Visiting the Metropol Parasol, Seville
Visiting The Metropol Parasol
One of the most beautiful cities in Spain, Seville is recognised for its abundance of unmissable sites, including the likes of the Alcazar and Plaza de España. As the capital of the Andalusia region in Spain, its Gothic architecture contributes to the city’s majestic skyline. In the mix between old and new lies the Metropol Parasol. Known locally by the locals as ‘Las Setas’ (the mushrooms) due to the unique shape of the structure.
The Metropol Parasol was first completed in April 2011 and offers some of the best views across Seville. It was designed to act as a giant sunshade by German architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann, standing at 30m high, it claims to be the world’s largest wooden structure. Taking six years in total to build and reaching a cost of 100 million euros, it’s certainly a statement for the city centre.
Panoramic Views from the Parasol
Inspired by the vaults of Seville’s Cathedral and the ficus trees found on Plaza de Cristo de Burgos, the Metropol Parasol boats four levels and six parasols. At street level you’ll find a market area and public plaza, which is often used for events. The second and third levels feature a restaurant and access to the walkway on the top of the Parasol.
Offering 360 panoramic views, it’s definitely worth paying the small fee to walk on the top of the structure and see the city from a different perspective. It can get incredibly hot being on the structure in the height of summer, so you may want to consider what time of day you visit. We chose to visit early morning before the height of the days heat began blazing down, it also made it less busy with tourists and ideal for taking photographs with not many other people around. Alternatively, wait until sunset to capture the changing colours over the Seville skyline as nightfall draws in.
Entry Fees & Information
In the entry of the Metropol Parasol, you’ll also find the Antiquarium, home to Roman and Moorish ruins and artifacts that were found beneath the site in which the Parasol stands today. It’s an additional €2 to enter, however it adds an historical insight into the archeological findings when build began on the Parasol. The museum boats a space of over five-thousand square metres of archaeological remains and ever-changing exhibitions.
Situated on la Encarnación square in the old quarter, you can access the walkway to take in the views for yourself between 9:30am - 11pm daily. You’ll find the access to the viewpoint and ticket office on the basement level next to the Antiquarium. The tickets cost €3 each (August 2018) and include a free drink at the bar at the top of the Parasol, perfect for taking in the views! Entry is free is you are a resident of Seville.
It won’t take you more than an hour to explore the Parasol but it’s definitely an unmissable part of the city’s architecture. After all, there’s plenty of things to be exploring in Seville in 24 hours, so what are you waiting for?