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The culture and traditions of Spain

Spain is an incredibly rich and diverse country in terms of its culture and traditions. Despite that if you asked British people in the street what they would associate Spain with it would probably be paella and bull fighting plus a cheap holiday where it doesn’t rain. This is the home of El Cid and the diversity of the Arabic cultures that came over and left such an indelible mark on the country that is still felt today. It’s the birthplace of the Celts and has been influenced by the Roman’s the Phoenicia traders and the romans arch nemesis the Carthaginians. It is third in the world for UNESCO World Heritage sites and it is a thriving and bustling place that is a melting pot of cultural ideas and a fair amount of internal strife too. One thing it does do though is come together for the Spanish Grand Prix especially if their great hero Fernando Alonso is in with a shout of winning. You can experience this passion and joy first hand if you Spain F1 Paddock Club and go along to https://edgeglobalevents.com/f1-paddock-club/f1-paddock-club-spain to see the many options. What else does Spain have imbedded in its culture and traditions?

temple of roman empireThe creation of Spain, similar to Britain is based on the work of the Roman Empire. As with Britain and Gaul as the local tribes were subjugated either in battle or in economic and spiritual takeovers the tribes came under the roman yoke and accepted it. The laws and admin of empire bound the country together like never before and even after the fall of the Western Roman Empire the immigrating Visigoths and their ways did more to cement the elements of Christianity into the country following the vacuum left by the Romans.  This was to last until the early middle ages when the influence and settlers from the African North coast came over the short expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. This spread up through the Iberian Peninsula before a decisive battle in Poiters in 732 meant the end of expansion of the Muslim faith.

There then followed the Reconquista, where El Cid’s story is set as the forces of the Christian faith began to push back the North Africans. It left an imprint on the country still felt in its built heritage from the Central Spanish castle strongholds of Castile to the beautiful Moorish palace of Alhambra. There is a fierceness in the country recently seen in the Catalonian request for independence and the now quiet but still unresolved Basque region in the North. It is much more than a package holiday to Torremolinos.