Spain is home to 47 million people, three-quarters of the population live in urban areas. Around 6.5 million live in Madrid, while another 5.5 million reside in Barcelona. That’s greater than the population of New Zealand.
Spain Facts Trivia Questions and Answers
Feeling famished in Madrid? Well, you can explore Restaurante Botín, which went on the Guinness Book Records as the world’s oldest restaurant. The eatery has long been serving its delicious signature meal of “Cochinillos asado” since 1700s.
Quiz yourself with this list of Spain trivia questions and answers to learn more facts about the place.
1. On which river does the city of Toledo lie?
2. What is the capital of Spain?
3. Spain is located in which peninsula?
4. You can admire the works of artists and visionaries including Miro, Picasso and Gaudi here; or you can enjoy the footballing artistry on view at Camp Nou. Which Spanish city is this?
5. Which currency is used in Spain?
6. Which explorer left Spain and discovered America?
7. To start this weather quiz off: the hottest temperature ever recorded in Spain by the 20th century was on July 4, 1994. The temperature reached 47.2C/116.9F in what city near the Andalusia region?
8. Who was the King of Spain in 2020?
9. Many scholars believe which book by the Spanish writer Miguel Cervantes was the first modern novel in the world?
10. You are looking at a statue and plaque for Alexander Fleming. Outside which well-known Madrid structure are you standing?
11. Which countries share a land border with Spain?
12. How many main islands are in the Canary archipelago?
13. How do you say Spain in Spanish?
14. The Strait of Gibraltar separates Spain and which African country?
15. When is Spain’s national day?
16. Which popular musical instrument originated in Spain?
17. What is the name of the mountains which run the length of the north coast of Majorca?
18. The running of the bulls, also known as the encierro, is an annual event taking place in Pamplona to honour which saint?
19. Before the Romans invaded the whole of the Iberian Peninsula, the primitive Galician inhabitants lived in fortified stone towns which are now known as …?
20. Who is the head of State in Spain?
21. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish, originally from Valencia. What is the main ingredient?
22. What is the longest river passing in Spain?
23. What will a waiter bring when you order a tortilla in a restaurant in Spain?
24. What are Madrid’s natives called?
25. How many autonomous communities are there in Spain?
26. The 1992 Summer Olympic Games were held in this Mediterranean city?
27. What was Queen Letizia’s job at CNN+ and TVE?
28. The ruler of Spain in the early 16th century, Queen Juana la Loca, was known for doing what to her husband?
29. Barcelona is the capital of what region?
30. On the last Wednesday each August, people around the world gather in a small Spanish town named Bunol to throw what at each other?
31. On which island can you find the resort town of Magaluf?
32. You can find the famous painting “Guernica” by Pablo Picasso in which of the following museums?
33. What country borders Spain to the west?
34. What is the capital of Aragon?
35. Why is the city of Toledo also known as the “City of Three Cultures”?
36. Toledo steel became known to the Roman armies after battling which Carthaginian general (famous for using elephants) in the Punic Wars?
37. In which small town near Valencia does the ‘Tomatina’ festival take place?
38. What is the oldest pilgrimage route in Europe, which ends at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain?
39. Which colors are common to the field of both the French and Spanish flags?
40. What is the name of the peninsula containing both Spain and Portugal?
41. How many times did the Spain national football team won the FIFA World Cup?
42. This city’s university, founded in 1218, is the oldest in Spain. The elegant Plaza Mayor was featured in the 2008 movie “Vantage Point”. The ancient bridge on the Tormes River is a reminder of the city’s Roman heritage. Which city is it?
43. What is the capital of Andalusia?
44. Which sea is located on the east side of Spain?
45. Located in northwestern Spain, which major city has traditionally had the highest average number of rainy days?
46. Which river flows through Córdoba?
47. Which group of people rules the Iberian Peninsula for many centuries?
48. You are looking at the stadium where David Beckham once played home matches (while he was signed to a Spanish football team). What is it called?
