Paella is as well known around the world as anything else Spanish: Tapas, flamenco, bullfighting … Paella. This very special and very Spanish dish is a 15th-century creation from the region of Valencia. Fideuà on the other hand is a much more modern creation that originated in the region of Gandía, also in Valencia, and is very similar to paella and at the same time altogether different. In this article, we will go over the differences and similarities between these two amazing dishes. … Read More
If the culture of a given country is defined, as it is often the case, as the group of elements that are shared by a particular group of people, it would soon strike us that Spanish culture is diverse. Beyond the most obvious stereotypes of siesta, bullfighters and flamenco dancer, lies a deeper way in which live is understood.
Spanish culture is complex, dynamic and rich. As in many countries in the world, globalisation has introduced many changes to daily routines and even to what people believe is right or wrong. Nevertheless, there are many things which are clearly “Spanish” As in many other places in the world, Spanish culture is today best enjoyed and perceived away from the larger cities. It is in small towns in Spain and villages where shared behaviours shape routine, where culture is made more obvious and best enjoyed.
In this section we have compiled a group of articles that cover different dimensions of the so called Spanish culture in-depth. They range from gastronomy to famous people, from sports to arts, traditions, religion and party.
Each 15th of May in Madrid is the festival of San Isidro, the patron of Madrid. For a period of five days, locals take to the streets to celebrate their pilgrimage in the Pradera of San Isidro and also to enjoy music, dancing and Madrid cuisine in the gardens of the Vistillas.
The day before the party, in the streets of downtown Madrid, you can hear the excitement from the Parade of Giants, announcing the arrival of the Proclamation that occurs on the afternoon of the 14th on Plaza de la Villa. … Read More
The patron saint of the city of Barcelona is the Virgen de la Mercé, and is celebrated every September 24TH since the nineteenth century to dismiss the summer solstice and prepare for the arrival of the colder months.
A Mediterranean feast that brings back all the inhabitants of the city to enjoy music, dance and street entertainment with Giants, Castellars and Sardanas that dance to traditional instruments such as the “chirimía” a kind of hornpipe. … Read More
Flamenco is passion, music, dance, and an icon of Spanish culture. Flamenco shows can be enjoyed all over Spain at tablaos. This music genre is deeply rooted in Spanish history and its evolution is full of anecdotes and interesting stories. In this post, we invite you to the wonderful and colorful land of Flamenco music and flamenco dance. … Read More
The current flag of Spain features two red stripes, one wider yellow stripe in between, and the Spanish crest is featured, slightly offset to the left. But the flag of pain has suffered many transformations over the centuries, as the governing powers changed hands. In this article, we go over all of the changes the flag has experienced and why. … Read More
The Canary islands are a group of islands Southwest of the Iberian Peninsula, west of the coast of Morocco. The islands enjoy a stable, warm weather all year round and boast diverse natural areas and excellent beaches which have contributed to the development of tourism. Its history is surrounded by mysteries, theories and fantastic myths and stories. … Read More
When people commonly refer to the Spanish diet, the image typically portraited is that of the Mediterranean diet. Olive oil, grains, vegetables, fruit, fish…We cannot, however, refer to just one single Spanish diet since there are many regional differences. In this article, we are going to cover those and highlight some of Spain´s most well-known local dishes. From the valencian paella to the ,madrid cocido,learn all about spain’gastronomy … Read More
No one knows exactly when Jews in Spain started to arrive. There are many rumors and legends on the subject that were spread by Jewish and Christian chroniclers, during the sixteenth century.
As the story goes, they began to arrive during the time of King Solomon, following the routes traversed by sailors. Another theory is that they began to arrive after their exile from Judaea, as ordered by Nebuchadrezzar. … Read More