The Spanish come across as fun loving, easy going people who would rather party all night and sleep all day! Definitely fun loving, but by no means are the Spaniards lazy people! In fact the Spanish work for longer hours than do most Europeans. It is just the fact that the Spanish know that there is more to life than just running the rat race and adhering to set conventions. Take Pablo Picasso for instance. Unconventional and highly prolific, the artist co-founded the cubist movement and went on to become one of the best known figures of 20th century art. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the author of ‘Don Quixote’, gave the world the most influential work from the Spanish Golden Age.

Millie Bobby BrownMillie Bobby Brown
(Actress)

19 February 2004

Rafael NadalRafael Nadal
(Tennis player)

03 June 1986

Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso
(Painter)

25 October 1881

Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias
(Singer)

08 May 1975

Javier BardemJavier Bardem
(Actor)

01 March 1969

Pep GuardiolaPep Guardiola
(Former Footballer, Football Manager)

18 January 1971

Sergio RamosSergio Ramos
(Footballer)

30 March 1986

Antonio BanderasAntonio Banderas
(Actor, Director)

10 August 1960

Gerard PiquéGerard Piqué
(Football Player)

02 February 1987

Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
(Dictator of Spain)

04 December 1892

Lisa LopesLisa Lopes
(Rapper)

27 May 1971

Philip II of SpainPhilip II of Spain
(King of Spain)

21 May 1527

Fernando TorresFernando Torres
(Footballer)

20 March 1984

Hernán CortésHernán Cortés
(Spanish conquistador)

1485 AD

Andrés IniestaAndrés Iniesta
(Footballer)

11 May 1984

David de GeaDavid de Gea
(Footballer)

07 November 1990

David SilvaDavid Silva
(Footballer)

08 January 1986

Julio IglesiasJulio Iglesias
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter)

23 September 1943

Cesc FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
(Footballer)

04 May 1987

Alejandra SilvaAlejandra Silva
(Publicist, Richard Gere’s Wife)

16 February 1983

XaviXavi
(Footballer)

25 January 1980

Malu TrevejoMalu Trevejo
(Instagram Star)

15 October 2002

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León
(Explorer)

1474 AD

Diego CostaDiego Costa
(Footballer)

07 October 1988

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
(Spanish conquistador)

26 June 1478

Pau GasolPau Gasol
(Basketball Player, Actor)

06 July 1980

Francisco GoyaFrancisco Goya
(Painters)

30 March 1746

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
(Novelist)

29 September 1547

Francis XavierFrancis Xavier
(Missionary)

07 April 1506

Ariadna GilAriadna Gil
(Actress)

23 January 1969

Christina OchoaChristina Ochoa
(Actress)

25 January 1985

Keylor NavasKeylor Navas
(Footballer)

15 December 1986

Paz VegaPaz Vega
(Actress, Model)

02 January 1976

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca
(Poet)

05 June 1898

Hernando de SotoHernando de Soto
(Explorer)

1500 AD

Marian RiveraMarian Rivera
(Model)

12 August 1984

Joan MiróJoan Miró
(Painter)

20 April 1893

BalboaVasco Núñez de Balboa
(Spanish Explorer)

1475 AD

AverroesAverroes
(Philosopher)

14 April 1126

Carlos VelaCarlos Vela
(Footballer)

01 March 1989

Jorge LorenzoJorge Lorenzo
(Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racer)

04 May 1987

Marcos Alonso Mendoza Marcos Alonso Mendoza
(Football Player)

28 December 1990

José CarrerasJosé Carreras
(Opera Singer)

05 December 1946

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
(Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist)

16 December 1863

Louis Alphonse, Duke of AnjouLouis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou
(Member of the Royal House of Bourbon)

25 April 1974

Alvin KarpisAlvin Karpis
(Gangster)

10 August 1907

Chabeli IglesiasChabeli Iglesias
(Socialite)

03 September 1971

Junípero SerraJunípero Serra
(Franciscan Priest)

24 November 1713

Juan Carlos I of SpainJuan Carlos I
(Former King of Spain (1975-2014))

05 January 1938

John of the CrossJohn of the Cross
(Roman Catholic Saint)

24 June 1542

Mariano RajoyMariano Rajoy
(Current Prime Minister of Spain)

27 March 1955

Manu RiosManu Rios
(TV Personality)

17 December 1998

Al-ZahrawiAl-Zahrawi
(Physician, Surgeon)

0936 AD

Miguel de UnamunoMiguel de Unamuno
(Writer)

29 September 1864

Santiago Ramón y CajalSantiago Ramón y Cajal
(Father of Modern Neuroscience)

01 May 1852

Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
(Surrealist Painter)

11 May 1904

Pablo CasalsPablo Casals
(Musician)

29 December 1876

Penelope CruzPenelope Cruz

28 April 1974

Isabella of PortugalIsabella of Portugal
(Queen of Spain)

24 October 1503

Juan GrisJuan Gris
(Painter)

23 March 1887

Pedro de AlvaradoPedro de Alvarado
(Explorers)

1485 AD

KaneKane
(Professional wrestler)

26 April 1967

Peter of CastilePeter of Castile
(King of Castile and León)

30 August 1334

Manuel de FallaManuel de Falla
(Classical music composer)

23 November 1876

Severo OchoaSevero Ochoa
(Physician and Biochemist)

14 September 1905

El RubiusEl Rubius
(YouTube Celebrity & Social Media Sensation)

13 February 1990

Abraham MateoAbraham Mateo
(Singer)

25 August 1998

Enrique GranadosEnrique Granados
(Pianist and Composer)

27 July 1867

Abbas Ibn FirnasAbbas Ibn Firnas
(Polymath)

0810 AD

Emilio MartinezEmilio Martinez
(Instagram Star)

10 May 1999

Leroy SanchezLeroy Sanchez
(Singer)

01 September 1991

Camilo José CelaCamilo José Cela
(Writer)

11 May 1916

Rafael AlbertiRafael Alberti
(Poet)

16 December 1902

Amancio Ortega GaonaAmancio Ortega Gaona
(Entrepreneur)

28 March 1936

Spain also produced some of the major writers of the 20th century like Camilo José Cela and Miguel Delibes. The Spanish are known for their love of music and it is not surprising that several great composers like Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and Enrique Granados were born in Spain. The contemporary Spaniards too uphold the rich traditions their forefathers were famous for.