Spain sits on the Western edge of the only post-Christian continent on the planet.
One of history’s first global empires, its language is the third most spoken in the world.
The birthplace of bullfights, the Inquisition, and tapas, this land of deep passion needs new life breathed into their faith.
Though 94% of Spaniards declare themselves Roman Catholic, only 1/4 of the population attends a religious service once a month.
Whether you are hiking the Camino de Santiago or sitting at a cafe, will you share your life-changing faith in a land searching for meaning outside of tradition and religion?
As a Western European nation, Spain’s cultural norms are comparable to other first-world countries. However, the table etiquette is more informal. In many restaurants, diners will share and eat from common platters of food, instead of ordering individual servings. Meals are usually eaten late; lunch is mid afternoon and dinner can start after 9pm.
A typical greeting is a handshake between men and a kiss on either cheek between women.
The birthplace of Spanish, Spaniards use the form vosotros when speaking formally or to groups of many people.
If you can, spend time in Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Toledo. Each of these cities are known for their beautiful architecture, historical landmarks, and unique cultures. Don’t forget to eat some tapas!
While in Madrid, go watch a bullfight!
No matter where you are in Spain, there will be town plazas, beautiful cathedrals, and ancient castles nearby to explore.
For a great hike with beautiful scenery, check out the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, a pilgrimage route that winds through Spain all the way to France.