Once a traffic-congested metropolis resting on its historical laurels, Seville has bloomed into a city of bicycles and modern streetcars, eager to reinvigorate its artistic past. The capital of Andalusia will host the 31st European Film Awards in 2018, and showcases its good looks in the HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Adding color to an ongoing artistic renaissance, Seville is in the midst of celebrating the 400th anniversary of homegrown Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, with half a dozen one-of-a-kind expositions continuing into 2018. Whether somber or joyous, life here is always lived passionately. Flamenco artists treat every performance as if it’s their last, operas depict hotblooded heroines and unscrupulous Figaros, and bars and restaurants manage to capture the latest food and fashion trends while standing by their age-old traditions: seriously good tapas.
» Don’t Miss Flamenco, an amalgamation of song, guitar and dance, is partly rooted in Seville and the city puts on high-quality, authentic shows every night of the week.