“¡Viva España! Cantemos todos juntos con distinta voz y un solo corazón.”
“Long live Spain! Let’s sing together, with different voices, and only one heart.”
Marcha Real or Royal March, the national anthem of Spain, located on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, has no official lyrics. The capital of Spain, Madrid, is a city of impressive boulevards and expansive, manicured parks.
Here are some more facts about the “Land Of Passion”:
1. Blue Blood
Spain is officially called “The Kingdom of Spain”.
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2. Size Matters
Spain is the second largest country in Europe.
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3. Spanish Gratification
The Spanish believe in appeasing themselves and therefore they like to spend 16 hours out of 24 to indulge in drinking, eating, leisure and sleeping.
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4. Greatest Artists
Spain has homed from Velazquez in the 17th century, Goya in the 18th and 19th to Picasso, Miró and Dali in the 20th.
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5. No Tooth Fairy
On the flip side, instead of a fairy comes a rat called Ratoncito Pérez to leave money or a gift in lieu of the broken tooth.
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6. Place Of Fiestas
Spain is all about festivals like Semana Santa, San Fermin, La Tomatina, Las Fellas, Feria de Sevilla, carnival, Cristianos y Moros and what not?
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7. Centre of Country
The Puerta del Sol (“Gate of the Sun”) plaza in Madrid is the physical centre of the country.
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8. The Twelve Grapes
This custom is followed to bring good luck on New Year’s Eve and so the Spaniards celebrate it by eating one grape with their family for each bell strike of the clock.
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Honestly, this list was not complete without mentioning about the most valuable team in the world, Real Madrid.
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10. Party Animals
Ibiza, an island in Spain is one of the most favourite party destinations in Europe.
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11. Bulls And Bears
Apparently, bull is the national animal of Spain.
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12. Unknown Rice
Spanish rice is unknown in Spain.
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13. Public Nudity
There are no laws against public nudity in Spain.
14. Oldest Lighthouse
World’s oldest light house exists in Spain and is called The Tower of Hercules.
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15. Olive Oil
Italy is the first thing which comes to some of our minds when we talk about oil production. In reality, it is Spain which produces 45% of the world’s Olive Oil.
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