1. Home to the Fourth-highest Number of UNESCO World Heritage SitesSpain is popular for being the country with the second highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites worldwide. With 48 sites including Alhambra, Park Guell, Sagrada Familia, etc. Italy and China top the list with more than 55 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
2. Spain is the Largest Producer of Olive OilSpain being the largest producer of olive oil produces more than 1.5 million tonnes of olive oil every year, which is 45% more than the total production in the world.
3. The Oldest Restaurant in the World is in SpainLocated in Madrid, the oldest restaurant in the world as per the Guinness Book of Records, Sobrino de Botin has been operational since 1725.
4. Spain has the Third Longest Coastline in EuropeSprawled over an area of 4,964 kilometres, Spain has the third longest coastline in Europe that covers most of the beautiful beaches of the country. Norway and Greece top the list.
5. Spain Hosts the Most Prominent Food Fight Festival in the World.La Tomatina is an annual festival that is hosted in Bunol where people throw tomatoes at each other. The festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors every year and consumes 1,50,000 tomatoes during the entire festival.
6. Spain has the Second-highest Life Expectancy in the WorldThe average age of the Spanish people is 82.4 years, which is the second highest after Japan in the world.
7. Spain is a Country with 4 Co-official LanguagesApart from Spanish, some autonomous communities of Spain have co-official languages that are Catalan, Basque, Aranese, and Galician.
8. Spanish Culture has a Custom of Having Two Surnames.In Spain, people generally have two surnames, one from the paternal side and the other from the maternal side. This is a part of Spanish culture.
9. Spain Has Been the Birthplace of the World's Greatest Artists.Notable artists like Diego Velaques, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, El Greco, Joan Miro and Francisco Goya were originally from Spain.
10. The Spanish National Anthem Has no WordsThe Spanish national anthem, “La Marcha Real” does not have any lyrics but only a tune. This is also one of the oldest national anthems in the world.
11. Spain is the Country with the Highest Number of Bars per Capita.Housing more than 3,00,000 bars and restaurants, Spain has more bars per inhabitant as compared to other European Union countries. With roughly one bar for every 175 people, Spain stands in the top 10 in the list of highest numbers of bars per capita in the world.
12. Spain is the World’s Biggest Exporter of Strawberries.With around 300 million kilograms of strawberry production per year, Spain exports 90% of the total produce. The majority of the crops are cultivated in Huelva in Andalusia for Spain.
13. World’s First Modern Novel was Written in SpanishWritten in 1605, Don Quixote is the first modern novel in the world that was written by the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes in Spanish. Since then, the novel has been translated into 140 different languages and is known to be the 8th most translated book in the world.
14. Two of the World’s Biggest Football Clubs are SpanishSpain is the home ground for the biggest football clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid that are even competitors. The two clubs have a large fan following and share a huge rivalry in the football world.
15. Spain is the Second-largest Producer of Wine in the WorldKnown for producing delicious wine, Spain produces over 3.3 million tonnes of wine per year which makes it the second largest producer in the world after Italy. Rioja, Priorat and Ribera are the countries that top the list of wine production in Spain.
16. The Largest Royal Palace in Europe is in SpainLocated in Madrid, the Spanish Royal Palace is the largest royal palace in Europe sprawling over an area of 1,35,000 square meters.
17. Flamenco Music and Dance Originated in SpainOriginated in Andalusia of Southern Spain, the iconic Flamenco music and dance was started in Spain.
18. The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Has Been Under Construction for 135 YearsThe famous cathedral in Barcelona, Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882. The construction of the building is not expected to be completed until 2026.
19. Spain Has a Popular Culture of ‘Siesta’.The concept of siesta that involves a midday nap is a popular tradition in Spain that originated from the need to escape the sun in the hot afternoon.
20. Spain Has Been Given Second Most Number of Nobel Laureates in LiteratureAfter the United States of America, Spain is a country that has produced 7 Nobel laureates in literature.
21. The Basque Language of Spain is One of the Oldest Languages in EuropeAlso referred to as Euskara, the Basque language spoken in the Basque region of Spain is considered to be one of the oldest languages in Europe.
22. Spain is the Third-largest Producer of SaffronWith the saffron cultivation in La Mancha, Spain grows Creme and Spanish superior varieties of saffron that are mild in flavour and aroma.
23. Spain Follows a Strong Tradition of BullfightingBullfighting is a tradition in Spain that is legal in most parts of the country and is followed in a lot of Spanish cultures. The most popular event of bullfighting in Spain is the Running of Bulls hosted in Pamplona where people run in front of a group of bulls through the streets of the city.
24. Spain Has the Most Number of Blue Flag Beaches in the World.With 612 blue flag beaches, Spain has the most blue flag beaches that meet the strict environmental and water quality standard. These beaches are considered the cleanest and most beautiful beaches out of all.
