THE SPANISH ARE LAZY AND LOVE TO SLEEPTHE SIESTA.In the European Union, theSpanish have the longestworking hours and they workvery hard. Many people nowlive in the suburbs, quite farfrom where they work, and donot have time to go home forlunch, what with the traffic. Sothey cannot sleep the siesta.They probably sleep the siestaon weekends, when they can.The Spanish also have lessvacation than their otherEuropean counterparts.The Spanish also sleep lessthan other Europeans.
SPAIN IS THE LAND OF SUNSHINE AND BEACHES.Spain has more sunshine than therest of Europe because it is at thesouthern tip of Europe. Yet itsgeography is very varied. There arethe central plateau, theMediterranean coast, the Atlanticcoast, and the Pyrenees.Andalusia. Of course the north canbe colder and has more rainthroughout the year than the south.The beaches in Spain have a verywide variety, from theMediterranean to the BalearicIslands and the Canary Islands tothe waves along the North coast.
SPAIN IS THE LAND OF BULLFIGHTS.The bullfight is no longer considereda sport in Spain, but is described asa cultural tradition. Yes, there arebullfights in Spain, but theirpopularity is decreasing every year.The majority of people who go tobullfights are middle aged and olderpeople. This tradition is entering acrisis because fewer people attendthe bullfights every year. There isnow a growing and progressivemajority that wants to get rid of thebullfight because it considers thebullfight as something cruel,something that is irrelevant tomodern life. Time will tell!
SPAIN IS THE LAND OF FLAMENCO.It is said that the majority of thepopulation do not know how todance flamenco. Flamenco has itsstronghold /(bastión)inAndalusia, especially in Seville.Flamenco dancers are verydedicated people because of thedifficulty of the dance, and itrequires constant practice. Everyregion of Spain has its traditionaldance, but definitely the flamencois the most dramatic dance. Thereare famous flamenco schools inSpain now that attract a largenumber of foreigners fromEurope, the Americas, and theOrient.
ALL SPANISH PEOPLE HAVE DARK HAIR, DARKEYES, AND DARK SKIN.This stereotype is not true.These two tribes wereGermanic tribes and they lefttheir genes in Spain. dark skinis not natural, and people wholive in the South or along theMediterranean coast may havea deep tan, but that is becausethey may spend a lot of timeoutdoors while the sun isshining. Also among all of theSpanish, a deep tan is a statussymbol, meaning that one hasthe time and money to bevacationing on the beach.
SPAIN IS THE LAND OF PAELLA AND SANGRIA.Yes, this is true. The Spanish love paellaand in almost every part of Spain one canfind some sort of paella in the restaurants.The paella has many different forms andthe most famous one is the paellaValenciana. The sangria is not so popularwith the Spaniards, as it is with tourists.Red wine is drank with everything in Spain.In other countries there are rules, such asthat with fish one drinks white wine, but inSpain they prefer to drink red wine.Wine making is one of the principalindustries in many parts of Spain, such asin La Rioja. In the south of Spain, such asin Jerez, they produce sherry ( a fortifidewine).
SPAIN IS THE LAND OF FIESTAS.Yes, this is true. Everycity, town and village has afiesta once a year. Many timesit is to honor their patron saint.People in Spain like to have funand the fiesta is the time tohave it. of the fiestas are verycolorful events, when theSpanish put on the costumesof their region and cook thefood their region is famous for.
THE SPANISH LOVE THEIR HAM.This is true. The most appreciatedham among the Spanish is the “patanegra” from the province of Huelva.The pigs from this region have blackhooves, and that is the meaning of“pata negra”. The ham has a slightlynutty taste and is considered agourmet item in Spain.Many other people in the world havevisited Spain and tried the ham andnow have a taste for it. Spain is aboutto start exporting this ham to all partsof the world. One Spanish companyhas won approval to sell its ham to theU.S., a very big potential market. Spainis also trying to sell ham to China, acountry that loves pork products.
THE SPANISH MEN ARE LATIN LOVERS.The majority of Spanish men do notmeet the stereotype of the latinlover. However the latin lover is aliveand well in Spain. One just has tolook at national TV, which loves toreport on the exploits of manyfamous playboys. Because of themixture of races, one can say thatthe genes Spanish have are verystrong and vibrant, and they producevery beautiful women and handsomemen. One has to just sit at asidewalk café and observe thepeople passing by to see somephysically very beautiful peoplepassing by.
CONCLUSIONS There is much more to Spain than what the stereotypes paint. Spain is /was a modern, industrialized country, with a high economic growth rate. The Spanish are determined to improve their standards of living. They also want to project a new image to the rest of the world because some of the stereotypes about them are negative and are not true. They will keep the positive stereotypes.