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National traditions of Spain. Habits, mentality and the way of living

Madrid Skyline Spain is home to bullfighting and siesta, which very vividly characterize the mentality of the inhabitants of this country. Passionate and emotional Spaniards are never in a hurry; they are always relaxed and try to enjoy every moment of life. People are very expressive and noisy. They communicate with each other in a high voice, always express their emotions in a bright and open manner. A traveler may think that in Spain all people are familiar. Random companions in the subway or neighbors in the park can communicate with each other as if they know each other for  ages. The Spaniards are very open and friendly; they smile and greet everyone they meet. Bright, stormy speech is complemented by active gesticulation.
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Spaniards owe their mentality to the peculiarities of the location of the country. The hot Mediterranean climate does not contribute to a long working day. On the contrary, the working capacity is reduced as much as possible in the midday heat. Spain has the longest siesta in Europe. It starts at 1 pm and lasts until 5pm. At this time shops, cafes, restaurants, and businesses do not work. Such a long afternoon rest helps the nervous system  to relax. At this time, Spaniards traditionally sleep, communicate, and drink coffee. The unhurried rhythm of life in this country is almost a national treasure. The Spaniards are proud to know how to love and appreciate life and enjoy all its moments.
Spaniards are very friendly and sociable, they like to talk and start a dialogue practically at every opportunity. Spain can definitely be called a country of happy people. It’s uncommon to meet someone with a tired, sour face. Even waiters in restaurants enjoy their work. You can often meet a waiter dancing or singing while taking order. Travelers quickly dive into the general atmosphere of fun and relaxation. In Spain, the institution of the family is venerated. It is customary to live together with parents. The family actively participates in the life of relatives. Elderly people are not sent to rest homes; on the contrary, they are treated with the special honor and attention, taken care of and helped in everything. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Welcoming a friend, colleague, acquaintance or relative, the Spaniards kiss each other on the cheek twice. In this case, a woman can touch the neck of a man, embrace him, and these gestures will only say about showing a friendly warm relationship. Spaniards quite actively interact with each other during a conversation; they touch shoulders or hands. They can touch even strangers on the street, after having entered into dialogue with them. The word 'kiss' is also a form of farewell without any overtone, so friends or colleagues can say it or write to each other. Spaniards are open people without prejudices and complexes, and therefore they freely display any emotions.
Spaniards are very respectful to everyone around, including tourists. Local residents are in no hurry, they will gladly answer the questions of interest, show the way and even bear a company. Spaniards are unsurpassed masters of compliments. At the market, a girl can be called a princess or even a queen. However, locals appreciate and respect the personal space. No one pushes in the queue or bus, and everyone is extremely polite and relaxed. Unlike the inhabitants of northern European countries, the Spaniards are very non-punctual. They very rarely come to meetings on time, even if these are important business negotiations. They perform the work accurately, but often at the very last moment.
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Spaniards don’t like to stay at home; they quickly become cramped and bored in a confined space. After a family dinner, if it takes place at home, they take to the streets to talk with neighbors or other relatives. This tradition is called paseo. That’s a special evening promenade. Locals can just walk around the city, look into the bar, and listen to the latest news. Communication is an important part of Spanish culture. Another national feature is the habit of putting everything off till tomorrow. Spaniards do not tolerate restrictions on their personal freedom, because that is the person who is in the first place in this country. All other cases can be postponed to the next day and done when the desire or time appears.
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♥   Catedral de San Cristóbal, La Laguna. On the map   Photos
♥   Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Teguise. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral de la Asunción, Ceuta. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral Vieja de Santa Cruz, Cádiz. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral de Nuestro Señor San Salvador, Jerez de la Frontera. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral de la Anunciación, Granada. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Huelva. On the map   Photos
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Castles of Spain
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Baza' Granada. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Guadix' Granada. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Loja' Granada. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Málaga' Málaga. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'Alcazaba of Mérida' Badajoz. On the map   Photos
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Unique traditions in cities of Spain

Barcelona
Spaniards have never been very punctual. This national trait is not a secret to anyone and so it is a typical reason for numerous jokes. Residents of Barcelona are accustomed to have a very late lunch, so local cafes start filling with visitors only after the noon. Dinners here are also fairly late, so many restaurants are open until midnight. When communicating with local residents, you should try to avoid political topics, and in any case not to talk about personal life - these topics are … Read more
Madrid
Locals have much respect for travelers who try to speak Spanish. Even if it is not very good, such tourist will certainly attract attention and get the necessary help. Emotional expression of there is normal for the citizens of Madrid. Together with friends even men can exchange kisses on a cheek and greet one another with a hug. The Spanish people are friendly to visitors. They love their city and are proud of the fact that it attracts so many travelers. Christmas holidays are the time for a … Read more
Sevilla
Perhaps, an irresistible attraction to the breathtaking sights such as bullfighting is one of the most striking features of the indigenous population. During several hundreds of years this kind of entertainment has been causing a lot of controversy, but for the residents of Seville and other Spanish cities bullfighting is not simply an exciting pastime, but a real national tradition. Bullfights usually attract travelers, who sometimes are ready to make long distance rides just to watch the … Read more
Benidorm
Another interesting holiday is celebrated on March 17. This is St. Patrick's Day. Many people also call it the day of Irish culture. During the holiday the local residents dress in clothes of green color and cook Irish dishes. In the afternoon various costumed processions are organized in the city. The local bars and pubs also prepare a special holiday menu for its visitors. For example, visitors can try a special green beer only during the day of celebration. The next day, March 18, is widely … Read more
Granada
As a rule, during the festival are held not less than 70 concerts. The famous theater of Isabel la Católica is considered the main festival venue. The festival attracts music fans of different generations. Here you can hear ethnic music and songs of more contemporary musical styles such as jazz fusion. During the daytime the performances are held in popular theaters and concert halls of the city. When darkness falls to the city, numerous nightclubs prepare great entertainment programs for … Read more
Valencia
Even a few centuries ago local residents praised the city's patron saint and celebrated the long-awaited arrival of spring. As a rule, such celebrations were accompanied by entertaining folk festivals and lots of delicious food. Traditionally, during the celebration people were encouraged to burn unnecessary old items. First of all the locals got rid of old candlesticks and various kinds of stands. They became simply unimportant as the duration of daylight increased because of spring. Modern … Read more
Salou
The main summer event in Salou is considered to be the Golden Nights’ Summer Fiesta which is annually visited by more than 300 thousands of foreign guests. Queen of the festival contest, bright music shows and great pyrotechnic production, street performances and fairs are the main events of the entertainment program of the grand summer fest. Many country fests are devoted to significant historical events. One of such holidays is the Festa del Rei Jaume I. The holiday is celebrated during a … Read more
Lloret de Mar
One of the main celebrations in the city’s calendar is the Fiesta Patronal dedicated to the patron saint Santa Cristina. The three-day event is usually held in late July. Solemn processions take place in a chapel named after the saint, and the main entertainment action is arranged in the central square. It is here that dancers perform the traditional dance “les almorratxes”, which has become an integral symbol of the holiday. Applicants for the performance of the dance are selected … Read more

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