Think You Know Everything About Spain? 10 Interesting Facts.
1.- Sangría: This world famous drink – also called a punch – traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit. Often there will be other ingredients added, such as orange juice or brandy.
2.- Siesta : The short nap, called Siesta, helps with digestion and to recover energies to keep up with the rest of the usually hot summer days in Spain. It is held after lunch and during the warmest hours of the day.
3.- Paella: This traditional rice dish includes Valencian paella, vegetarian/vegan paella, seafood paella and mixed paella, amongst many others. Valencian paella is believed to be the original recipe and consists of white rice, green beans (bajoqueta and tavella), meat, white beans, snails, and seasoning such as saffron and rosemary.
Another very common but seasonal ingredient is artichoke and seafood paella replaces meat with – you guessed it – seafood and omits beans and green vegetables.
You could call the mixed paella a ‘free-style’ combination of meats, seafood, vegetables, and sometimes beans. Most paella chefs use bomba rice due to it being harder to overcook, but Valencians tend to use a slightly stickier rice (and thus more susceptible to overcooking) variety known as Senia.
4.- Flamenco: An artform native to the Spanish regions of Andalucía, Extremadura and Murcia Flamenco is not just a dance. It includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dancing), jaleo (vocalizations), palmas (handclapping) and pitos (finger snapping).
5.- Camino de Santiago: Pilgrims visit the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts as well as organized tours.
6.- Tapas/Pintxos: Small snacks eaten during lunch hours or in the evening while enjoying some beverages.
7.- Tomatina: Festival held in the Valencian town of Buñol, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in a tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
8.- Encierros: People run in front of bulls early in the morning, trying to move them from the poultry yard to the bull fighting square.
9.- Horarios amplios: Shops, restaurants and bars are usually open late and you can still have dinner even after 22:00h.
10.- Vida en la calle: Spanish people love to be outside. Especially when the day cools down in the evening when you will find people of every age in the street to meet, chat, walk around or to just to enjoy the fresh air.