You are planning your next vacation trip to beautiful Spain. But do you have some misconceptions about the country? Let’s see!
#1. Spanish Food is Spicy
Myth! Many people think that Spanish food (from Spain) is nearly the same as Mexican food. Although Spain and Mexico share some commonalities, they are on two different continents and their food is not that much alike. In fact, many Spanish people don’t even like Mexican food. A Spanish person is more likely to think that adding paprika to a dish makes it spicy.
#2. Everyone in Spain takes siestas
Myth! In UK, people tend to associate Spanish people with siestas. It is generally thought that people in Spain nap everyday after work. This is an old tradition that still happens from time to time, usually among older people and during weekends. However, with new work schedules and busy lives, not many people have time for naps anymore.
#3. Everyone Does the Flamenco
Myth! Flamenco originated in Andalucía, the southern part of Spain, and it is still popular there. However, you won’t see it much throughout the rest of Spain. Also, it should be known that Flamenco is not just a dance, it has guitar, vocals, and hand claps. Dancing is just one part of Flamenco, but Flamenco is not a dance in and of itself.
#4. Tapas are a Specific Food
Myth! Tapas are a way of eating food, not a certain type of food. You can make any type of food tapa. So, what is tapa? It is a small dish that you usually have with a drink. Normally this is done through bar hops throughout the city, that way you can sample a variety of foods and drinks all night long!
#5. The Weather is Always Warm
Myth! There are many places in Spain that rain a lot, especially during autumn and winter, so make sure you bring a raincoat and umbrella when you visit. There are other parts of Spain, especially the north, that experience cold weather during the winter. So, while much of Spain has warm weather, especially during spring and summer, it is far from being perfectly warm all-year round.