SPAIN -15 FUN FACTS ABOUT SPAIN

15 FUN FACTS ABOUT SPAIN YOU DIDN’T KNOW

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1.The first of our fun facts about Spain is that Madrid is not only the capital of Spain. It is also the geographical centre of the country. And in the centre of Madrid you can find the Puerta del Sol (“The Sun Gate”), which is the centre of the country.

2. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world.

With more native speakers. It comes right after Chinese and right before English. Spanish was born in Spain, but today it is spoken throughout the American continent and in some places in Africa and Asia.

3.The highest Spanish mountain is not in Spain.

Well, it is in Spain, but not in the Iberian Peninsula. A fun fact about Spain is that the highest mountain in the country is Mount Teide (3718 meters). This mountain is situated in the Canary Islands and is an active volcano. As a consequence of its eruptions, the beaches of the island of Tenerife are of black sand instead of white.

4.UNESCO’s third largest heritage country

Fun fact 4 about Spain is that it has 44 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Probably the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is the cathedral in Barcelona. This building started being built in 1882 and it is hoped to be finished by 2026.

5.The Sistine Chapel of Prehistory is in Spain.

Near Santander lies this cave a lot of prehistoric drawings  have been discovered of varied shapes and meanings. This cave is so impressive and of such historical importance that people began to call it the Sistine Chapel of Prehistory

6.We have chocolate thanks to the Spanish.

Fun fact 6 about Spain is that thanks to the colonies that the Spaniards established on the American continent and their relations with North Africa, today we can all enjoy oranges, avocados, potatoes and sugar. The Europeans did not know of any of these things until the fifteenth century.

7.Christmas is very special in Spain

The Spaniards celebrate Christmas, the New Year and also the feast of the Three Wise Men during the winter holidays. This time of the year is very special. Fun fact 7 about Spain is that it is traditional to eat twelve grapes at midnight to welcome the new year. It is more difficult than it seems, but the Spaniards swear that achieving that gives good luck for the rest of the year.

8. The Spaniards tend to speak loudly

This is a fun fact 8 about Spain and Spaniards. You can easily spot Spaniards anywhere, because they are the ones that speak in the loudest voice. It is part of the Spanish character and it is something that contributes to create that special atmosphere.

9.Spain is one of the world’s biggest producers of saffron, an important ingredient in paella.

10. This is one of the most peculiar facts about Spain and also one of my favourites. 

You know how in the English-speaking countries (and Denmark), when kids lose a tooth, they leave it under their pillow, and during the night, the Tooth Fairy replaces it with cash? Well, in Spain it’s similar, but instead of a fairy, they have a mouse. It became part of the Spanish folklore in 1894 when Luis Coloma was contracted to write a story for King Alfonso XIII, who had just lost his tooth at the age of 8.

The Mouse is the designated tooth fairy in most Spanish-speaking countries, but once again, not everywhere in Spain itself. In Catalonia, there are (little angels), while in the Basque Country, the mouse is replaced by (Mary from the roof).

11.Spain has more than 8,000 beaches.

Spain has more than 8,000 beaches with pristine waters and warm temperatures. Spain is often referred to as the “Pearl of Europe”.

Spain’s coastline spans over 1,978 kilometers (1,225 miles) which means that there are a lot of beautiful white sandy beaches for you to choose from!

12.Though Spain is more famous for its red wine than white, the majority of its vineyards have white grapes.

13.Football is life

To a Spaniard, football (or as they would call it El Fútbol) is everything! When you think of the world’s largest football teams, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are the ones that come to mind.

14.The National Anthem has no words

For most people, you can probably sing the national anthem, word for word, off by heart. So it probably surprises you that Spain’s national anthem is completely wordless.

15.Nudity is legal

Spain is the perfect place to go if you want to live your life in the nude. In fact, public nudity has never been outlawed there! Whether or not this should be encouraged is up for debate – but it’s technically legal and residents of Barcelona would likely object if you walked into their soccer stadium without any clothes on!

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SPAIN -15 FUN FACTS ABOUT SPAIN in 2021

Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. And with over 500 years of history, there are plenty of fun facts to share about this country. So watch this video and learn 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Spain!

Now that we have been living in Spain for just under a year, we thought we would share some fun facts about Spain that we didn’t know, and thought you might enjoy!

Join Barry on his walkabout the Orihuela Costa and Torrevieja, and Karen makes a guest appearance 😂😂😂… What fun fact about Spain is your favourite? Share it with us in the comments section.

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