Looking for some quotes about Spain which will inspire you to travel to this beautiful country? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
I’ve scoured the web, the archives, books and many more sources to compile the best resource of Spain quotes you’ll find anywhere on the web!
I lived in Spain for two years and loved the place. From the people, the culture, the food and their passion for football, there isn’t another country on the planet like Spain.
If you’re looking for quotes about Spain to inspire your wanderlust, Spanish Instagram captions, short Spanish quotes or even some beautiful Spanish phrases and puns to go along with your amazing photos of the country, you’ll find it all here!
Spain is one of my favourite places to travel to. Whether you’ve visited many times before, or you’re looking to visit for the first time, these Spain quotes will help you to get to know the country and itching to pack your bags and jump on a plane!
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Best Quotes About Spain
“All my life is in Spain. I will stay.” – Paz Vega
“There is no nightlife in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not nightlife. That is delaying the day.” – Ernest Hemingway
“Any reasonable, sentient person who looks at Spain, comes to Spain, eats in Spain, drinks in Spain, they’re going to fall in love. Otherwise, there’s something deeply wrong with you. This is the dream of all the world.” – Anthony Bourdain
“In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.” – Federico García Lorca
“I loved everything about Spain – the people, the language, and the food!”- Karlie Kloss
“Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain.” – John Masefield
“For austere and gracious allegory, as for so much of its mysticism and its chivalry, its ardours and its endurances, the world is in debt to Spain.” – Helen Waddell
“Barcelona is a great city and Spain is a great country to live in.” – Shakira
“I have seen dawn and sunset on moors and windy hills Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain.” – John Edward Masefield
“Spain- a great whale stranded on the shores of Europe.” – Elizabeth Oakes Smith
Spain Instagram Captions
“Like Spain, I am bound to the past.” – William S. Burroughs
“Anytime is a good time for Spain.”
“Watching the sunset over the Spanish horizon is something I’ll never forget.”
“The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.” – Eliza Doolittle
“On the search for the best sangria in Spain.”
“Spain is my happy place!”
“Spain, I’m yours!”
“Granada is Spain’s most valued treasure; a melting pot of flavours, smells, and passion.” – Víctor Hugo
“Málaga, a martini of the sea.” – Rafael Pérez Estrada
“España, mi amor.”
Funny Quotes About Spain
“Up until the time I was 31 years old, in Spain, I still didn’t know how I was going to pay the rent.” – Antonio Banderas
“What do you call a small mosque in Spain? – A mosquito!”
“That’s the only thing I’m jealous about ‘Game of Thrones’: they get to go to Spain all the time.” – Travis Fimmel
“Which bus went from Spain to America? – Columbus.”
“In Spain there were no TV rights for Formula One.” – Fernando Alonso
“I’ve always said that playing rugby in Spain is like being a bullfighter in Japan.” – Javier Bardem
“If you come from Spain, you have to play football.” – Enrique Iglesias
Quotes about Spain’s Culture and History
Spain has an intriguing past and an enticing culture. the country has gone through many different historical periods and these are reflected in the culture today.
Indeed, some of the most popular places to visit in Andalucia, for example, are a legacy of the Moorish rule which lasted until the 13th century.
The view of Spain as a place of sun, sand and sangria is misplaced. The country is more geographically and culturally diverse than most people realise. The differences between Bilbao and Sevilla, for example, are huge.
These quotes on Spain’s culture and history will provide some insight into its past and present!
