With its sunny beaches, delicious food and many historical attractions, Spain should definitely be in your list of places to visit. And if you’d like to know more, here are some fun and interesting facts about Spain.
1. Spain is the largest producer of olive oil in the world
Spain produces at least 40 percent of the world’s entire supply of olive oil. It produces a total of about 1.5 million tons of olive oil annually. Most of Spain’s olive oil is produced in the Andalusia region.
2. Spain is home to the world’s oldest restaurant
Located in Madrid, Casa Botin has been serving delectable dishes since 1725. It is the oldest restaurant in the world, as verified by the Guinness Book of Records. Since it was inherited by the original owner’s nephew, the restaurant was called Sobrino de Botin.
The restaurant is best known for its roast suckling pig (cochinillo asado), which is roasted in the centuries-old cast iron wood-fueled oven.
3. Spanish is the second-most spoken native language in the world
Overall, English is the most used language in the world. However, most of the users consider English as a second language.
In terms of native language or mother tongue, Chinese tops the list, followed by Spanish. This can be attributed to the fact that Spain has colonized many countries before.
4. Spain did not participate in any of the World Wars
Despite being a powerful country, Spain did not participate in World War I and II. It is one of the countries that held a neutral official position towards the Wars.
5. Spain still has a monarchy
Spain is among the few countries that still have a monarchy, just like the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Sweden, to name a few.
However, even if the King of Spain is still considered as the head of state, he has no power over the country’s laws and its implementation. He cannot declare war or hire and fire government employees and officials.
Currently, the King of Spain is King Felipe VI.
6. Spain has no law against public nudity
Yes, nudity is legal in Spain. True enough, the people of Spain have no qualms about getting naked, most likely because of the country’s climate.
The country mainly has a Mediterranean-temperate climate, characterized by hot and dry summers with over 3,000 hours of sunlight annually.
7. Spain’s national anthem has no lyrics
Spain’s national anthem, “Marcha Real”, is one of the four national anthems in the world without lyrics.
Originally, “Marcha Real” was a military march. The anthem has no lyrics simply because it wasn’t originally created to be a national anthem, and no words were added to it.
8. Spain is not as religious as you might think
Despite the fact that Spain colonized a number of countries as the Catholic Monarchy and spread Catholicism across the world in the process, only 13.6 percent of Spain’s population attend the Mass on Sundays.
9. Spain is home to 48 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Spain is the 3rd country to have the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It is bested by Italy and China, who both have 55 in total.
Spain has 42 cultural heritage sites and 4 natural heritage sites.
10. Spain has over 1 million hectares of wine vineyards
The Spaniards take the winery business seriously. The country has more than 1 million hectares of wine vineyards in total.
Spanish wines come in a wide variety, from regular white and red wine to Cava, which is Spain’s version of Champagne.
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