10 Surprising Facts About Spain


For those of you who are travelling to Spain, or if you love the country, here are 10 surprising facts about Spain!

 

  • Although Spanish is the majority language, Spain has 4 co-official languages. They are Catalan, Basque, Galician and Aranese​.

 

12 grapes for New Years Eve
  • It is traditional to eat twelve grapes at a time to receive the new year. They believe that it will bring good luck for the rest of the year.

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  • Real Madrid are the richest football club in the world. They’re worth €2.5 billion. Annual turnover currently stands at a cool €604 million.

 

  • Rafael Nadal, tennis player, actually played football first. He was pretty good but gave it all up at the age of 12.

 

  • They don’t have the Tooth Fairy in Spain, but instead have a rat called Ratoncito Pérez who leaves gifts under the pillow.

 

  • Spain has been through a bunch of different names throughout its history. The North African inhabitants who first crossed the Straits of Gibraltar called it Iberia (meaning land of rivers). When the Greeks invaded the peninsula, they called it Hesperia (land of the setting sun). When the Carthaginians came to the land around 300 BCE, they called it Ispania (land of the rabbits). Later, the Romans took over and Latinized the name to Hispania. Over time, this changed to España. So essentially, Spain is the “land of rabbits”.

 

Flag in Madrid
  • The average Spaniard consumes nearly 14 litres of olive oil each year.

 

  • Spain is renowned for its lively festivals, including San Fermín (running of the bulls) in Pamplona and Tomatina (tomato battle) in Buñol, where more than 150,000 tomatoes are thrown.

 

  • Spain is more famous for its red wine than white, but the majority of its vineyards have white grapes. Why not try our White Spanish Case?

 

  • The Madrid-Barcelona route has the highest number of flights per week in the world.

 

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