“In Spain, the best way to keep a secret is to write a book.” – Manuel Azaña
“Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.” – Erica Jong
“In the middle of the sixteenth century, Spain was the incubus of Europe. Gloomy and portentous, she chilled the world with her baneful shadow.” – Francis Parkman
“Italy valued cathedrals while Spain valued explorers. So worldwide, five times as many people speak Spanish than Italian.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
“It was in Spain that my generation learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy.” ― Albert Camus
“Heroic ages are not and never were sentimental and those daring conquistadores who conquered entire worlds for their Spain or Portugal received lamentably little thanks from their kings.” – Stefan Zweig
“Perhaps there never was a monument more characteristic of an age and people than the Alhambra; a rugged fortress without, a voluptuous palace within; war frowning from its battlements; poetry breathing throughout the fairy architecture of its halls.” ― Washington Irving
“In a unified and diverse Spain, based on the equality of and solidarity between its people, there is room for all of us. And for all of our feelings and sensitivities and our distinct ways of being Spaniards.” – Felipe VI
“Spain is an overflow of sombreness . . . a strong and threatening tide of history meets you at the frontier.” – Wyndham Lewis
“The goatherds were the poorest people of Spain. Probably they were the richest.” – Jose Mujica
“In rural Spain, at least, it is far better to arrive than to travel, however hopefully.” – Honor Tracy
“The culture of modern Spain is something many people are still discovering.” – Jose Andres
“The Spaniards were seated at a table by the hearth, dominating the room with their moustachioed handsomeness and aggressive good cheer.” ― Dawn Patitucci
“Since I am from Spain, once the morning has gone, I like to take a nap while falling asleep to black and white movies. It feels less lonely. There is a comfort in hearing their voice, like when you’re a child and your mother tells you a story before bedtime.” – Jordi Molla
“Nature and man are opposed in Spain.” – Gertrude Stein
“To this day the Arab influence is evident in southern Italy, northern Africa and, above all, in Spain.” – Carroll Quigley
“There was in Spain a civilization in many respects admirable. It was eminent for industry, science, art and poetry; its annals are full of romantic interests; it was in some respects superior to the Christian system which supplanted it; in many ways, it contributed largely to the progress of the human race. Yet because of the fundamental defect that between the Christians Spaniards and his Mussulman conqueror there could be no political fusion, this brilliant civilization was doomed.” – John Fisk
“I love dancing and music from Latin cultures. I went to a flamenco show in Spain, and it completely took my breath away.” – Torrey De
“I got to Spain a lot in winter for a blast of sunlight to banish the blues brought on by the Irish greys and drizzle. I love the cities of the Spanish interior.” – Kevin Barry
Spanish Proverbs and Puns
Spain = Siestas and fiestas.
Keep Palma carry on.
Here in Madrid, things are getting Real.
Oh my Gaudi!
Well, well, Huelva
“No vendas la piel del oso antes de cazarlo.” Don’t sell the bear’s hide before you hunt it. (Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.)
“Camarón que se duerme se lo lleva la corriente.” The shrimp that falls asleep is carried by the current. (Don’t let the world pass you by. Stay alert and be proactive. Don’t fall asleep at the wheel.)
“Money does not last for fools.” – A Spanish proverb
“El hábito no hace al monje.” The habit doesn’t make the monk. (Clothes do not make the man.)
“No hay que ahogarse en un vaso de agua.” It isn’t necessary to drown oneself in a glass of water. (Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.)
“A lo hecho, pecho.” To what is done, the chest. (Face up to what is. What is done is done.)
“Donde no hay harina, todo es mohina.” Where there’s no flour, everything is an annoyance. (Poverty breeds discontent. If your needs aren’t met, you won’t be happy.)
Spain Travel Quotes
Spain is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It doesn’t what part of the country, you’re in, there’s always something to see.
Backpacking in Spain is an experience you won’t forget. From the beautiful cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia to the varied history of Andalucia and the rugged landscapes of Northern Spain, there are so many places you can visit.
“I would sooner be a foreigner in Spain than in most countries. How easy it is to make friends in Spain!” – George Orwell
“I love Spain. It’s my favourite country that I’ve been to and I’ve travelled quite a bit. I’ve been really fortunate as an adult to have been to a lot of interesting places like Egypt and China.” – Bitsie Tulloch
“I tried to photograph the mysterious, true and magical soul of popular Spain in all its passion, love, humour, tenderness, rage, pain, in all its truth; and the fullest and most intense moments in the lives of these characters, as simple as they are irresistible, with all their inner strength.” – Cristina Garcia Rodero
“Catch a boat to England baby, maybe to Spain. Wherever I have gone, wherever I’ve been and gone, wherever I have gone. The blues are all the same.” – Jackson C. Frank
“I grew up in the countryside riding horses, and I also ride every holiday in Spain, which is where I was born. It’s a big part of my life.” – Astrid Berges-Frisbey
“I was in Spain, with Mallorca and Getafe, which were exceptional experiences.” – Michael Laudrup
“Cadiz is a city of magic, like Cracow or Dublin, to set the mind on fire at a turn of a corner. The eye is continually fed, the imagination stirred, by a train of spectacles as charming as if they had been contrived.” – Honor Tracy
“Give him alms, woman, that there is nothing in life as the sadness of being blind in Granada.” – Francisco de Icaza
“If you are thinking about walking the Camino, do not hesitate. Just go.” – Yoonjin Song
