14 Sep 2023
Keep reading to learn more about some of Spain’s most iconic landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia. We also explore Spain’s cultural impact in the world of music, dance and art.
Spanish Cuisine is about as diverse as the country itself. It offers everything from their famous paella, fresh seafood, delicious meats and the popular tapas. Food in Spain is heavily influenced by Mediterranean ingredients such as fresh fruit, vegetables, olive oil and lean meats. Some of Spain’s most famous dishes include paella, gazpacho, Spanish omelette, patatas bravas and many more. This European country is also known for its wine and exports over 20 million hectolitres of wine per year. Spain offers more than 400 varieties of grapes so this allows Spanish wine to create a range of delicious flavours. Besides the iconic Sangria, Spain is also known for Cava, Sherry, Rioja and Ribera del Duero.
Spain is a country which has played a key role in the history of European art. Some of Europe’s most famous artists and artworks have come from Spain. These include:
Diego Velazquez was one of Spain’s most talented painters and is famous for his painting ‘Las Meninas’.
Francisco Goya was famous for painting court portraits and haunting paintings such ‘The Third of May 1808’.
Pablo Picasso is one of the world’s most famous artists of all time. Known for playing a key role in Cubism and Surrealism eras.
Salvador Dali was famous for his bizarre personality and his bizarre artwork such as ‘The Persistence of Memory’.
Antoni Gaudi was the brain behind some of Spain’s most famous attractions. These include Park Güell and Sagrada Familia.
Located in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is one of Spain’s most popular tourist attractions. Work started on this Gaudi creation in 1882 but is still not complete today. It is expected that the work will be completed on this landmark by 2030. There are religious symbols and scenes represented throughout this landmark including the Nativity Facade. Antoni Gaudi spent the final years of his life working on the Sagrada Familia. After his death, he was buried in a crypt under the building. In 2005, the Sagrada Família was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Spain is famous worldwide as one of the biggest countries in the world of football. La Roja won their first men's World Cup in 2010 in South Africa. They also won three European Championships (1964, 2008, and 2012). Their international team was known for creating a golden generation at one point which included top names in football such as Xavi, Iniesta, Casillas, Alonso, Ramos and many more. In recent years, the women's team has also become a leader in the football world. They claimed their first ever World Cup in the summer of 2023. Spain is also home to some of the biggest club teams in football including Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Spain is one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations for a range of different reasons. It offers everything from city breaks with lots to see in Barcelona and Madrid. Or you can opt for a food and wine experience in the Basque country. Spain also offers some of Europe’s best beaches which makes the Canary Islands a popular choice for all ages. Many holiday goers opt for Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca in the Summer to enjoy the beaches in the day and the exciting nightlife in the evenings. So it is no surprise that Spain is a top holiday destination. Whether you are looking for adventure, food, beaches, relaxation or a fun nightlife, Spain has it all.
Spanish music and dance is known for being lively and passionate. The world of dance has been heavily influenced by Spain. Some of the most popular dances in ballroom dancing are Spanish such as the Flamenco, Paso Doble, Rumba and the Salsa. Music in Spain has traditionally been influenced by Latin rhythms and distinctive Spanish guitar sounds. Modern Spanish music now includes pop, reggaeton, dance and more genres. There are many Spanish artists featuring in music charts around the world including Rosalia, Enrique Iglesias, Juan Magan and more.
Spain is home to 47 million people. It is also home to many different nationalities who decided to make Spain their new home. Over 700,00 Moroccans, 61,000 Mexicans and 80,000 Nigerians now call Spain their home as well as many other nationalities. Many of these people who now call Spain their new home, stay connected to their loved ones back home with Ding. If like them, you want to stay connected with your loved ones, send them a mobile top-up or gift card today with Ding.
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