The interesting facts about Spain that will surprise you
Read 10+ of the most curious facts about Spain and interesting details about one of the popular countries in Europe.
Spain is one of the world’s oldest cultures with a rich heritage that has influenced the world as a whole.
The country is the birthplace of the Flamenco and famous people such as Miguel Cervantes, El Greco, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, and many more, and attracts millions of people every year.
Spain is among the most popular worldwide destinations for recreation and tourism, and well-known for the world-famous cuisine, unique picturesque scenery, and numerous sights.
Here there are few little-known interesting facts about Spain that will surprise you.
1. Spain is a constitutional monarchy
Not just “Spain”, but “Kingdom of Spain”. Spain is the second-largest country in the European Union, has a territory of 505 955 square kilometers and a population of over 47 million people.
Spain is also the fourth largest country in Europe.
2. Spain is the biggest producer of olive oil in the World
Did you know Spain produces on about 44% of the world’s supply of olive oil each year, followed by Italy and Greece?
Another interesting fact is that Spain is home to approximately 300 million olive trees.
The average consumption of olive oil is high too — an average Spaniard consumes nearly 14 liters of olive oil each year.
3. Public nudity is legal in Spain
With many sunny days through each year, exhibitionists enjoy a carefree attitude towards nudity.
The fact is, there are no laws about public nudity in Spain, so it’s familiar and ordinary to see visitors who aren’t embarrassed to shoot down all the clothes on the beach.
4. Spain is UNESCO’s third-largest heritage country
Do you know 47 of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites are in Spain? This puts the nation in third place after Italy and China.
Probably the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain is La Sagrada Familia– the most popular cathedral in Barcelona.
5. Four different languages are official In Spain
Although Spanish(Castilian) is the most popular official language, Spain has four official languages. They are Castilian, Catalan, Basque, and Galician.
Furthermore, there are also three unofficial regional languages. They are Asturian, Aranese, and Aragonese.
Besides, there are several more dialects.
For example, in the third-largest Spanish city Valencia, the regional language is known as Valencian (variety of Catalan).
6. The Spanish national anthem has no lyrics
One of the curious facts about Spain is that La Marcha Real (or in translation “the Royal March”) is one of the four national anthems, with no official text.
According to experts, although there are different variants of the hymn, the original symphonic version should be in b major and lasts 52 seconds.
7. The highest Spanish peak is not in the Iberian Peninsula
The highest mountain in Spain is Mount Teide (3718 meters).
This mountain is situated in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain, and is an active volcano.
Mount Teide is the third highest volcanic structure, and it is the highest peak on the Canary Islands and in the whole of Spain.
8. Madrid is in the center of the country
Many people know Madrid is the capital of Spain. However, only a few of them know Madrid is also the geographical center of the country.
In the center of Madrid, you can find the Puerta del Sol (“The Sun Gate”). Puerta del Sol is the physical center of the country and the Spanish radial road system.
9. The Eiffel Tower was planned to be in Barcelona
The iconic Paris landmark and a symbol of France and French culture were initially planned to be built in Barcelona in 1887.
An interesting fact is the people in the city didn’t like it, and apparently someone has heard their voices.
Even more curious is the fact, that after the structure was built in the French capital in 1889 Parisians also didn’t want it.
10. The endless construction
The construction of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona began in 1882 and is still in progress.
Despite the continuous construction activities, this colossal building is still incomplete to this day.
The plan is for the construction to be ready by 2026 to coincide with the 100- anniversary of the death of the architect, Antonio Gaudi.
11. The oldest restaurant in the world.
If you want to visit the oldest restaurant in the world, Restaurante Botín which operates to this day-the place, then the place to visit in Madrid. Restaurant Botín opened doors for the first time back in 1725.
If you plan to visit Spain at some point, I would like to recommend you to read my blog post “The Top Popular Places to Visit in Valencia, Spain.”
In case you would like to find some curious stories about France, then read The most interesting facts about France.