Spain quiz

How much do you know about Spain? #Spainquiz

Endless Blue Flag beaches, 44 World Heritage sites, 15 National Parks, a delicious and healthy Mediterranean diet, a lively atmosphere... We don't like to boast, but Spain has everything! We propose a set of questions for finding out whether you're a true fan of our country. Are you ready to test your knowledge? Let's play!


1 - In what museum will you find the famous ‘Guernica’, painted by Picasso in 1937?

Guernica by Picasso © Authorised reproduction, VEGAP 2011

Well done! That's the right answer! If you visit this museum in Madrid and see this painting for yourself, you'll be amazed. Nearly eight metres long, it's a heartfelt denunciation of the barbarism of war. But there is still room for hope: did you notice the flower in the hand of the figure lying down? Here you can see the exhibitions held on Madrid's Art Walk, so called because it's home to three of Spain's most important museums: the Reina Sofía, the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

No, sorry! The right answer is number 3. If you visit the Reina Sofía and see this painting for yourself, you'll be amazed. Nearly eight metres long, it's a heartfelt denunciation of the barbarism of war. But there is still room for hope: did you notice the flower in the hand of the figure lying down? Here you can see the exhibitions held on Madrid's Art Walk, so called because it's home to three of Spain's most important museums: the Reina Sofía, the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum.

2 - Which of these three places in Spain looks like the planet Mars?

Well done! That's the right answer! The mining district of Riotinto, in Huelva, has such unique landscapes that NASA scientists have come here to study its similarities to the planet Mars. But it isn't the only fascinating place in Spain - we also have the path that was once the most dangerous in the world, and even somewhere rumoured to be the legendary Atlantis. So where are all these? Take a look...

No, sorry! The right answer is number 1. The mining district of Riotinto, in Huelva, has such unique landscapes that NASA scientists have come here to study its similarities to the planet Mars. But it isn't the only fascinating place in Spain - we also have the path that was once the most dangerous in the world, and even somewhere rumoured to be the legendary Atlantis. So where are all these? Take a look...

3 - Look carefully at this video. How many kilometres of coastline does Spain have?

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Well done! That's the right answer! So why not reward yourself by making the most of these nearly 8,000 kilometres and enjoying some of the best beaches in the world. In our section on Beach destinations you can find seaside towns, beaches and wild coasts. Time to soak up some sun!

No, sorry! The right answer is number 2. But you can still make the most of these nearly 8,000 kilometres and enjoy some of the best beaches in the world. In our section on Beach destinations you can find seaside towns, beaches and wild coasts. Time to soak up some sun!

4 - A little more difficult… Looking at this picture, which would you say is the first place in the world where Upper Palaeolithic cave paintings were discovered?

Cave paintings

Well done! That's the right answer! The art of Altamira was painted between 35,000 and 13,000 years ago. Isn't that incredible? Later, it would inspire artists like Miró and Tapies. Today, access to this Cave, a World Heritage site, is limited (see the conditions here), but you can visit a museum where an exact replica has been created. If you want to see the other World Heritage sites in Spain, click here.

No, sorry! The right answer is number 1: the Altamira cave. The art of Altamira was painted between 35,000 and 13,000 years ago. Isn't that incredible? Later, it would inspire artists like Miró and Tapies. Today, access to this Cave, a World Heritage site, is limited (see the conditions here), but you can visit a museum where an exact replica has been created. If you want to see the other World Heritage sites in Spain, click here.  

5 - What ingredients make a Spanish omelette (tortilla) different?

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Well done! That's the right answer! In fact, the potato omelette is also known as Spanish omelette. And if you have a delicious ingredient like olive oil, why not use it? You can also add extra touches like brava sauce, chorizo, etc.Click here for more information about Spanish cuisine. By the way, now you've seen the video… are you going to try your hand at a Spanish omelette?

No, sorry! The right answer is number 1. In fact, the potato omelette is also known as Spanish omelette. And if you have a delicious ingredient like olive oil, why not use it? You can also add extra touches like brava sauce, chorizo, etc.Click here for more information about Spanish cuisine. By the way, now you've seen the video… are you going to try your hand at a Spanish omelette?