25. Spain Follows a Unique Tradition of Building Human TowersHuman towers, called Castells in Spanish, are built as a tradition in Catalonia of Spain. This involves a team of people standing on each other’s shoulders to create a 10-level high tower. This is done as a procession during festivals and celebrations.
26. Spain Houses a Museum Dedicated to HamMuseo del Jamon or Ham Museum in Madrid is a unique museum of Spain that is dedicated to popular cured ham that is a popular delicacy in the country. Exhibiting the production and history of ham, this museum has various exhibits and shops where visitors can even buy various types of hams.
27. There is a “City of Ghosts” in SpainA town located in the Aragon region of Spain is known as the “City of Ghosts” for its history. Belchite town was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War and there are still ruins of the destruction making it historically rich.
28. Spain is Home to the World’s Largest Gothic CathedralWorld’s largest gothic cathedral, Seville Cathedral, is situated in Seville town of Spain. This cathedral is also recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site and is popular as the final resting place of Christopher Columbus.
29. Spain Follows a Unique Tradition on New Year’s Eve.Spain has a tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight on New Year’s Eve, with one grape dedicated to each stroke of the clock. This unique tradition is believed to bring good luck and charm in the coming year for people.
30. Spain Has a Unique Festival Called “La Rapa das Bestas”La Rapa des Bestas, which translates into “shearing of the beasts'', is a Spanish festival that is hosted in the Galician region of Spain. This festival is celebrated by rounding up wild horses from the mountains, herding them into a coral and shearing their manes and tails. This is a 400-year-old festival and is a significant cultural event in Spain.
31. The Unique Blue Wine was Invented in SpainGik Live, a blue wine that is made from a blend of red and white grapes, was invented in Spain and is a novelty drink now.
32. ‘Jamon Iberico’, a Unique Ham is Produced in SpainIberian Ham that is produced by curing the meat of a special breed of black Iberian pigs that are raised in a certain region of Spain. This type of ham is popular for its rich flavour.
33. Spain Follows a Unique Tradition of “Caganer” Figurines.The “Caganer” figurines of Spain which depict a person defecating are used for decoration in Catalonia of Spain.
34. Spain Has a Town That’s Entirely Built Out of SaltThe town of Cardona in Catalonia of Spain is entirely built on top of a salt mountain. This town is a popular tourist destination and holds a long history of salt mining.
35. The Spanish Language Has Over 3,000 Words of Arabic OriginWith the rich historical connection of Spain with Arabia, the Spanish language has various Arabic words in their language like ‘azul’, ‘aceituna’, ‘almohada’, etc.
36. World’s Third Tallest Volcano is in SpainThe highest mountain in Spain is Mount Teide which is also the third tallest volcanic structure in the world. It is located on the island of Tenerife and is 3,718 meters tall.
37. Spain Has the World’s Oldest Existing LighthouseThe tower of Hercules, located in the city of A Coruna of Spain was built by the Romans in the 2nd century and is the oldest existing lighthouse in the world.
38. Spain Has the Third-highest Number of International Tourists in the WorldAttracting over 83 million visitors every year, Spain is one of the most popular destinations in the world after France and the United States.
39. A Country with the Highest Number of Organ Donors in the World
Spain has the highest rate of organ donation in the world with over 49 donors per million people per year. The country’s opt-out system where everyone is considered an organ donor unless they take their name off the list has made this happen.
40. Spain has a Village with Only 13 InhabitantsThe village of Llanes de Luna in northern Spain has only 13 inhabitants and is the smallest village in the country.
41. The Spanish Royal Palace is the Largest Royal Palace in EuropeThe Royal Palace of Madrid is the largest royal palace in Europe by floor area and houses 3000 rooms. The palace is also the residence of the Spanish royal family.
42. The Longest Railway Tunnel in Spain is 28 km Long.Located in the Sierra de Guadarrama mountain range, the Guadarrama railway tunnel is the longest railway tunnel in Spain that covers an area of 28 km.
43. The Spanish Language Has Over 3,000 IdiomsRich in expressions and idioms, the Spanish language has an estimated 3,000 idioms that are used worldwide.
44. Spain Has a High-speed Train That Can Travel at a Speed of 310 mphThe AVE is the seventh fastest train in the world and the fastest in Spain. It runs with a speed of 310 mph and runs on a network of high-speed railway lines connecting major cities across the country.
45. Spain Has the Highest Speed Limit in EuropeSpanish highways allow a speed of 120 km/hour while driving. This is the highest speed limit in any country on the European continent.
Be it for a history buff or a foodie or just an explorer, Spain is a country that leaves no stone unturned to amaze with its cultural, geographical and travel offerings. No doubt, the country is one of the most travelled destinations as it has spellbinding facts and stories attached to each of its nooks making it a must-visit.