Interesting Facts about Spain

May 27, 2015 | 0

Spain is an important nation in southwestern Europe bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean sea. Spain culture is heavily influenced by ancient Rome and other European history, mainly Celtic and Iberian culture. Ancient Rome legacy is still very much evident in the country and finely impregnated in its traditions.

Spain boasts of some amazing prehistoric architecture dated back to megalithic Iberian and Celtic regime. Some of the important contributions from Caliphate of Cordoba, the Taifas, the Almoravids and Almohads are notable.

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Spanish cuisine is known for its freshness because Spanish people believe in cooking daily with their hands. The food habit is pretty much influenced by Roman, Jewish and Andalusian tradition. Over the years, American influence is clearly seen in their cuisines, but Spanish people can’t cook without tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and beans.

Best time to visit Spain

Visiting Spain in summers has many advantages such as weather is warm and pleasant. Some tour operators only work in summers. Most international tourists visit the place during July and August but it depends where to visit because many cities like Seville, Madrid and Costa Brava are almost deserted because of hot temperature.

Visiting Spain during October to January has its own advantages and disadvantages. There are many events going on in winter months. It is easier to book hotels and flight tickets, plus you won’t find much crowd.  However, the weather is quite bad in North during this period of year.

Places to visit in Spain

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Spain is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe, especially every year hordes of backpackers come to Spain to stay long. Spain offers something to everybody, so it is place where you can find at least certain stuff that captures your imagination.

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Some must-see places to see are:

San Sebastian

The small city is surrounded by beaches on the Bay of Biscay. Once it was a small fishing village and the then Queen Isabella II had her vacation during summers. The serene atmosphere along with historic buildings creates an elegant air in the surrounding.

Barcelona

It is a popular destination and must be included in every traveler’s notebook. There are lots of things to do in this historic city. The architecture is beautiful, Catalan people are friendly and high spirited, most of the time weather is nice, and last but definitely not least, amazing art work at the Cathedral and the Gruel park.

Granada

You find historic Arab architecture everywhere and this is the province where you can find the real influence of Islam on their buildings and lifestyle.

Lanzarote Island

It is a part of the Canary Island with spectacular biodiversity. Due it is amazing biodiversity, UNESCO has declared it as a World Heritage Site. You can take a tour to Timanfaya National Park, relax at some stunning beaches and take pictures of dramatic volcanic landscapes.

Things to do in Spain

Watch a bullfight

Bullfight is something animal right activists may strongly object to include in the list, but the fanfare in the arena, enthusiasm among people and excitement, can’t be missed. Bullfight has a part of Spain’s history, though question on animal cruelty makes things a little controversial.

Savor the architectural wonder of Antoni Gaudi

This unique and daring architecture is sparsely spread in all over Spain, but you can find it most in Barcelona.

Visit the Alhambra

Alhambra Moorish fortress is located at the hills of Granada, which testified the invasion by the Christians for hundreds of years.  It is quite stunning and must see for every traveler.

Watch a Flamenco show

This traditional Spanish folk music along with dance is something to experience. The best show is being played in the gardens of the Alcazar in Seville by a pair of drunken gypsies along with a full orchestra team.

Interesting trivia about Spain

  • Many Spanish people believe Coca Cola was invented in Spain, and not Atlanta. It is claimed to be originated near Valencia, and there are also some photographic evidence of this claim.
  • In a weird event, every year on May 15, hundreds of single women visit the chapel called Ermita de San Isidro in Madrid and prick their fingers. The pin is then put into a vessel and they pray for finding a husband.
  • Spain has the highest number of bars in the whole Europe.
  • Except some small Portuguese islands, Spain is the only country in Europe to cultivate bananas.
  • Sherry is too English, but it originates from the Spanish town of Jerez.
  • In a loving exchange on St. George’s Day (April 23), lovers exchange books and roses with each other.
  • Ibiza is one of the most popular places in Spain where tourists every year spend at least 143 million euros.
  • Smoking is totally banned in workplaces and bars.
  • Real Madrid football club has the largest fans, more than 228 million.
  • Spain is the highest producer of olive oil, more than 40% of total production in the world.
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