The land of the perfect paella, tapa and sangria will welcome you with open arms. Spain offers a rich culture and heritage more than anyone could imagine. With deep roots in its religion, it influences a lot most especially those who were under its colonization, but what this country takes pride of more than this is the different experiences that you are set to have. From the extreme bull fighting, this takes place in different parts of the city. If you are more laid back, take a visit to the Alhambra and see one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.
Important and Interesting Facts about Spain
- Spain occupies 85% of the Iberian Peninsula, which it shares with Portugal, in southwest Europe.
- Spain is located in Europe.
- The largest city and capital of Spain is Madrid.
- Along with France and Morocco, Spain is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.
- Mount Teide is the highest mountain in Spain (3718 m, 12198 ft) and an active volcano.
- Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe after France and the second most mountainous after Switzerland.
- Spain is divided into 17 regions. Fifteen of the regions are on the mainland of Spain. ▪The other two regions are island groups. The Balearic Islands lie off Spain’s eastern coast. The Canary Islands are off the western coast of Morocco.
- The oldest known cave painting is found in the Cave of El Castillo in northern Spain.The researchers have found a faint red dot that is thought to be over 40,000 years old.
- Spain is a developed country with a high quality of life.
- Spain has the 14th largest economy in the world.
Cool, Funny, and Fun Facts about Spain
- In Spain they drive on the right-hand side of the road.
- Spain produces a large amount of renewable energy, including wind power and solar power.
- There is no tooth fairy in Spain but rather a tooth mouse called Ratoncito Perez
- Spain was not part of the first or second world war.
- They have highest number of bars out of all the countries in the EU.
- Spain is the only country in Europe that produces bananas.
- Spaniards own more cars than cell phones.
- Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, with 329 million native speakers worldwide.
- Spain is the second most visited country in the world after France.
- Spain is home to a type of tailless monkey, the macaque, which is the only type of wild monkey that lives in Europe.
- The largest producer of olive oil, Spain accounts for 45% of the world’s total olive oil production.
- There are no laws against public nudity in Spain.
Historical and Cultural Facts about Spain
- In 1492, Ferdinand V of Aragon and Queen Isabella paid for Christopher Columbus to explore the west in search of a new route to India. Columbus landed on one of the islands of the Bahamas by mistake. His mistake made Spain one of the richest nations in the world for a time.
- In 1588, the king of Spain sent 133 ships (the Armada) to England. Almost half of the ships sank in stormy weather or while fighting the British navy. It was a significant defeat for Spain and marked the beginning of the end of Spain’s global power.
- Spain, originally inhabited by Celts, Iberians, and Basques, became a part of the Roman Empire in 206 B.C.
- On July 18, 1936, a conservative army officer in Morocco, Francisco Franco Bahamonde, led a mutiny against the government. The civil war that followed lasted three years and cost the lives of nearly a million people.
- In a referendum in 1947, the Spanish people approved a Franco-drafted succession law declaring Spain a monarchy again.
- Spain has a variety of foods and unique dishes such as paella (a type of rice dish) and tapas (a range of small snacks or appetizers).
- The Moors, who ruled Spain for 800 years, introduced new scientific techniques to Europe, such as an astrolabe, a device for measuring the position of the stars and planets. At its height, Córdoba, the heart of Moorish territory in Spain, was the most modern city in Europe, with streetlights and running water.
- Spain legalized same sex marriage in 2005.
- Tipping is not common in Spain, especially for cheap dinners.
- Spain’s national sport is fútbol, or soccer.
- Bullfighting has been a popular sport in Spain for thousands of years. Called corridas, bullfights are considered either a contest of art and skill or a cruel sport.