Plaza de America – The Pigeon Park in Seville, Spain
If you’re in Seville and are looking for a fun Saturday afternoon activity to do with your family, I have the perfect thing that is sure to be very memorable. Head on over to Plaza de America and feed some pigeons.
“The Pigeon Park.”
That’s what my son Jimmy calls it.
It’s a cute little area nestled right at the bottom of the giant Parque de Maria Luisa, and it's worth a trip.
There are so many pigeons there. It’s crazy. As I was wandering around among the pigeons I couldn’t help but sing, “Feed the Birds, Tuppence a Bag!” I've always been a fan of the movie, Mary Poppins. Feeding the pigeons here at Plaza de America was my real life Mary Poppins experience. Everywhere you look there are pigeons and they are quite friendly, and very hungry.
There is a booth with a lady selling pigeon bird feed for €1.50 a bag. They encourage you to feed them, which is quite different from London, England. When we lived there, I remember constantly seeing signs around the parks asking people to please not feed the pigeons. Jimmy was a little scared at first of the whole situation, but then warmed up quickly to the idea. After it was all over and our food was gone, he wanted to do it again and buy another bag of feed. He would of stayed all day if we let him. He loved it.
Me on the other hand….
I am a wimp sometimes when it comes to birds...and if I'm being honest, fish, snakes, cockroaches, spiders, etc. I thought I would be totally fine and was up for feeding them. I thought it sounded like a fun experience even. Jimmy and I opened up our food bag. Then Jimmy, without me realizing, dumped the whole bag of food onto the ground at once. Suddenly all of the pigeons from the whole park (it felt like it anyway) got notice of the spilled bag of food and within a second were swarming and flapping at our feet while quickly pecking away. Then, something startled them and they all flew off at once. It made for some cool pictures, with the birds flapping through the air. My facial expressions throughout the pictures are quite telling of how it all went down. But we survived and lived to tell about it afterwards.
Where to Eat?
After you are done feeding the pigeons, wander on over for some typical Montadito sandwiches at Terraza Alfonso. They make pretty good ones there. We like the jamón y queso and the pringa. Eat them along with an ice cold drink, and you can’t go wrong. They have a nice outdoor seating area with lots of tables shaded by umbrellas. It is all fenced in so your kids can run around free as they please and be absolutely safe. No cars or motorcycles to worry about. It’s a fabulous setting to sit at and relax on a warm summer day with so much to look at. The landscaping is gorgeous. The adults are happy, the kids are happy. It’s the perfect place.
Want to extend the afternoon a little longer? Go check out the two nearby musuems – Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla or the Musuem of Popular Arts and Traditions. Both are very close to this area, lining the plaza.
I hope you go and check it out. Comment below with any questions or comments!