“One of the gifts that the Camino offers is the freedom to be yourself. This freedom is liberating.” – Jane V. Blanchard
“I like the south of Spain, notably for the Moorish vigour and the weather.” – Alexei Sayle
“Granada, last refuge from a tiring life. Eternal garden, shows remnants of paradise that still remain, in only very few privileged places on earth.” – Chateaubriand
“The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it.”– Christopher Columbus
“I wish one time in my life I could do what other writers do. Get me a villa in Spain and go there to write a book.” – Lewis Grizzard
“I do not know what to call this land upon which I stand. If what is beneath my feet is paradise, then what is the Alhambra? Heaven?”– Lope de Vega
“I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it’s a woman who’s extremely vain. One of the great Catalan poets, Joan Maragall, wrote this famous poem in which he called Barcelona the great enchantress of some kind of sorceress, and in which the city has this dark enticing presence that seduces and lures people. I think Barcelona has a lot of that.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
“Yes, I would agree that America, just like Spain was in the 17th Century, is the main empire of the world and they are the ones who, on the surface, are the pushiest: pushing their language, pushing their culture – or what there is of it – pushing by force their system on others.” – Viggo Mortensen
“Every city has its own charm, but Granada has its own and that of the rest.” – Antonio Machado
“The truth is, that I’m beginning to wonder if there is any greater pleasure in life than visiting Granada and it is going back and visiting it again.” – Alexandre Dumas
“Granada is so moving that it stimulates and melts all of the senses.” – Henri Matisse
“The region that has moved me the most is Castilla. There is a moving melancholy in Castilla. Things acquire extraordinary vigour there. A figure standing on that great plain takes the proportions of a colossus.” – Joaquín Sorolla
“Asturias, with mountains that are vestiges and viewpoints; with entrails that have been of fever and fires; with seas like meadows eager for sweet lights. Asturias – fertile and talkative, generous and murmuring. Growing and waning. Summary of despair, the bosom of a lot of hopes.” – Francisco Sosa Wagner
“I live where I would like to live. I live in Majorca, Spain, and I am not sure there are better places.” – Rafael Nadal
Spanish literature quotes
“In one kiss, you’ll know all I haven’t said.” – Pablo Neruda
“A man only has the right to look down at another when he helps him to lift himself up.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“There is no book so bad…that it does not have something good in it.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“Life is a very bad novelist. It is chaotic and ludicrous.” – Javier Marías
“In my case, literature is a kind of revenge. It’s something that gives me what real life can’t give me – all the adventures, all the suffering. All the experiences I can only live in the imagination, literature completes.” – Mario Vargas Llosa
“Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.” – Jorge Luis Borges
“Writing is a process, a journey into memory and the soul.” – Isabel Allende
“Men shout to avoid listening to one another.” – Miguel de Unamuno
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro
Spanish Food Quotes
“Spain is a fascinating mix of people, languages, culture, and food, but if there is one thing all Spaniards share, it’s a love of food and drink.” – Jose Andres
“Spain is more vegan-friendly than you’ve been led to believe. The truth is, most places are.” ― Wendy Werneth
“You’d have a hard time finding anything better than Barcelona for food, as far as being a hub. Given a choice between Barcelona and San Sebastian to die in, I’d probably want to die in San Sebastian.” – Anthony Bourdain
“My chocolate is special because it’s real. My pistachios are from Italy, and the almonds are from Spain. We make our own marzipan. If I sell a product that says ‘raspberry,’ it’s real raspberry. My plan was to make the best product possible and be the least expensive of the best chocolate makers. That’s still our position.” – Jacques Torres
“I cook croquetas, and I eat Jamon. I keep my diet 100% Mediterranean and drink my Rioja. In that sense, I have a piece of Spain in West Hollywood.” – Paz Vega
‘In Spain, you can go into any Tapas bar, and you’ll see anchovies all over the menu.’ – Jose Andres
“The type of cuisine I do, especially after being on ‘Iron Chef’ for several years, is a lot of global cuisines. My strength has always been Mediterranean cuisine across the board from Morocco, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, but I think now I’m doing a lot of very different cuisines all the time.” – Cat Cora
“Because the Spanish eat so crazily late – Anybody who’s been to Spain has had the experience of sitting down at 9:30 PM to find themselves the first customer in the restaurant. They tend to favour an early evening drink and a nibble to keep them going.” – John Lanchester
“The flavour of a fish which comes out of the sea at Acre is not similar to the flavour of a fish which comes out of the sea in Spain.” – Rashi
“I’m learning with my mum how to cook more Spanish food. I’m trying to make a good paella, but that’s a real art.” – Daniel Bruhl
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a famous quote about Spain?
“In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world.” – Federico García Lorca
What is the slogan of Spain?
Plus Ultra is the slogan of Spain
What is a Spanish quote about freedom?
‘La libertad está en ser dueños de nuestra vida’ is a Spanish quote about freedom. It translates to ‘Freedom consists of owning your own life.’
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Tom is a travel addict who first left England to spend a year Down Under. Not satisfied with this, he then went to New Zealand, about as far away from home as he could get. He is now planning his next adventures in Europe and Canada while maintaining this blog. Check out the about me page to learn more!