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What Most People Don't Know About Spain?

Spain is one of the world’s oldest cultures with a rich heritage that has influenced the entire world. 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 a popular European destination for recreation and tourism, with world-famous cuisine, unique picturesque scenery and numerous sights. But even if you think you know a lot about Spain, there are a few little-known facts that you will astonish 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.

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 Spain is home to about 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 common and quite normal 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.

44 of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites are located in Spain.This puts the country on third place after Italy and China. Probably the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Site in Spain is La Sagrada Familia- a cathedral, located in Barcelona.

5.Four different languages are spoken In Spain.

Although Spanish(Castilian) is the most popular official language, Spain has four official languages. They are Castilian, Catalan, Basque and Galician​. There are also three unofficial regional languages (Asturian, Aranese and Aragonese).Besides there are several more dialects.

6. The Spanish national anthem has no lyrics.

The Real March (or in translation "the Royal March"), is one of the four national anthem, with no text. According to experts, although there are different variants of the anthem, 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 not only the capital of Spain,but also center of the country.

Many people know Madrid is the capital of Spain.However, not many of them know Madrid is also the geographical center of the country. In the center of Madrid you can find the Puerta del Sol (also known as "The Sun Gate"), which is the physical center of the country and the Spanish radial road system.

9. The Eiffel Tower planned to be built in Barcelona.

The iconic Paris landmark and a symbol of France and French culture, was originally planed to be built in Barcelona in 1887.The people in the city didn't like it and obviously their voices were heard. Interesting is also the fact that once the structure was built in the French capital in 1889, Parisians didn't want it too.

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 tremendous building it is still incomplete to this day. The plan is the construction to be ready by 2026 in order to coincide with the 100- anniversary of the death of the architect, Antonio Gaudi. 10. 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 is Madrid. Restaurant Botín was opened back in 1725.


If you plan to visit Spain at some point, I would like to recommend you to read my blog post "The 15+ Top Famous Places to Visit in Valencia, Spain"


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