Las Setas de Sevilla (Wild Mushrooms of Seville), or also known as the Metropol Parasol, is a large wooden structure located in the old city center, at Plaza de la Encarnación.
As you make your way towards it, you will be impressed by the sheer size and height of the structure, and also surprised by what’s hidden underneath.
The structure consists of six parasols standing on concrete columns and has a size of 150 by 70 meters, with a height of approximately 60 meters.
It is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world.
It is spread out on several levels, with ancient Roman ruins and antiquarium located 5 m below the surface, and restaurants and bars on the upper levels.
The top of the structure features a 250 m long walkway offering stunning panoramic views of the city, best enjoyed at sunset time.
Let me take you for a little tour!
(if you’ve already decided you’re coming here, there is practical visitor information at the end of the article)
A bit of History
Las Setas de Sevilla was built in a place of historic importance. The square was home to a medieval convent, which had to be demolished due to structural issues, and turned into a marketplace.
The square was fenced off for over 40 years before the local council announced a competition for a new design that would bring the space back to life.
The winner was a German architect Jürgen Mayer, who came up with an original design that was thought to respect the historic importance of the area while providing an innovative design for the city.
Las Setas de Sevilla is a source of controversy to this date, due to a number of reasons.
The building took over 5 years to complete and costed the city nearly twice as much as originally budgeted (from 50 million euro to some estimates coming close to 100 million euro).
The appearance of the structure is something that leaves many visitors puzzled (myself included).
When modern futuristic architecture lands in a historic part of the city, the results will be always a bit of a gamble, and for me, this is certainly the case.
If you look at the aerial shots of the square, the building looks like it’s just been photoshopped there, it looks completely out of place.
It’s hard to judge from the photos, and best to make a trip there yourself to draw your own conclusion.
For one, it’s certainly worth visiting for the views and the ancient treasures underneath.
Las Setas de Sevilla
Opening Hours: Winter hours (November to March): Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Summer hours (April to October): Monday to Sunday from 09:30 to 01:30
Tickets: general rate 5 eur for adults, kids up to 6 years old free. Get your tickets online, or buy on the spot (ticket office is downstairs by the escalator)
Experiences: Immersive Day experience (Mirador, Feeling Sevilla, APP) 10 eur, Immersive Night Experience 15 eur (same as day + Mirador Noche Aurora)
Most Popular Experiences in Seville
Here are some highlights you can experience while staying in Seville.
- Seville Cathedral, Royal Alcazar & Giralda Entrance with a Guided Tour – skip the line entrance for both locations, save a lot of time and enjoy an informative guided tour.
- Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower Skip Line Tickets Only – save a ton of time with these skip-the-line tickets (no tour guide)
- Entry Ticket to Royal Alcazar Only – buy online and skip the line at the gates
- Guadalquivir River City Cruise – enjoy the stunning views and historic bridges on a city cruise.
- Casa de Memoria Flamenco Show – Seville’s most celebrated Flamenco show, in an authentic setting.
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Your Detailed Guide to Visiting the Royal Alcazar of Seville
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Southern Spain Travel Planning Guide
Is it safe to drive in Spain?
YES! The roads in Southern Spain are generally in very good condition, with modern highways connecting the biggest cities. To rent a car, I highly recommend Discover Cars, which will get you the best deals on your car rental for your trip.
WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO DRIVE?
PUBLIC TRANSPORT — Southern Spain has a well-established and modern network of trains and buses. To get the cheapest bus or train tickets, take a look at Omio to find the timetables and prices.
DAY TRIPS — If you don’t like the hassle of using public transport, local travel companies offer many day trip options from almost all the destinations in Southern Spain. You can check them out here.
WHERE SHOULD I BOOK MY ACCOMMODATION?
BOOKING.COM — I have been using booking.com for all my trips in Spain and abroad, and have never had any negative experiences. Their reviews are very accurate and you get the best deals even on apartments, not just hotels.
ARE THERE LUGGAGE STORE OPTIONS IN THE CITIES?
YES — If you would like to leave your luggage behind to explore the city on your last day, before heading to the airport, you can use Radical Storage service, which lets you book luggage storage options in almost all the destinations in Southern Spain.
DO I NEED TO BUY A LOCAL SIM CARD FOR THIS TRIP?
YES – You can, of course, use your own card if you have roaming data available. If you want to avoid surprising extra charges from your operator, you can use a service like Airalo, where you can buy digital packs for e-sim cards, avoiding the hassle of sourcing local physical sim cards and extra roaming charges anywhere you go.
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