15 curiosities of Spain: the country of records

Street of bars in Spain

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Spain is the quintessential sun and beach destination. The truth is that there are also mountains and rain, just tell it to the north! Spain is also a country of traditions, customs, history and emotions. Today we are going to discover some curiosities of Spain that will leave you speechless.

Unique desert in Europa

In Spain there is the only desert in Europe: the Tabernas Desert in Almeria. It’s not the Atacama Desert in Chile, but it’s not bad.

Tabernas Desert in Almeria Spain

The most famous pilgrimage route

Have you heard of Camino de Santiago? It is, perhaps, the best-known pilgrimage route of all. This multi-day trek has as its representative symbol a Vieira Shell that in its beginnings was given to all pilgrims after visiting the tomb of St. James the Apostle. You can’t miss the Camino de Santiago experience!

Vieira Shell in the Way of Saint James

Country of vineyards

Spain is the country with the largest area of vineyards in the world, no more and no less than 967 million hectares! We don’t know if you’ll get to know all the vineyards in Spain, but we recommend that you don’t overlook the trail route among vineyards in Lanzarote (Canary Islands).

The underwater museum in Europe

Lanzarote is home to the only underwater museum in Europe. Yes, this means that it is under the waves of Lanzarote, about 12 meters deep! It’s called Atlantic Museum and it’s simply amazing. You know what plan we propose after touring the volcanoes in Lanzarote.

Unique working lighthouse

It has the oldest Roman lighthouse in the world and the only one still in operation. It is the Tower of Hercules in La Coruña, built in the 2nd century. With that name, we would expect no less.

Path to Tower of Hercules in Galicia

An active aqueduct

If you thought it was amazing that a 2nd century lighthouse is still working, wait until you hear about the Segovia Aqueduct. It was built in the 2nd century and still supplies water to the city. Do you dare to see it from the air on a balloon ride in Segovia?

Aqueduct of Segovia

The most expensive restaurant

Here comes one of the most most mind-blowing curiosities of Spain: the world’s most expensive restaurant is in Ibiza, it’s called Sublimotion and dinner costs 1.700 euros per person. Who’s paying?

The world’s largest mortar

According to the Guinness Book, Spain has the largest mortar and cup in the world which were built in the town hall of Macael in Almeria. Macael deserves a pat on the shoulder when you finish discovering at Cabo de Gata, one of the best dive sites in Spain.

A massive bubble gum

It also holds the record for ‘most number of people making a bubble gum at the same time‘. Isn’t it amazing?

Bars everywhere around

In Spain there is one bar for every 169 inhabitants, the highest ratio in the European Union. It is said that in Atocha street in Madrid there are more bars than in the whole of Norway. Do you dare to count them?

Street full of bars in Spain

Shared custody

Every six months, Pheasant Island, at Bidasoa river, changes its nationality from Spanish to French, so easy and with no paperwork involved.

Country of plantains

Spain is the only country in Europe that produces plantains. Specifically it is the Canary Islands, that’s why Canary Island plantain, it makes sense!

The oldest city

The oldest city in Europe is in Spain and it is Cadiz. And like the Tower of Hercules in La Coruña, it is still in operation – tell that to the people of Cadiz!

Cadiz Cathedral

Third preferred destination

On this occasion Spain does not take gold, but silver within Europe. It is the second most visited country after France. Outside Europe it takes the bronze because the United States is also ahead. You can’t always be first!

Leader in organ donation

Our favorite: Spain is leader in organ donation. An applause for Spain!

It seems that many of the curiosities of Spain are related to records: for the production of bananas, for its active lighthouse, the Desert of Tabernas, the number of bars and some other merits. If you rummage around you’ll find some not so positive ones, but we’ll keep these. What do you think?

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