Espíritu Travel Guide: Things to Know before visiting Spain
The culture in Spain is so varied with influences from the Visigoths, Romans and Arabs. Spain is a mosaic of diverse traditions, cultures and ways of life and probably, it is one of the most beautiful countries to visit in Europe.
Here you are some interesting tips if you are preparing your trip to Spain:
Spanish people eat late
This is one of the main cultural differences. Lunch is from 2pm and dinner after 9pm. In a lot of places all over Spain, you might not find kitchens open until these hours but if you are hungry, you always can find tapas or snacks. Actually, in some places you can find a free tapa with your glass of wine or beer.
Spanish isn´t the only Official Language
Castellano (Castilian) is the Official Language but there are 3 other languages that are spoken in some Spanish regions and they are official too: Catalan, Galician and Basque.
Flamenco is not the National Dance
Flamenco is very popular worldwide and people often believe that it is the national dance of Spain but it´s not. Flamenco is originally from Andalusia region in Southern Spain and came from the gypsy communities. As a cultural country, Spain has more traditional dances: Muñeira in Galicia, Sardana in Catalonia or Paso Doble in the Center of Spain.
Spain has 46 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some are entire towns or natural spots and they are distributed all over the country.
Beyond the Iberian Peninsula
Spain has two territories in the North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, and also has two islands: Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and Canary Islands located in the Atlantic Ocean where it is the highest point on Spain: Pico del Teide, a volcano peak.
Spain is a very safe country to travel BUT you should be aware of pickpocketing especially in cities as Madrid, Barcelona and Seville.
Spain is member of the Eurozone so they use the Euro. It is an easy way to travel if you will visit, for example, two countries as Spain and Portugal because the use the same currency!
As a diverse country, Spain has an incredible number of dishes. Some of the most know: paella (of course!) from Valencia region; Jamón Ibérico, Tortilla de patatas (potato omelet), cocido madrileño, pulpo à feira (from Galicia)… All of them marinated with a good Spanish wine.