10 things you didn't know about Spain

26 April 2019 09:09

In 2016, Spain was the third most visited country in the world

In 2016, Spain was the third most visited country in the world

How much do you know about Spain? Here are some fascinating facts about this month's hottest destination...

1. Red for filth

One of the world's most iconic festivals, Buñol's La Tomatina sees thousands of revellers throwing tomatoes around the village's streets. 2019's festival takes place on Wednesday 28th August.

2. Liquid gold

Spain produces almost half of the world's olive oil. Andalucía is the country's main oil-producing region, earning olive oil the nickname of liquid gold due to its economic importance.

3. A naturist's dream

Make the most of that warming Mediterranean sun by stripping off and enjoying the local laws which mean public nudity is perfectly legal - just remember the sunscreen!

4. One foot in Africa

As well as being one of Europe's largest countries, Spain also has two cities in Africa. Ceuta and Melilla are autonomous port cities on the northern coast of Morocco, just across the sea.

5. Tooth mouse?

The tooth fairy doesn't come in Spain. Instead, children are visited by a mouse called Ratoncito Pérez. Don't worry, though, he'll still leave you a small gift under your pillow!

6. Five languages

Spanish is the world's second most widely-spoken language, but in Spain itself there are five official languages: Castilian (which we know as Spanish), Catalan, Galician, Basque and Occitan.

7. Novel invention

Spain is home to what many see as the world's very first novel: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Published in 1605, the novel tells the tale of chivalrous nobleman Alonso Quixano.

8. The fat one

Fancy winning €720 million this Christmas? Well, you'll need to take part in the Spanish Christmas Lottery, nicknamed El Gordo or The Fat One. That's some stocking-filler!

9. Football football football

The Spanish love their football, whether it's watching the national team trying to recreate their 2010 global success or the superstars of La Liga doing battle on the pitch week in, week out, it's definitely a spectacle.

10. Tourist hotspot

Spain is a super popular place to visit. In fact it's the world's third-most visited country after the United States and France, welcoming a whopping 75 million visitors in 2016 alone.

And don't check in without travel insurance...

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