Facts you might not know about Spain

Every year many tourists come to Spain, both by car and plane or by ferry. Then many young people choose to study in Spain, and in recent years, many also decide to stay there to work. The lifestyle is pleasant and relaxed, the food is great and the Spanish are very welcoming. But do we know well Spain? An entire country’s rich culture and historical heritage can’t be certainly described in a few lines. This interesting and lively nation give us many to reveal and we will try to discover in this article some facts and characteristics which distinguish Spain from the other European countries.

– When we speak of the Balearic you think immediately of sun, sea and  beach. But do you know that in Mallorca there is also a mountain where may even snow in winter? We are talking of the Sierra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountain range is spread over 100 km, parallel to the coast, and the highest peak, Puig Major, reaches 1445 meters.

– The PAELLA is one of the most popular dishes of Spanish cuisine, indeed, and it is certainly the best known. But speak only of a generic kind of paella in Spain is wrong because there are so many different types and recipes which varies from region to region. There is for example the paella Valenciana, the Catalan paella, in the coastal areas you will taste the paella marisco, etc … The most known throughout the world is the mixed paella, with chicken, vegetables and fish (of course the main ingredient is rice), but there is also the paella with beans, the paella made only with fish and seafood, with or without vegetables. In short, with many variations, however, you got the same result: paellas are all delicious!

Paella_de_marisco_01Photo  CC-BY 2.0  Manuel Martín Vicente

– Almost everyone has heard of the WAY OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. It might think it is a pilgrimage like so many others, but this is not so, you don’t go on the “Camino” just out of faith and religion, but it means a lot more for the modern travellers. The time taken for the entire route can vary from person to person, but still it is not cheap. Just think, if we start from the Pyrenees and you end the journey in Finisterre, after Santiago, you need to walk more than 700 kilometers on foot! But what makes this experience unique is that it allows you to cross very beautiful areas that offer unforgettable sensations, even though the physical effort is great. You will make new friends on the way, but you can also stay in perfect solitude, and the journey becomes an experience of deep knowledge of both others and themselves. What matters in the end it is that the Camino de Santiago will give you much, much more than you might imagine.

– The CANALEJAS PARK is located in Alicante, in the south-eastern part of Spain, and it is a green park, with trees, plants, flowers, fountains and sculptures, like so many other green areas suitable for walking and relaxation. What makes it unique and a must visit is the map of Spain, which, instead of being simply printed on a board, is engraved in stone.

– One of the most ancient Spanish tradition is to eat 12 grapes during the NEW YEAR night. In almost all Spanish cities, but also in smaller countries, people pour into the streets to celebrate the arrival of the new year. When midnight comes, for each chime of the bell you must eat a grape, and therefore 12 in all. Tradition has it that it is a good omen for the new year.

– The beautiful and interesting museums to visit in Spain are numerous and you’ll be spoiled for choice. In Malaga, for example, there is also a museum dedicated entirely to FLAMENCO: This is the Museum Pena Juan Breva that bears the name of one of the greatest flamenco singers. You can understand the importance of flamenco in the life of the Spaniards, simply by visiting this museum: photographs, paintings, costumes, ancient guitars and then again discs, films and books, to state thate flamenco is a real art.

– At the end of the ’60s, the hippie movement was important and decisive for all that meant in terms of freedom and way of life. Even the fashion of that era was particularly lively and cheerful. Still it is revived continuously by stylists. In Spain, and more precisely in the Balearics, the hippies found everything they were looking for; so they settled in each of the four islands and the result is that even today the hippies Markets Balearics are an attraction for tourists.

Barcelona is surely the most beloved Spanish city by tourists, especially by young people. It can be easily reached also by ferry and offers everything that can be of interest and pleasure, from the architecture of Gaudi to the museums, not to mention all the possible fun coming from the nightlife. Instead, have a walk and reach the RAMBLAS: they are very crowded streets both during the day and at night, with lots of attractions, artists and street food. The most popular Ramblas are Canaletes, the Rambla dels Estudis and de Mar.

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Photo CC-BY-SA Mac9

– The CHIRINGUITO is not, as it may seem from the name, a Spanish dish, but it is rather a resting spot on Spanish beaches. It can be a simple bamboo hut with rough tables or, conversely, the restaurant with various luxurious facilities and equipment. In any case, it’s good to drink a cold cerveza  or eat good well grilled fish, without having to move from the beach!

– Spain is quite advanced as regards to the NATURISM. In fact, in almost all its beaches there is an area reserved for naturists, or even you can find entire resorts, campsites or beach resorts dedicated to what is considered simply a way of living in harmony with nature.

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