and reopen the attraction in the near future. The location of this exhibit is particularly important as this paritcular Sevillian Plaza was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American exhibition, and is a mix of moorish influences, and consequently one of Seville's most famous tourist attractions, known most notably for its frequent appearances in epic films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Star Wars II

With this transformation of the city landscape, one also sees the return of the famous Seville boats, similar in principle to the Gondolas of Venice. In the past these boats used to provide a scenic tour of the area for tourists, in particular families who wanted a more relaxed view of the city, without having to brave the hustle and bustle of the popular visitor attractions and town centre, and thus many feel that they will once more put a different slant on tourism here.

The moat itself is only very small, with a width of 14 meters and a length of 500 meters, whilst the depth being only 1.2, making it almost impossible to have any kind of danger hazard. Once reopened, tickets will need to be purchased from a nearby kiosk, and the attraction itself will be open from 10 am to 8 pm in the winter, with opening hours being extended to close at 10pm in the summer.

The hope is that this will also bring in extra revenue for Spain's busy tourist market, encouraging more people to visit this historic and beautiful southern town!


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