Bienvenida - Hello in Spanish
Bienvenida is a common greeting in Spanish. We present to you some interesting information about Spain.
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Spanish is a Romance language that originated in the Iberian Peninsula of Europe. Today, it is a global language with nearly 500 million native speakers, mainly in Spain and the Americas.
Here are some awesome facts about the Spanish language and Spain,
The Spanish language derives from a particular type of spoken Latin.
The Royal Spanish Academy is officially responsible for being the custodian of the Spanish language. It has its home in Madrid and operates numerous language academies through the Association of Spanish Language Academies in the 21 other countries that speak Spanish.
Spanish people have a very delicate tradition, they eat grapes at the time of New Year’s countdown. According to the people, if you manage to eat one grape at each exact stroke of midnight, you’ll have good luck for the rest of the year.
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In Mercado Central a.k.a. the central market of Valencia, you can buy everything from cold meats, fish, and cheese to olives, wine, and spices. Moreover, this 8,000-meter-squared market was designed in 1914 with interesting Valencian Art Nouveau architectural style.
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Another interesting place that you should visit is the oldest restaurant in the world, El Restaurante Botín. It has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as well.
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Experiencing the local foods always gives you access to understand the people and their customs and traditions. Here are some authentic Spanish dishes that you should not miss, Croquetas, Tortilla Española (Spanish omelette), Gazpacho (tomato soup), Fabada (bean stew), Paella (rice dish), Gambas al ajillo (Spanish garlic prawns), Jamon Iberico (Iberian ham), Salmorejo (Spanish tomato purée), Pan Con Tomate (Spanish bread with tomatoes), Bocadillos (Spanish baguette sandwiches), Montaditos (Spanish finger sandwiches), Chorizo (Spanish sausage), Boquerones Fritos (Spanish fried anchovies), Bacalao Al Pil Pil (The Basque-style fried codfish), Pisto, Pulpo a la gallega, Patatas bravas.
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To end this kind of majestic meal with a sweet note, have some Spanish desserts like Leche Frita, Churros Con Chocolate (Spanish fried-dough pastry with chocolate), TARTA DE SANTIAGO (Spanish almond cake), Crema Catalana (Spanish caramel custard), Arroz Con Leche (Spanish rice pudding).
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People usually associate Wine and Cheese platters with French cuisine. However, Spain also has a great selection of wines and cheese. From moreish cheeses like manchego to exquisite Spanish wines La Rioja, there’s something to satisfy all tastes.
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In Spain, Ibiza is famous for clubbing, and sun-and-sand parties. This pine-clad, sun-kissed island is truly a captivating hotspot in Spain, the beautiful coastline with the blue water is the cherry on the top. Some other cool destinations are Park Guell, a wonder-park made of natural resources; Costa Brava, a medley of tranquil villages, beaches, local foods, and shopping places; Pub Crawl, famous for clubbing and booze; La Rioja Vineyards, a great place for Wine Tasting; The Canary Islands, one-stop place to witness beaches, historic monuments, volcanic mountain, museums, and archaeological park; Guggenheim Museum, Plaza Mayor, El Teide, La Sagrada Familia, The Alhambra, El Retiro Park, La Concha Beach.
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Around the year many festivals take place in Spain, some to signify deep religious and historical meaning and others just to have fun. We have shortlisted few sensational festivals that you should experience, La Tomatina, Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Fermin Fiestas in Pamplona, The Fallas of Valencia, The Great Wine Fight - La Batalla de Vino de Haro, La Merce Festival in Barcelona, Seville April Fair, Cordoba Courtyard Festival, San Bernabe Festival.
Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about Spain, let us all know!