Amazing facts about Spain
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.
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.
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.