Seville in southern Spain has been named the number 1 city in the world to visit in 2018 by travel guide Lonely Planet.
Spain’s fourth largest city surpassed Detroit, Canberra or Oslo in the 2018 Best in Travel top, decided by Lonely Planet’s experts and based upon suggestions by travel writers, editors and bloggers. “Over the past 10 years, Seville has transformed itself. Once a traffic-congested metropolis resting on its historical laurels, Seville has bloomed into a city of bicycles and trams, keen to reinvigorate its artistic past” Lonely Planet writes. The city hosts the 31st European Film Awards, in 2018, and expositions celebrating the 400th anniversary of painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo in 2018. Alongside its recognisable filming locations from the Game of Thrones, these cultural events are also highlighted by the travel website among top reasons to visit Seville.
Seville is the capital of southern autonomous community Andalusia. Among the highlights of its architecture there are the Palace of Alcázar and the Minaret of Giralda, brilliant examples of Moorish style. The Cathedral of the city is the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, and was built between 1434 and 1517 over the remains of what had previously been the city’s main mosque. Seville is also home to Museum of Flamenco, as well as host of lots of cultural activities associated with flamenco, as Andalusia is the home ground of this so much beloved art form. Also, the city takes pride in having two of Spain’s most supported and known football teams, Real Betis and Sevilla FC.