Lifestyle and Culture in Spain
Spain is characterized by many interesting factors that set them apart from the rest of Europe. 76% of the population in the country live in big cities. The largest of which are Barcelona, Madrid and, Valencia.
The cosmopolitan capital of the Catalonian region is known for its art and architecture. The locals here enjoy visiting the beach right during their lunch breaks.
Fiesta's and festivals are very popular in the city, taking place almost every night in the summer. There are many modernist landmarks scattered around the city some of them include the fantastical La Segrada Familia, the timeless Cathedral of Barcelona and the Casa Milà.
One of the largest cities on the continent, Madrid is the business hub of Spain. The city is littered known for its medieval architecture, wonderful nightlife and the largest outlets that peacefully co-exist in a city of fancy boulevards and huge properly grown parks such as the Buen Retiro.
Madrid is famous for its very broad collection of classic European art and has produced some of the best art in modern history.
The third-largest city in Spain and offers a lot more relaxed lifestyle. The city is known for its art and sciences, with futuristic structures including a planetarium, an aquarium, and many interactive museums.
Generally, Spaniards prefer small cars as they are easy to navigate and very economical. They are also huge in motorcycling. The number of motorcycles per 1000 people here is the biggest in all of Central Europe. The country has gained notoriety for its bureaucracy and love for ‘due process’.
Spanish people do not like to stress so much, it is very common to see shops closed on the weekends. Spanish people also go on vacation in the summer, so many establishments might be closed during this period.
Spaniards are very friendly and generous people, but their main feature is that they are never in a hurry anywhere, both at work and in their daily activities. For them, it would seem like the material side of life is less important than the opportunity to go see a football game, sit with a glass of wine in the company of friends and enjoy life in general.
Olive oil, Wine and Citrus fruits are not only of economic value to the Spaniards, but they are also of cultural and traditional significance. All three items can be found in every household in Spain.
Spanish people are very diverse and differ from region to region so stereotypical activities like bullfighting and flamenco dancing are not obtainable everywhere.
Popular Spanish cuisine includes; Paella, Tapas, Gazpacho, Croquette, and Tortilla Española. Sangria and Dry red wine with ice and fruits are the two most popular drinks in Spain after coffee that is.