Some sights are even more magical seen in the soft morning sunlight.
Leave your hotel bed just before sunrise and make your way down to Maria Luisa Park. You can see the Plaza de España flood with golden light and have the place to yourself.
Plaza de España was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 and loaded with azulejos – traditional painted tiles. I’m obsessed with anything blue and white so I could easily spend hours here choosing my favourite alcoves, each dedicated to a particular Spanish province.
Stroll across the four charming porcelain bridges that cross the canal in front of the plaza. A layer of charm arrives with the warming sun that glows from the buildings and ceramics. The sunshine glitters along the canal and brings the little rental boats below to life. It’s a deeply captivating place.
During the day the square fills ups quickly and is one of the most visited spots in the city. So, for your very own private tour of the place – the early bird catches the worm.