Things that may surprise you if you are a foreigner and visit Spain

In this blog We usually bring you information about good tourist destinations, sea, mountains and also tips and advice if you are Spanish or of any other nationality and visit a country other than yours (Chile, Japan, Mexico, etc.). However, we rarely "look at our navels" and advise those who come from abroad to visit or live in Spain.

As it can happen with any other country, Spain has its good things, its bad things, its oddities and its surprises. That is why we want to tell you about it here today so that if you pay us a visit, either soon or for a long time, do not catch you off guard and you can get used to it as soon as possible the better. Keep reading and you will discover some things that may surprise you if you are a foreigner and visit Spain.

Spaniards and tapas

Spaniards are very “tapas”. By cover it is known to go out for a drinkWhether it's mid-morning, mid-afternoon or night, to any neighborhood bar or cantina, and eat some patatas bravas or anchovies in vinegar with a beer or wine. We can do the same at 11 in the morning as at 7 in the afternoon. The time is indifferent to us.

In addition to going for tapas to taste good food, which Spaniards tend to be very proud of our gastronomy and Mediterranean food, by the way, we do it to meet friends or family, chat and have a good time.

In addition, our good weather and our sun, incite it ...

The Spanish and the nights out

I have heard more than one foreigner and more than two, being surprised by our nights out. They do not understand how leaving at 11 or 12 at night to party we can endure until 8 or 9 in the morning the next day. Apparently, this overseas does not happen much.

It is true that as a general rule we usually like to go out at night and take advantage of the late hours of the morning on weekends, but when else would we do it?

Ham, potato omelette and paella

We have many more typical dishes in Spain, but the ones you will listen to the most and the ones who will invite you more than one Spaniard in Spain will be our delicious Iberian ham, a good potato omelette (with or without onion) and a delicious Valencian paella. Two things can happen when you try these dishes during your stay:

  1. That you consider ham a new delicacy that you no longer want to do without.
  2. That you finish up to the crown of so many typical Spanish dishes and then miss them in your country of origin.

Insults to dear people

Insulting, everyone knows how to insult, and each country does it in the same way except with different language. However, in Spain we not only insult someone who has bothered us or has done us some kind of scoundrel, no ... Also we insult, yes, with a lot of love, to friends with whom we meet on the street or in any other place unexpectedly or having met them. This type of insults logically does not want to belittle or harm the person and is like a affectionate and friendly gesture towards the person who is told.

When this happens it is because with the person we "insult" with affection we have a lot of confidence and a fairly strong degree of friendship.

We eat later than the rest of Europeans

Our usual food, unless you work early, is usually done between 2 and 3 in the afternoon, so so. While in the rest of Europe, it is usual to eat around 12 in the morning or at 1 pm at the latest.

The same thing happens with dinner, which we usually do between 21:00 p.m. and 22:00 p.m. approximately. In Europe, for example, the French have dinner at 19:00 p.m. and let's not even talk about the English ...

It is often said that "Spain is different" But as I suppose it happens with any other country, be it European, Latin American or Asian, each one has its own things and that by tradition and / or culture have remained and have been established over time.

Of course, we are very nice and very supportive people, so we guarantee 3 things:

  • You will have a good time.
  • You will see very nice places.
  • You will never get bored.
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  1.   Roberto pereira said

    Very good article!! And luckily you have not commented on the topic of the siesta. Keep it up 🙂

    1.    Carmen Guillen said

      Hello Roberto. Thank you for your comment 🙂 I have not commented on the "hot topic" of the siesta, not so topical I think, because there are seasons, especially in summer, that the "siesta" is almost a duty ... At least in southern Spain, where At 3 and 4 in the afternoon the average temperature is 40 ºC and you don't want to do anything more than take a nap… And I haven't put it either because thanks to the Spanish, naps are a new habit for many countries: USA, China , Japan, etc ...

      A greeting! 🙂