49. What is the name of the smallest island in the Balearic islands?
50. The city of Almeria in the southeast of Spain is home to the only desert in Europe. What is its name?
51. If you ordered Mallorcan wine in a restaurant, in which town would it most likely have been produced?
52. What is the natural border between France and Spain?
53. What is the most notable feature of the City Wall of Avila in Spain?
54. You are eating a mixture of rice, fish, meat and seafood. What is it?
55. In which region (autonomous community) can you find Santiago de Compostela?
56. Barcelona’s most famous road strip is called?
57. What is the largest island in the Canary Islands?
58. When did the Spanish flu occurred and infected more than 500 million people around the world?
59. What group of people from Africa invaded Spain and stayed there for several centuries?
60. What is the largest natural lake in Spain?
61. The sculpture named “El Oso y el Madrono” is one of the symbols in Madrid. It depicts which animal with a strawberry tree?
62. The skyline of Toledo is dominated by two buildings, one is a cathedral. What is the other?
63. What is the highest volcano in Spain?
64. Which cave in Spain is the first place where Upper Palaeolithic cave paintings in the world were first discovered?
65. Which beautiful Spanish city on the Mediterranean coast is the third-largest in the area? It is also the traditional home of paella.
66. What is the Southernmost point of Spain (mainland)?
67. When was the Spanish Civil War?
68. NASA scientists have come to the Riotinto district in Huelva to study its similarities to which planet in the Solar System?
69. Which dictator was ruling during the Civil War?
70. The last one in this list of Spain quiz questions and answers: Which of the following countries was not colonized by Spain in the past?
71. It is well known that the summer sun and tropical breezes from the Mediterranean make the Balearic Islands an international tourist destination. Which of the four Balearic Islands is the largest, also making it the largest island in all of Spain?
72. To which Royal house do King Juan Carlos and King Felipe VI belong?
73. Who conquered the islands of Majorca and Ibiza between 1229 and 1235?
74. Heading north from this capital, we’ll go to the city which is the capital of the Basque Country. Which city is home to medieval churches and modern museums?
75. When was the Second Spanish Republic founded?
76. What autonomous community in northeastern Spain contains the first Spanish city to host the Olympic Games?
77. What is the Spanish version of Nougat?
78. We drive along the lush green coast to the capital of the province of Navarre, Iruna, better known as Pamplona. This is the city famous for the annual “running of the bulls” in July. In which Ernest Hemingway novel was this event first immortalized?
79. What Spanish cold soup is made with blended vegetables?
80. In Barcelona, we head out for a fancy dinner. Before what time need we not bother to find most restaurants open?
81. What is the Spanish word for ham?
82. You land in Barajas. Where in Spain are you?
83. What meat is used to make Chorizo?
84. What is the name of Madrid’s Airport?
85. What snack made of fried dough is usually eaten for breakfast in Spain with sugar or chocolate?
86. Situated in the northern province of Navarra, the ‘Running of the Bulls’ is held where every year?
87. Beyond the Placa de Catalunya, various neighbourhoods have been established that have a very particular lay-out. This newer part of town is called?
88. What potato omelette comes from Spain?
89. Where was Pablo Picasso born?
90. What popular tapas are made with chunks of fried potato?
91. At least I won’t have any problems with currency, as both France and Spain use the euro. Prior to 2002, which currency would I have needed for Spain?
92. What dish is similar to a paella but uses vermicelli instead of rice?
93. Andalusia, the southern part of continental Spain, has the warmest weather year-round. However, what Andalusian mountain range enjoys frequent snowfall and is the location of many ski resorts?
94. What are Albondigas?
95. You are looking at a large boating lake, with a monument that covers most of one side. On the opposite side, there is a wide promenade. In which Madrid park are you?
96. Where, in Spain, can you find the Dalí Museum?
97. In which country was Dalí living during the Spanish Civil War?
98. What autonomous community in northwestern Spain shares its name with a region of Poland?
99. In which country did Pablo Picasso spend most of his adult life?
100. Which system of caves on the island boasts a large underground lake?
101. What happened to the territory in the south of Galicia, which remained free of Spanish rule?
102. Who was the leading artist in the court of King Philip IV?
103. If you wanted to visit the world famous ‘Cafe del Mar’, where would you go?
104. What was the byname of Doménikos Theotokópoulos?
105. What city did El Greco live in?
106. Which Spanish artist painted “Grey and Green Painting”?
107. Toledo has a much larger sister city of the same name in the USA. In which state is it located?
108. Which female Spanish surrealist artist was naturalized Mexican?
109. Being a lover of red wine, I had been looking forward to drinking Burgundy in France. Which Spanish wine could I drink as an alternative?
110. You are looking at a building which was formerly a royal residence, but later came to be used by the Spanish royal family on ceremonial occasions only. Which building in central Madrid is this?
