20 photos that show why Seville was voted 2018's top place to visit

Here's why you should add the Spanish city to your travel plans this year

Talia Lakritz
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Wednesday 10 January 2018 10:42
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Lonely Planet's Best in Travel ranked the 10 cities that everyone will be dying to visit in 2018.

Occupying the coveted number one spot is a Spanish city abundant in flamenco dancing, Gothic architecture, and mouth-watering churros.

Here's why you should add Seville, Spain, to your travel plans next year.

You can see the full list of top 10 cities to travel to in 2018 here.

Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region of Spain.

Seville, Spain cityscape.

Horse-drawn carriages are a whimsical alternative.

A horse-drawn carriage in the streets of Seville.

The Plaza de Espana was built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, a world fair that aimed to strengthen connections between Spain and other countries.

Plaza de Espana.

The grand complex has its own system of mini-canals and bridges.

Seville, Spain at Spanish Square (Plaza de Espana).

Its Gothic architecture contributes to the city's majestic skyline.

The Old Quarter skyline.

On the ground, the palace's fountains add to its grandeur.

A fountain in Seville, Spain.

The Alcázar palace, another hallmark of Seville's cityscape, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Garden and Gallery of Grutescos in Alcazar of Seville.

While not as ostentatious, the Palace of the Dukes was a historic home before becoming a national monument.

Facade of Palace of the Dukes of Alba or Palacio de las Duenas.

An old prison and military watchtower from the 13th century, the Tower of Gold on the Guadalquivir River is another scenic landmark.

The Tower of Gold along the Guadalquivir River.

The wooden Metropol Parasol, also known as "las setas" (the mushrooms), winds above the rooftops and houses a cafe, concert space, and market.

Metropol Parasol (Setas de Sevilla), modern architecture on Plaza de la Encarnacion.

The walkway at the top provides a sweeping view of the city centre.

The view from the top of the Space Metropol Parasol (Setas de Sevilla).

Seville also boasts a bustling culinary scene.

Triana indoor food market.

Tapas bars serve appetisers and small, snack-sized portions of classic Spanish cuisine.

Tapas bar in Seville.

The oldest bar in Seville, El Rinconcillo, opened in 1670.

El Rinconcillo.

Seville is also home to the bumpy, slightly bitter Seville orange.

An orange tree in Seville.

For those with a sweet tooth, fresh churros are available on street carts.

Custard-filled Spanish churros ready to be served at a fair stall.

Seville is known for flamenco, a rhythmic song and dance style that dates back to the 9th century.

Women dressed in flamenco dancing in the Seville Fair.

It's performed at cultural events like Seville's April Fair.

Celebrating Seville's April Fair.

With its stunning architecture, delicious eats, and vibrant culture, Seville is the place to be in 2018.

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