Blog about Spain, Italy and Portugal | - Part 2

Christmas in Spain

19 Dec 2015

Overall, the Christmas traditions in Spain, except for some characteristics listed below, are similar to the rest of Europe as for Christmas dinner, family reunions and gifts.

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Christmas officially begins on December 24th but unofficially Spaniards open the Christmas period on December 22nd with the draw of the Christmas lottery.

Why is the Christmas lottery so important and famous?

We will give you some data: average Spaniard spends on this particular lottery 50 euros every year. The draw achieved up to 50% of audience share (only football finals reach this figure). Also, about 2500 million euros (more…)

Top 5 cultural symbols of Portugal

7 Aug 2015

simbolos portugalPortugal – a small country on the south-west edge of Europe characterised by warm, mediterranean climate. Whether you are looking for relax, adventure, stunning architecture, delicious cuisine and wines, you will not be disappointed with what Portugal has to offer. For most tourists, the country means hundreds of kilometers of sandy beaches, but there is so much more to discover! The Portuguese culture is so interesting and varied, but we picked up 5 most important cultural symbols that you will see (or hear) for sure when (more…)

Siele: The first international certificate of Spanish is born

8 Jul 2015

sieleWhat is the Siele exam?

This is the only international exam that is able to certify your level of fluency in Spanish.

Literally: International Assessment Service of the Spanish Language (Siele – Servicio Internacional de Evaluación de la Lengua Española).

What is the purpose?

There are around 550 million Spanish speakers in the world (this includes more than 21 million of students who learn Spanish as a second language), yet there has been no  internationally recognised examination to certify proficiency in the language.

That is why, SIELE has been created to enable to determine a student’s Spanish skills, and can be administered practically in any point of the planet.

It is a fruit of a collaboration of the Cervantes Institute and the National (more…)

Holy Week in Spain / A unique experience

11 Mar 2015
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Come and discover these unique, truly Spanish, traditions during the Holy Week preceding Easter. They are real signs of Spanish identity and display an extraordinary cultural wealth that will stay in your memory for a long time.

In Spain almost 70% of the population are Catholics and the country has got a strong Christian tradition. During one of the weeks of April, Catholics celebrate Easter

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Way of St. James – Camino de Santiago

21 Feb 2015

monte do gozo camino santiagoProclaimed first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in 1987, the Camino de Santiago is the route taken by pilgrims from around the world to reach the city of Santiago de Compostela. Legend holds that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on what is now the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

The earliest records of visits to the shrine dedicated to St. James at Santiago de Compostela date from the 9th century. The pilgrimage to the shrine (more…)

Visiting Spain in winter? Of course!

26 Dec 2014

Here are some facts that make Spain an ideal winter destination. Whether you are looking for snow and winter sports or just on the contrary, some sunny beaches and mild, warm temperatures, Spain has it all! These are our suggestions:

ENJOY THE SNOW

sierra-nevada_spain_ibericaIn Spain there are more than 33 ski resorts spread throughout the country. Quality snow and many hours of sun in winter make it ideal for the ski lovers, both beginners and also the experienced ones.

Put your coat and boots on, grab the snowboard or skis and start sliding down the snowy slopes of Spain, the second most mountainous country in Europe.

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TOP 5 SPANISH INVENTIONS

22 Oct 2014

Chupa Chups

Chupa Chups is a popular brand of lollipop and other confectionery sold in over 150 countries around the world. The brand was founded by Enric Bernat in 1958.

chupa-chups-salvador-dali-iberica-languagesThe name of the brand comes from the Spanish verb chupar, meaning “to suck”. Bernat got the idea of a “bonbon with a stick” (more…)

OCTOBER the 12th: Hispanic Day (Columbus Day – The discovery of America)

11 Oct 2014

CARABELA COLON HISPANIDADOctober 12 commemorates the discovery of America in 1492, so each Spanish-speaking country celebrates it in some way or another. The discovery of America resulted in the so-called “meeting of two worlds” that transformed the life and the world-view of Europeans and Americans and was followed by European colonization of America.

Although it is a public holiday in Latin America, the relevance of this day is (more…)

Cutting the cod as a sign of power / Funny Spanish expressions related to fish

2 Sep 2014

WHAT DOES “TODO EL PESCADO VENDIDO” MEAN?

pescado-vendido-iberica-languagesIt means that a situation or a subject has a clear and definite quality that does not allow doubt or that cannot be changed. There is no point in waiting for some decision as it has already been made.

This expression comes from the times when the fishmongers went to sell in the shops until all the fish have been sold out meaning that at around 12 o´clock (at midday) they were (more…)

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