6 - Do you know the name of this building, which inspired a Disney castle?

Building which inspired a Disney castle

Well done! That's the right answer! You'll find this monument in Segovia. The history of the Alcázar holds many secrets: Queen Isabella the Catholic left here for her coronation, its chapel was the setting for the marriage of Philip II and Anne of Austria, and it is said to have inspired a Disney castle. If you climb the 152 steps of the spiral staircase of its tower you will be rewarded with some amazing views. And of course, other castles like Loarre and Olite are also well worth a visit.

No, sorry! The right answer is number 2. You'll find this monument in Segovia. The history of the Alcázar holds many secrets: Queen Isabella the Catholic left here for her coronation, its chapel was the setting for the marriage of Philip II and Anne of Austria, and it is said to have inspired a Disney castle. If you climb the 152 steps of the spiral staircase of its tower you will be rewarded with some amazing views. And of course, other castles like Loarre and Olite are also well worth a visit.

7 - Which city is known as the ‘City of Three Cultures’?

Well done! That's the right answer! It could only be Toledo, where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived side by side for centuries. On a stroll around this city you'll find synagogues, mosques, churches and the splendid cathedral. You'd like to see it, wouldn't you?

No, sorry! The right answer is number 1. Madrid and Barcelona are certainly very multicultural, but the city where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived side by side for centuries is Toledo. On a stroll around this city you'll find synagogues, mosques, churches and the splendid cathedral. You'd like to see it, wouldn't you?  

8 - Do you know the name of the fiesta where people throw tons of tomatoes?

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Well done! That's the right answer! This fun “battle” of tomatoes takes place on the last Wednesday of August in Buñol (Valencia). More than 20,000 people have good clean fun with these unusual missiles. If you want to go, you'll have to reserve a ticket, and we recommend wearing clothes you don't mind getting stained. If you want to spend the night, just book a room in advance. What other fiestas are held in Spain? Take a look...

No, sorry! The right answer is number 3. This fun “battle” of tomatoes takes place on the last Wednesday of August in Buñol (Valencia). More than 20,000 people have good clean fun with these unusual missiles. If you want to go, you'll have to reserve a ticket, and we recommend wearing clothes you don't mind getting stained. And if you want to spend the night, book a room in advance. What other fiestas are held in Spain? Take a look...

9 - Which of these places was the setting for scenes in the hit series ‘Game of Thrones’?

Game of Thrones film shoot © Canal+

Well done! That's the right answer! Although if you're a fan of the series you probably already knew… The sixth season features the Bardenas Reales Natural Park, which Queen Daenerys Targaryen crosses on horseback. But scenes were also filmed in Girona, Santa Florentina castle in Canet de Mar, Zafra castle in Guadalajara, and Peñíscola castle. And Seville, Osuna and Córdoba also appeared in the fifth season. Check out the video in this news story, where the leading actors talk about filming in Spain.

No, sorry! The right answer is number 3. The creators of the series have chosen several places in Spain as their settings: Bardenas Reales Natural Park, Girona, Santa Florentina castle in Canet de Mar, Zafra castle in Guadalajara, Peñíscola castle, Seville, Osuna and Córdoba. Check out the video in this news story, where the leading actors talk about filming in Spain.

10 - There is a dragon in Barcelona. Can you see it in this video?

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Well done! That's the right answer! The dragon appears at 0:21 in the video. Is that the one you saw? It's the Dragon Staircase at Park Güell, one of the most enchanting places in this Barcelona park, designed by Gaudí. This iconic creature is known as the dragon or salamander. If you visit Barcelona, this is a great spot for a selfie.

No, sorry! The right answer is number 1. The dragon appears at 0:21 in the video. It's the Dragon Staircase at Park Güell, one of the most enchanting places in this Barcelona park, designed by Gaudí. This iconic creature is known as the dragon or salamander. If you visit Barcelona, this is a great spot for a selfie.

11 - This is the end of the oldest pilgrimage route in Europe. Which route do we mean?