111. Who’s Julio Iglesias’ son?
112. Which country forms the closest mainland point of the islands?
113. Who sang “Corazón Partío” and “Amiga Mía”?
114. From what autonomous community with a capital of Merida does the Tagus River flow into Portugal?
115. Where is the music festival “FIB” held?
116. A train dating from 1912, with the original mahogany panels and brass fittings, runs through the Tramuntana Mountains and numerous citrus groves from which two towns?
117. ‘Ropa vieja’ is a specialty of which island?
118. What is the name of the bagpipe used in Northwest Spain?
119. Which Spanish King established Madrid as his capital?
120. Which Spanish lyric-dramatic genre began as a kind of court entertainment?
121. Located in the north-western region of Galicia, this city was known as Brigantium under the Romans and was the site from which the Spanish Armada sailed against England?
122. Which Spanish Formula One driver raced for McLaren between 2015 and 2019?
123. Which Spanish dictator let the Nazis bomb one of his towns?
124. What is the name of the human towers built during festivals in Catalonia?
125. Toledo is situated high above the river which surrounds it on three sides. How do most tourists make their way to the heart of Toledo at the top?
126. Which sport do the Joventut Badalona play?
127. What are the two main football clubs in Madrid?
128. Which Spanish city is best known as the home of the Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry?
129. Which Spanish football player has been Manchester United’s goalkeeper since 2011?
130. You are looking at a Madrid building that was only restored to its former glory in 1997, having been allowed to fall into ruin for over 70 years. Which building?
131. Which sport does Seve Ballesteros play?
132. What is the name of the liqueur, based on aniseed, unique to the Balearics?
133. Who wrote “Don Quixote”?
134. If you were served ‘Tinto de Verano’ What are you drinking?
135. Which playwright and poet of Spain’s Generation of ’98 wrote the poems “Soledades” (Solitudes) in 1903?
136. Which Madrid restaurant is the oldest in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records?
137. Which Spanish author wrote “A Heart So White” and “Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me”?
138. The chief Mediterranean seaport of southern Spain, this city is a popular resort city and the birthplace of Pablo Picasso?
139. In the south of the city, near the sea, a hill can be found where the Olympic stadium was built for 1992. Name the mountain?
140. What will I be eating if I choose chorizo?
141. What do Tenerife and Scotland have in common?
142. Which Spanish novelist worked as a war correspondent for RTVE and is known for the series of novels “Alatriste”?
143. What mountain range runs through Asturias and Cantabria, in northern Spain?
144. Which 2001 thriller by Carlos Ruiz Zafón takes place in Barcelona in 1945 and became a worldwide bestseller?
145. Madrid has been Spain’s capital since 1561. The Plaza Mayor, or main square is now a charming place with cafés and artist displaying their wares. What was the Plaza Mayor used for in the past?
146. What is the Spanish name for the Netflix show “Money Heist”?
147. Which celebrity established the Costa du Nord Cultural Centre?
148. What is housed in the Palacio de Telecomunicaciones?
149. In which company do the Cable Girls work?
150. The origin of Barcelona’s name is not certain but one popular theory is that the name derives from a general. Which of these generals is a possible source for Barcelona’s name?
151. In which Spanish TV show can you see 3 working-class teens in an exclusive school?
152. Most people in Spain are what religion?
153. Who plays Helena in Hache?
154. According to legend the nuns of Toledo ground up almonds to make which delectable sweet to survive the famine caused by marauding Arabs in the 16th century?
155. Who directed the movie “Volver”?
156. Which British colony has a 1 km border with Spain?
157. For which network was “Velvet” produced?
158. We travel to the most famous part of Spain, Andalusia, which was under Moorish occupation for over 500 years. We travel first to Cordoba, and go to the famed Mezquita. What is the Mezquita?
159. Who portrayed Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona?
160. Built in 1590, what is the Panaderia named after?
161. Which famous Spanish actor portrayed Zorro?
162. What is the name of the famous palace and fortress complex in Granada?
163. Which Latin dance originated in Andalucia?
164. Which Galician city is an important centre of pilgrimage for Christians, as its cathedral is believed to house the remains of Saint James the Apostle, the patron saint of Spain?
165. Isolated from the humid winds of the Mediterranean Sea by mountains on the north and south, what desert in Almería is one of the driest places in Spain?