Thursday, March 5, 2015
Tapas and Hookah in Barcelona: Wonders of Arabic and Spanish Fusion
Spain was once recognised for being a country full of voyagers, spreading its rich culture and legacy across the seven seas during the golden of age of exploration. Thanks to the Spaniards’ history as conquistadors, cultural elements such as bull-fighting, flamenco, and delicious Barcelona tapas have reached worldwide renown. Just like Spain had managed to become a massive influence to numerous far-flung countries, however, there are dozens of other nations that have greatly contributed to the wealth of their heritage as well. One of the nationalities that has had the most profound effect on Spain were the Arabs. The 7th century marked the height of the Moorish invasion, which crossed Spanish borders and left remnants of the Moors’ art, architecture, and language in their wake. For hundreds of years up until the present day, the country carried tell-tale signs that served as proof that once upon a time, the Arabs and the Spaniards co-existed in one land together.