Spain is a wonderful country that has much to offer the visitor. Not in vain is the third country in the world that receives more tourists, only behind France and USA. That’s why today we want to tell you 10 fun facts about Spain you may not be aware of.
So what has Spain and rabbits got in common? The name Spain comes from the word Ispania, which means the land of rabbits!
We have chocolate thanks to the Spanish
A fun fact about Spain is that thanks to the colonies that the Spaniards established in the American continent and their relations with North Africa, today we can all enjoy oranges, avocados, cacao, potatoes or sugar. The Europeans did not know any of these things until the fifteenth century.
What’s in a name?
The name Costa Blanca was dreamed up by British European Airways as a promotional gimmick to promote its flights between London and Valencia in the 1950’s. Costa Blanca means white coast. The promotion paid off as the area is still known as the Costa Blanca.
Good for your health
The Costa Blanca has one of the healthiest climates in Europe, says the World Health Organisation. Its warm temperatures throughout the year, clean air and low rainfall make it a great place to live. The climate is particularly good for people with arthritis or asthma.
What a lot of Costa
Costa Blanca has more than 200 km’s of coastline. They vary from vast expanses of white sandy beaches to rocky coves. The two Benidorm beaches of Levante and Poniente are the most popular. Many beaches have been awarded the blue flag
Anyone for Golf?
The Costa del Sol is home to the most golf courses in one area in the whole of Europe. Golf holidays on the Costa del Sol have become increasingly popular over the last 20 years as there are over 60 top class golf courses to choose from.
Cheers or ¡Salud!
Andalucia is one of Spain’s premier wine producing areas
Dolphins are a major feature of the waters along the Costa del Sol and there are many options to see these wonderful creatures.
The first modern novel is Spanish
The fun fact about Spain is that the first “modern” novel, the book translated into more languages after the Bible, and the one that holds the title of best book in history, was written by a Spaniard, Miguel de Cervantes. It is “Don Quixote” and was written in 1605.
And lastly around 406 million people in the world speak Spanish.
A fun fact about Spanish it is the second language in the world with more native speakers. It comes right after Chinese and right before English. Spanish was born in Spain, but today it is spoken throughout the American continent and in some places in Africa and Asia.