Spain, officially known as the kingdom of Spain, located in southwestern europe bordered by France, Andorra, Portugal and the Bay of Biscay. This country has one of the world’s oldest cultures with rich heritage that has influenced entire continents. It is also the birthplace of the Spanish language. Spain has so much to offer for all kind of travellers, family, loud party people, culture and nature lovers, explorers and adventurers and ofcourse for those who need a nice coastline. Our fun and interesting facts about Spain will tell you the facts you need to know about Spain.
Interesting Facts About Spain – General Facts And Spain History
Spain got its name from the word Ispania, which means “the land of rabbits”. It is also a constitutianal monarchy as is the United Kingdom.
Guess the national language of Spain 🙂 . Officially 20 countries have spanish as their language and around 410 million people are speaking spanish, making this the second most spoken language (most popular as second language in north America and Europe), mandarin is the most spoken. (source)
Euskera, a language which is spoken by the Basque population in the northern areas of Spain and southern France, is among the oldest living languages on earth.
In Spain they use the Euro as their currency.
Capital and also the Largest City is Madrid, this name comes from the arabic word “magerit” which means ‘place of many streams’. The Puerta del Sol (“Gate of the Sun”) plaza in Madrid is the physical center of Spain.
In the year 1492, Ferdinand V of Aragon and Queen Isabella tasked Christopher Columbus to explore the west in search of a new route to India. Only by mistake Columbus found one of the islands of the Bahamas. This mistake made Spain o one of the richest nations in the world for a long period of time.
During the 16th Century Spanish Empire was one of the world’s most powerful Empires.
Spain did not participate in WWI and WWII, but experienced a civil war between 1936 and 1939, in this war over 500,000 people have been killed.
No other country in Europe than Spain is producing bananas, besides a few small Portuguese islands.
If you think most of the olive oil comes from Italy than youre wrong, Spain produces with 44% almost half of all the earth’s olive oil.
Portoguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovered California in the name of Spain in 1542.
Interesting Facts About Spain For Travellers – Spain Tourism And Things To Do
Perfect for party people, Spain has the highest number of bars per capita out of all the countries in the EU (second highest per Inhabitant after Cyprus). It has also over 8,000km (4970 miles) of beaches.
The island of Ibiza in the eastern part Spain is one of Europe’s favorite party destinations. More than 2 million tourists travel to this island each year to soak in the sun and party.
According to Telegraph, Spain is the World´s 3rd most visited country in 2014.
After Italy and China, Spain ranks as the 3rd country in the world with the most World Heritage Sites.
Spain is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The others are France and Morocco.
Spain occupies around 85% of the Iberian Peninsula, which it shares with its neighbor Portugal, in southwest Europe.
Mount Teide located in Spain is the highest mountain with a height of 3718m (12198 ft) and is, an active volcano.
The Kingdom of Spain is the 2nd largest country in Western Europe after France and the 2nd most mountainous right behind Switzerland.
Spain is home to a type of tailless monkey called the macaque, it is the only type of wild monkey living in Europe.
The extremely famous festival of the Running of Bulls takes place on St. Fermin’s Day in July in the northern town of Pamplona. Over 1 million people attend this festival every year (some participate some only watch).
One of the most craziest traditions: RUNNING OF THE BULLS in Pamplona watch the video below to get an impression how crazy it is:
Nothing for the faint hearted though. Let´s move on to Spain´s funny facts…..
Fun Facts About Spain – Culture And Funny Facts
We have the tooth fairy but the spaniards have a tooth mouse called Ratoncito Perez, contrieved in Madrid in 1894.
Spain belongs to the first European countries to ban smoking in workplaces and bars (2006)
Spain´s government legalized same sex marriage in the year 2005.
A funny but true fact: On May 15th all the single Ladies in Madrid visit the chapel named “Ermita de San Isidro” to prick their fingers with pins and put it in a vessel, so they´ll find a husband.
You can not credit the spainiards for much inventions, but they invented the mop in 1956, it was Manuel Jalón Corominas.
Real Madrid is probably the most popular club in the world with over 228 million supporters and fans.
Soccer is their favourite sport and they are very good at it.
Another sport is Bullfighting, it has been popular for several thousand years. Called corridas, bullfights are considered either a contest of art and skill or a cruel sport.
Unlike in the US or other countries, tipping is not common in Spain, especially for cheap dinners.
It is an open minded country, because in Spain there are no laws against public nudity.
The well known Flamenco is from Spain, it´s a folk music and dance from the region of Andalusia.
Ok, now you know what you can expect from Spain if youre going to visit this nice and cool country. That´s it for today with our fun and interesting facts about Spain, hope you loved it.
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