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Amazing facts about Spain

Cave Painting Spain
*The first people to come to the Iberian Peninsula did so 1.2 million years ago. They left cave paintings behind which show their presence.

*Contrary to popular opinion the rain in Spain does not stay mainly on the plain but can instead be found in the mountains to the north.

*The lowest temperature ever recorded in Spain was at Lerida in 1956 when it dropped to -32 degrees Celsius.

*Spain's huge global empire has meant that today there are more than 400 million Spanish speakers in the world.

*King Fernando and Queen Isabelle were the ones who funded Christopher Columbus' voyage of discovery to America in 1492. The day when Columbus arrived in America is now celebrated as Spain's national day on October 12.

*The Spaniards introduced avocadoes, and cocoa, potatoes, tomatoes and tobacco to the Europe from their New World empire.

*Spain makes nearly half of all the olive oil used in the whole world. Most of that comes from Jaen in the west. That is also where three quarters of the world's saffron is grown.
Spanish Paella


*The paella and the Spanish omelette are considered to be the two main national dishes of Spain.




*Spain's highest mountain is El Teide which is on the Canary Island of Tenerife. This volcanic peak is more than 3,000 metres high.
Bullfighting Spain
*Spaniards love to cycle and the Vuelta de Espana is one of Europe's most popular cycling races. Bullfighting is another main national sport.

*The beret was invented by the Basque people of North Eastern Spain.

*Spain was neutral in both the first and second world wars though did have their own civil war of the 1930s.

*The city of Serrano in Andalusia is protected as the only area allowed to make Serrano ham by a Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) status.

*Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra is thought to be the first modern novel. It was published in 1605.

* In 2006 Spain was one of the first European countries to ban smoking indoors.

Quick facts
Government  Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarch
King   Juan Carlos I
Prime Minister  José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Population  2010: 46.03 Million
Date Format  dd/mm/yyyy
Drives on the  Right Side
Internet TLD  .es
Dialling Code  34 (+ 00 34)
Time Zone  CET
Currency  EUR - €

Spain PublicHolidays

Thu
08
Dia de Asturias
Thu
08
Dia de Extremadura
Thu
08
Nuesta Senora de la Victoria
Thu
08
Virgen de la Cinta
Thu
08
Virgen de la Fuensanta
Thu
08
Virgen de la Pena
Sun
11
Catalan National Day
Thu
15
Nuestra Senora de la Bien Aparecida
Sat
24
Our Lady of Mercy
Thu
29
St. Michael's Day

April

Fri
07
Our Lady of the Rosary
Fri
07
Virgen del Rosario
Sun
09
Dia de Communidad
Wed
12
Hispanic Day
Wed
12
National Day
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