Unwind in one of Mendoza’s most beautiful public squares, given to Argentina by the Spanish government.
Follow the wide, tree-lined streets from Independence Square the short distance to Plaza España (Spain Square). Relax in the shaded areas and enjoy a picnic lunch as children play and couples appreciate the sunshine. Sit on one of the tiled benches to relax and admire the central fountain with its Spanish-style mosaic tile patterns.
Plaza España was one of the five squares built in Mendoza following the 1861 earthquake that devastated the city. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Mendoza’s five main squares due to the attractive mosaics located on the surrounding walls and benches.
Marvel at the seven colorful murals made from majolica, a type of Renaissance-era European pottery. The murals depict historical moments, such as Mendoza’s founding in 1561. They also show scenes from the epic poem Martin Fierro, by José Hernández, and the classic novel The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes, two of the most influential works of literature written in Spanish.
Observe the plaza’s Spanish and Andalusian motifs which show the link between Spain and Latin America. Don’t miss the wonderful monument of the religious figure San Juan (John the Baptist). Learn more about the history of Plaza España from the signboards positioned at intervals throughout the square.
Come on the weekend to purchase local handicrafts at the artisan’s fair. Search for the perfect gifts for your friends and relatives back home. Choose from carved wooden items, textiles and jewelry. There is also an antique market held every Thursday.
In the nearby restaurants, taste Mediterranean tapas along with a glass of Mendoza’s fine wine.
Plaza España is located a few blocks southeast of Independence Square. It is a great place to visit any time of day with the mosaics at their best in the bright daytime sun and the colonial-era lampposts creating a romantic atmosphere after nightfall.