15 Surprising Facts about Spain

spain investor info 2024

Here are a 15 surprising facts about Spain that many people find useful and interesting. Please let us know what you think.

  • Spain has a whopping fifty (50) sites that belong to UNESCO World Heritage . As such Spain has 3rd highest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites? Only Italy and China have more.
  • Spain has one of the world’s highest life expectancy rates and is predicted by some to be the country with the highest life expectancy by 2040.
  • Spain is the world’s second most popular tourist destination as per data from the UNWTO,
  • Wine & Olive Oil?…. Spain has been making wine for an estimated 3000+ years, with over 500 grape varieties + has the largest area of vineyards and olive groves in the world.
  • Spanish is the 2nd most widely spoken language in the world, so if you want to volunteer abroad to improve your Spanish skills, great idea.
  • Spanish is not the only language spoken in Spain: While Spanish (Castilian) is the official language, Spain boasts four other co-official languages: Catalan, Galician, Basque, and Valencian. Each region has its own unique culture and identity reflected in its language.
  • Spain is a land of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: With 49 sites, Spain ranks fourth in the world, offering a treasure trove of historical and cultural landmarks to explore, from the Alhambra in Granada to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
  • Paella isn’t the national dish: Though widely associated with Spain, paella is actually a regional dish from Valencia. Each region has its own specialties, so be adventurous and try different local cuisines!
  • Nudity is legal on some beaches: While not all beaches allow it, designated naturist areas exist in various regions like the Canary Islands and Andalusia.
  • Early afternoon is prime time for lunch: Don’t be surprised if restaurants only open late for lunch (around 2 pm) and dinner starts even later (around 9 pm). Embrace the relaxed pace and enjoy long, leisurely meals.
  • Tipping is not mandatory: Unlike in some countries, tipping in Spain is optional. While a small token of appreciation is welcome, it’s not expected.
  • Siesta is still a thing: While not as widespread as in the past, some shops and businesses still close during the afternoon heat for a siesta break. Plan your errands accordingly!
  • Spain is a hiker’s paradise: From the Pyrenees mountains to Sierras of Andalucia or the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, Spain offers diverse hiking trails for all levels.
  • Festivals galore: Spain celebrates countless festivals throughout the year, from La Tomatina tomato fight to Las Fallas fire festival. Immerse yourself in the vibrant local culture!
  • Beyond the beach: While Spain’s coastline is stunning, don’t miss the rich cultural offerings of inland cities like Toledo, Salamanca, and Segovia.
  • These are just a few surprising facts to pique your curiosity about Spain. With its diverse landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture, Spain has something to offer every traveler. So pack your bags, embrace the unexpected, and get ready for an unforgettable private Spain luxury trip of your dreams!

Contact us today for questions about luxury vacation travel, special events or relocation to Spain.

We hope you enjoyed these 15 surprising facts about Spain 🙂