Interesting Facts about Spain:
Spain is located on Iberian Peninsula in Europe. It is about 51st biggest country in the world and 3rd biggest in Europe. Moreover, it is also a populated country which makes about 28th most populated in the world and 6th most populated country in Europe, so this is a country which is enriched with many cultural heritages.Following are some of the interesting facts about Spain:
Birthplace of Spanish Language
Spain is the birthplace of the Spanish language. In the north of Spain, a region known as La Rioja is the area where the Spanish Language was born, which is ranked on the second place among people who speak it as their first language. The Invention of the Spanish language in Spain is the most exploring fact about Spain.
Invention of Spanish Guitar
Spanish guitar was invented in Andalusia in the 1790s in Spain. Not only Spanish musicians but musicians from all over the world make it as a part of their music. This guitar was modernized in the 1870s, and now it is also known as the nylon-string guitar.
Producer of Olive Oil
Spain lies on the first place in olive oil production, and it makes about 44% of the world olive oil productions. It is produced in the region Iberian Peninsula.
Spain with Different Names in History
Spain is the only country called with many names such as when North African passes through Straits of Gibraltar, they called it Iberia which means a ‘land of rivers.’ Peninsula was called as Hesperia meaning ‘land of setting sun’ when Greeks crossed it while Carthaginians called it Hispania which meant ‘land of rabbits.’
La Siesta, a custom in Spain
This is a midday break in Spain to eat lunch and take some rest. The exact origin of this custom is yet not known, but this is followed for many centuries to avoid exhaustion and to unite the family members from the busy routine of work.
Flamenco, a popular musical genre
Flamenco is the most popular musical genres of Spain. It consists of a short but not connected steps of dancing, hand clapping, castanets and guitar picking.
Oldest Known Cave Painting
According to researchers, the oldest known cave painting is found in the northern Spain. A faint red dot is found in that cave which is thought to be about 40000 years old.
Bullfighting, Spain major tradition
Bullfighting is considered as the most popular sport in Spain and its season lasts from spring through fall. It is a very violent sport, and many people protest for animal rights, but this is a strong tradition there which is followed up till now.
The most interesting fact about Spain is the Spanish Empire which is considered to be one of the oldest and largest Empires in history, as it led the exploration of the Europeans to the world and also builds the largest colonies in the world at that time.
Wind Power as Electricity
Spain was the first country where wind power was used as a source of electricity, and it produces about 54,000-gigawatt hours of electricity.