A King’s View
The views from the Balcon de Europa are so spectacular that King Alfonso XII stood on its seat and coined the name. At least that is what is widely believed and relayed to tourists.
According to the story, it was during a visit after a huge earthquake in 1885 that the King marvelled at what one could see from the landmark and he named the place the Balcony of Europe. In fact, that story is so well loved that there is a life-size statue of the King overlooking the balcony.
The less spectacular story, which is supported by existing documents, shows that the landmark was so named even before King Alfonso XII came visiting after the earthquake.