Things about Spain that Shock First-time Visitors

Cocktail Bar
Cocktail Bar
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The cheerful people of Spain do have some quirks that take first-time visitors by surprise. Have a look at some of the things that we have compiled which can be of help to understand the people of Spain a bit better.

  • Most number of bars per person in Europe

Spain holds the world record as the country with the most bars per person. Bars in Spain are places where people don’t just visit for a drink, but also for meeting other people, watching football, and also for celebrations.

  • Flexible with time

The Spanish go about their life at a leisurely pace, they are seldom in a hurry. At the Spanish restaurant and the waiter does not come quickly to you, so do not get offended, as he is not in a hurry and thinks you are not either.

  • Siesta
Man in hammock
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Every afternoon, everything comes to a halt in Spain when the people take their siesta - an afternoon rest or nap. Almost all Spanish people take a nap after lunch and the shops also remain closed. However, because of the rising tourism and demands in the market, currently, the siesta is becoming a dying tradition, atleat in the commercial places.

  • Hand Gestures

The Spanish people talk not only with their mouth but also by using their hands. So, while visiting Spain get to know about these gestures otherwise one can be clueless in an ongoing conversation.

Personal Space:

La Tomatina
La Tomatina
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When talking to a stranger don’t be startled if they come too close, they may even touch your arm or put their arm around you. Don’t worry, these things are considered normal and the people here are really affectionate and warm.

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