The Plaza de España in Seville has been chosen as the second best place of interest in the world and the first at European and national level, according to the Travellers’ Choice 2018 Awards, which highlight that the Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba has also been recognized among the best places both globally, in fifth place, and at European level, with a third place, thus, Andalusia is the most prominent autonomous region in the national selection, with five places of interest among the 10 most spectacular. The TripAdvisor website has announced the winners of its 2018 Travellers’ Choice Sites of Tourist Interest awards, which reveal the world’s most spectacular sites based on user reviews and rankings over a 12-month period. This year, 759 sites of interest in 68 countries and eight regions have been recognized.
As the winner, and repeating the place of the 2017 edition, the temple of Angkor Wat, in Cambodia, has been proclaimed. Next in the world list are the Plaza de España in Seville (up one place from last year) and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Another Spanish destination that has entered this global list is the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, which has moved from third place to fifth place.
Andalusia has undoubtedly been the most outstanding region in Spain, with five places of interest among the 10 most outstanding this year. In addition, two of them are among the highest ranks both at European and world level.
The Plaza de España in Seville has been awarded first place in both the national and European lists, and is ranked second worldwide. These recognitions “only serve to reconfirm the historical value and beauty of this architectural complex located in the Maria Luisa Park, which was built between 1914 and 1929 as the main building of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition”.
For its part, the Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba is impressive and unique, and this has been reflected once again in the Travellers’ Choice Awards, which have given it fifth place worldwide, third place at European level, and second place on the national list. This historical-religious building, recognised as a Site of Cultural Interest since 1882 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, invites visitors to visit each of its corners to discover an important part of the history of Spain.
The Alhambra of Granada has been recognized in fourth place on the national list. This group of palaces, gardens and fortresses housed the royal residence of the first monarch of the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada since 1238. Its incalculable architectural, decorative and historical appeal made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
In fifth place in Spain is the Real Alcázar de Sevilla, one of the royal palaces with more history thanks to the different historical stages of its construction and still preserves vestiges of Islamic art, a Mudejar and Gothic palace space. A unique group recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
The Cathedral of Seville is the last place of Andalusian interest recognized in the national list in seventh position in the Travellers’ Choice awards of this edition. Also known as Santa María de la Sede in Seville, it is the largest Christian Gothic cathedral in the world, declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and an Asset of Outstanding Universal Value in 2010.
The national ranking is completed by the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (third place), the Casa Batlló in Barcelona (sixth place), the Royal Palace in Madrid (eighth place), the Central Market in Valencia (ninth place) and the Boquería Market in Barcelona (tenth place).
“For travelers who think about making their trips by focusing on a visit to an emblematic site, there is no better starting point than the list of winners of the Travellers’ Choice Awards,” says Blanca Zayas, Head of Communications at TripAdvisor Spain, who highlights that “with impressive temples, moving monuments and stunning examples of architectural innovation, there is a wide variety of options to inspire those seeking culturally enriching experiences.