View of the monument at the end of Europe's oldest pilgrimage route

Well done! That's the right answer! The picture shows the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the end of the famous Way of St. James. Over the centuries, millions of pilgrims have taken these paths through northern Spain to the place where James the Apostle is traditionally said to be buried. Some go for religious reasons, some to enjoy the scenery, some because they like a challenge... But we have many more routes to try in Spain. Would you like to see a few?

No, sorry! The right answer is number 2. The picture shows the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the end of the famous Way of St. James. Over the centuries, millions of pilgrims have taken these paths through northern Spain to the place where James the Apostle is traditionally said to be buried. Some go for religious reasons, some to enjoy the scenery, some because they like a challenge... But we have many more routes to try in Spain. Would you like to see a few?

12 - Which of these is one of the best places in the world for star gazing?

An astronomical observatory on a starry night © Holbox-shutterstock

Well done! That's the right answer! It's the “beautiful island” of the Canary Islands, La Palma. It's the world's first Starlight Reserve, because as well as clear skies, it boasts a leading astrophysics research site, the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, which you can visit if you make a prebooking. Would you like to know what other places in Spain are also recommended for stargazing?

No, sorry! The right answer is number 3: the “beautiful island” of the Canary Islands, La Palma. It's the world's first Starlight Reserve, because as well as clear skies, it boasts a leading astrophysics research site, the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, which you can visit if you book in advance. Would you like to know what other places in Spain are also recommended for stargazing?

13 - In which city can you find a statue of a bear and another of a devil?

Statues of a devil and a bear

Well done! That's the right answer! Have you already seen these two statues in Madrid? The Bear and Strawberry Tree statue is in the Puerta del Sol. It's one of the symbols of Madrid and a prime spot for tourist selfies. The statue of the Fallen Angel in in the Retiro Park, one of the prettiest city parks in Europe.  

No, sorry! The right answer is number 1. The Bear and Strawberry Tree statue is in Puerta del Sol. It's one of the symbols of Madrid and a prime spot for tourist selfies. The statue of the Fallen Angel in in the Retiro Park, one of the prettiest city parks in Europe.  

14 - What is notable about this monument in Ávila?

The walls and city of Ávila

Well done! That's the right answer! It may not be visible from space or the longest in the world, but the City Wall of Ávila is unique in the excellent condition of its perimeter, over 2,500 metres, with 87 towers and 9 city gates. Did you know that Ávila is a World Heritage City? There are 15 World Heritage Cities in Spain.

No, sorry! The right answer is number 1. It may not be visible from space or the longest in the world, but the City Wall of Ávila is unique in the excellent condition of its perimeter, over 2,500 metres, with 87 towers and 9 city gates. Did you know that Ávila is a World Heritage City? There are 15 World Heritage Cities in Spain.

15 - Where is the only desert in Europe?

Views of a desert

Well done! That's the right answer! Almería is home to the Tabernas Desert, the only true desert on the continent of Europe. Its landscapes have been the setting for many films and you can still find old Western towns there, with sharp-shooters and horses to ride… There is such a wide variety of nature in Spain that you can find anything from deserts to vast forests. Just have a look at our 15 National Parks to get an idea.

No, sorry! The right answer is number 2. Almería is home to the Tabernas Desert, the only true desert on the continent of Europe. Its landscapes have been the setting for many films and you can still find old Western towns there, with sharp-shooters and horses to ride… There is such a wide variety of nature in Spain that you can find anything from deserts to vast forests. Just have a look at our 15 National Parks to get an idea.

16 - Where can you hear a classical music concert by an underground lake?

Underground lake

Well done! That's the right answer! If you visit the Drach Caves you can attend a classical music concert with lighting effects simulating the sun coming up from the water, and take a boat ride on Lake Martel. It's a fascinating place to visit. But the Gruta de las Maravillas and the Jameos del Agua are just as interesting. Do you want to know what other caves open to visitors you can see in Spain?

No, sorry! The right answer is number 3. If you visit the Drach Caves you can attend a classical music concert with lighting effects simulating the sun coming up from the water, and take a boat ride on Lake Martel. It's a fascinating place to visit. But the Gruta de las Maravillas and the Jameos del Agua are just as interesting. Do you want to know what other caves open to visitors you can see in Spain?

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