What you didn't know about Spain

Spain may be where every man and his dog goes on holiday, but it’s with good reason! Just because it’s popular, doesn’t mean that there’s not always more to learn and discover. So you think you know everything about Spain? We bet you didn’t know these fun facts...

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1. Paella is a Valencian baked dish so it’s not typically eaten all over Spain by locals.

But if you love it, fear not! Paella is found in most restaurants where there are lots of tourists.

Paella - Spanish Food


2. The Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona has been under construction for over 130 years.

It has been worked on by Gaudi, and many other architects, and is predicted to be finished in 2026.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona



3. There are ski resorts, even in the south!

You can hit the slopes of the Pyrenees but you can also get some serious snow time down south near Granada.

skiing in deep powder


4. Fino sherry from Andalucia takes over 100 years to make!

Fino sherry in barrels



5. Spain was the third most visited country in 2014, according to The Telegraph.

60.7m visitors!

tourists exploring the city



6. There are no laws against public nudity in Spain.



7. 43% of the world’s olive oil is produced in Spain.

olive oil from Spain



8. There’s a zipline connecting Spain and Portugal.

It’s over 2,300 feet long, it costs a small fee of £12 to have a go, and it transports you over the border (and one hour back in time!)

zipline from Spain to Portugal



9. Spanish is the second widest spoken language on the planet.

… and the US has more Spanish speakers than Spain!

Spain and USA flags



10. There’s no word for ‘deadline’ in Castilian Spanish…

But there are plenty of words for ‘relax’ and ‘take it easy’. We like this one the most – when can we move to Spain?

relaxing on the beach

11. Madrid is the centre of Spain and if you visit the plaza Puerta del Sol, you'll be in the centre of Madrid. 

Middle of Spain Madrid

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