Tempestuous, cultured and faithful to a good lifestyle, Spain is a country more diverse than you can ever imagine. That is because Spain’s lively culture is founded, on a union of many ancient influences. In the 15th-century this surprising realm emerged unified, following the marriage of the Catholic Monarchs. Phoneticians who invaded Spain in the 8th-century B.C. named peninsula span as the hidden land. Consequently, the Ancient Romans came, ruled and left behind an enduring legacy of language and religion. However, Spain’s obsession with food, wine and soccer is it’s original!
Their national football team led by the Royal Spanish Football Federation is one of the best in men’s international association of football. Thriving with diverse soul-stirring landscapes, the epic kingdom of Spain holds an intriguing charm. From majestic mountains of the Picos to the Pyrenees to the snow summit Sierra, each of these sun-baked destinations and fiercely imposing cliffs is counterbalanced, by the captivating coves of the Mediterranean. Wherever you go, you will find hilltop hamlets of eternal beauty club in lowlands, clasping coastal lands and springy vanguards of old Spain. It’s here you will discover Spain’s hidden charms.
Food In Spain
Food and wine are Spain’s national obsessions. The standards of Spanish cuisine are based-upon traditional recipes handed down through the generations, olive oil, an inherent zeal to explore with cooking methods, olive oil and the infinite variety of dishes produced. Mostly in olive oil! And why not? After all, Spain accounts for 45% of the world’s total olive oil production. As for the dishes, some of my personal favourites are Tapas, Octopus and Mussels. The best place to enjoy them is a beach view earthy bar. Most Spanish Bars serve Tapas as a complimentary snack with drinks. Other times, they may serve a gourmet cheese platter. No matter what you choose to eat, a glass of good Spanish wine will complete your meal. I bet the magnitude of Spain’s gastronomic experiences will be one of the highlights of your trip.
Spain’s Art and Architecture
In Spain, churches of rare endowment, dishevelled Roman ruins and exceptional sparklers of Islamic architecture mirror the surpassing ancient civilisations. The same country has birthed some of the world’s most radical and implacable artists such as Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. In Spain, you will find magnificent historic monuments idling beside bold architectural works. Making it evident that Spain’s tomorrow is as unique as its history.
The Spanish Fiesta
In Spain, the present is ‘celebrated’ as much as the traditional past. Thus Spaniards use “fiesta” generously, and the expression conveys -“Life itself is a fiesta, and everyone is invited.” You will observe the fiesta vibe on a crowded midnight street or when a flamenco performs a soul-stirring dance of emotions or in a restaurant or at a beach; whenever it happens, you will know you are in Spain. Developed by Moors and drawn from North Africa, Flamenco is the most popular type of music in Spain.
Fun Facts About Spain
Europe has 9,000 plant species with 2,000 of them unique to Spain.
Spain remained neutral in WWI and WWII, however, it fought a civil war from 1936 to 1939 which exterminated over 500,000 people.
The first Spanish actor to win an Oscar award was Penelope Cruz.
Spain and Portugal provide most of the world’s cork.
There are no laws against public nudity in Spain, and the nation legalised same-sex marriage in 2005.
Spain holds the largest gold deposits in Europe. It is also one of the world’s biggest producers of granite and marble.
Traditionally, Spanish women keep their maiden name after marriage. The next generation drops the mother’s maiden name.