Travelling used to be a luxury, and such limited possibilities to visiting foreign countries has caused many misconceptions about their people and culture. Nowadays, there are all kinds of cheap flights, accommodation possibilities and online forums that serve as sources of information.
Spain is without doubt one of the countries that have been a frequent subject of such myths and misconceptions. However, once these were widely shared with the public, it became clear that they needed to be debunked. Read on about the top myths regarding Spaniards and their way of life, and learn a few tips before your visit.
#1 – The Whole of Spain Loves Flamenco
There is no doubt that the flamenco is considered a trademark of Spanish culture, although it is initially originated from the region of Andalusia. Through internal migration, it has spread to other parts and become a symbol of their musical wealth, but that does not mean that it is loved by everyone. Plus, the flamenco consists of several segments, like the instruments, the clapping and dancing, even though most foreigners believe it is all about beautiful women swirling in their frilled red dresses across the dance floor.
#2 – Tapas are a Kind of Dish
Most tourists believe tapas are a kind of dish, like paellas per say, but tapas are basically a form of serving that can consist of all kinds of snacks and sauces. It is usually served in a larger plate, often as a snack along with your drinks. Another myth about tapas is that tourists believe these come free when you order drinks at any bar, but the truth is that there are only a handful of places where you can get this type of service.
#3 – Summer Throughout the Year
The weather misconception is one of the most frequently faced, as tourists expect a sunny 30 degrees Celsius in December and end up freezing. The truth is, Spain does enjoy a warmer Mediterranean climate, but the northern and more continental parts can get quite cold.
#4 – Spaniards Love Sangria
Spaniards don’t drink that much Sangria, and usually stick to the typical beer or wine choices as everyone else in general. In fact, ordering Sangria in a bar allows the bartender to mark you as a tourist, as rarely any local prefers this cocktail as their chosen drink.
Extra tip: use the opportunity and try their wines, made by some of the finest grapes that often find their way to other countries and under much more expensive labels.
#5 – Spaniards are Notorious & Passionate Lovers
There is no denying that Spaniards are known to be more lively, noisy and passionate about their likings than other nationalities. Still, they are generally a calm and reserved people that don’t get into too much direct contact with strangers.
This image of the Spaniard as a risk-driven, casino-gambling, bull-fighting and lover-prone personality comes from the more conservative times. Back then, the male population couldn’t attract any of the conservative females and often engaged in amorous relationships with the tourists, who later spread the rumor.