It’s not just us saying it (though we do too), but a true expert in the world of tourism, Lonely Planet. This almost legendary travel guide has chosen Seville as the best city in the world to visit in 2018. Yet another endorsement to back up the tourism boost this Andalusian capital city is experiencing over the past few years, evidenced by the millions of tourists who come here looking for tradition, innovation and culture in one place.
Seville’s rich historical heritage is highlighted by its pretty streets, improved communications and the increased exposure of its most iconic locations and personalities. The filming of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” in previous years has boosted its international standing, as has the recent release of the Spanish film “The Plague”, which recreates 16th century Seville. And, of course, the 400th anniversary of the birth of local Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, which will be celebrated in 2018. Exhibitions of his works will be running throughout the year, a fitting tribute to one of the most important figures in the history of Spanish art.
But Seville will host many more cultural events during the year. Spring, a season when the city is bursting with activity, starts off with the Easter festivities, closely followed by the April Fair, both marking one of the city’s most important weeks of the year. Spring will also be host to the Festival of Ancient Music, the European Big Bang Jazz Festival, and the Swing Festival. Come the first of the summer months, there is the Interstellar Festival, the Suntap Festival or Nocturama to enjoy.
Film and flamenco will star in the second half of the year, with the European Film Festival and the Flamenco Biennial making up one of the most attractive cultural offerings in the country.
For culture in Seville is everywhere: on the streets, in every corner of the Reales Alcázares (Seville’s Royal Palace), in the Plaza de la Constitución, amongst the narrow, winding streets of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, on the many terraces in the Alameda de Hércules boulevard, along the Guadalquivir river, or even in any of the myriad bars and restaurants offering a unique gastronomic experience.
There are plenty of reasons for visiting Seville in 2018. Here we have suggested but a few. And remember, if you want to stay in a home which truly captures the essence of this magical city, look no further than the Home at Homes catalogue.