This is all about fun facts about Spain. Some are real, some are just rumours and others are curious things that our visitors find weird. It’s true, we are one of a kind.
The following have been listed according to some books I’ve read, strange information found on the web, comments from my foreign friends and, of course, my own experience!
Fun Facts About Spain: Food
- Having breakfast at home is not common.
- When you buy a coffee, the waiter always brings something that looks like an espresso, and then he/she adds a ton of milk in front of you.
- In Spain a tortilla is an omelette, not the corn bread they use to eat in Mexico.
- Spain produces 45.5% of the world’s olive oil. That’s 3x Italy’s production and 4x Greece’s production.
- In lots Spanish bars and taverns throwing dirty napkins, olive pits, and ham fat on the floor is common and acceptable.
- Spain is the only country in Europe that produces bananas.
Fun Facts About Spain: Party
- Only Cyprus surpasses Spain in the highest number of bars per inhabitants (1 bar for 129 people).
- Spain has the highest number of bars, restaurants and coffee shops in the European Union, around 350,000.
- Young Spaniards do botellon before they go to a club (drinking much cheaper drinks in someone’s house or in a park rather than paying triple inside a bar or disco).
Fun Facts About Spain: History
- Nobody really knows where Christopher Columbus was born, grew up, or where he is buried, though he is supposedly buried in the Cathedral of Seville.
- The Roman Emperors Trajan and Hadrian were born in Spain.
- The second queen of Unified Spain, Juana la Loca, travelled around the country with her dead husband, Felipe el Hermoso in a glass coffin for several years. Loca means crazy, in fact…
Fun Facts About Spain… And Spaniards
- We talk a lot and very fast.
- We are nice people. If you ask for directions in the street, everyone helps you by thoroughly explaining the way, regardless of how busy or upset they might be.
- We kiss once on each cheek when meeting someone or when greeting and saying hello.
- In Spain, we have two surnames. The first is our father’s first surname and the second is our mother’s first surname.
- Football (soccer) is our second religion.
- Playing the lottery is a national hobby.
- We are not very good at learning other languages.
- Every English word is made into a Spanish one (freak turns into friqui, iphone turns into ifon, DVD turns into deuvede) and we translate almost everything.
- True Madrileños (being born of pure Madrid descent) have the nickname gatos (yes, cats).
Curious And Random Facts About Spain
- Spain has been the biggest donor of organs in the world for 15 consecutive years.
- Spain ranks the 3rd country in the world, after the US and Brazil, in the prevalence of plastic surgery.
- The Spanish Christmas Lottery is the world’s largest lottery, with a grand prize of €720 million in 2011.
- Part of the ‘Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones’ movie was filmed in Spain. Actually it was in Seville, at the Plaza de España.