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.

Rafael NadalRafael Nadal
(Tennis player)

03 June 1986

Millie Bobby BrownMillie Bobby Brown

19 February 2004

Pablo PicassoPablo Picasso

25 October 1881

Pep GuardiolaPep Guardiola
(Former Footballer, Football Manager)

18 January 1971

Enrique IglesiasEnrique Iglesias

08 May 1975

Javier BardemJavier Bardem

01 March 1969

Antonio BanderasAntonio Banderas
(Actor, Director)

10 August 1960

Sergio RamosSergio Ramos

30 March 1986

Lisa LopesLisa Lopes

27 May 1971

Francisco FrancoFrancisco Franco
(Dictator of Spain)

04 December 1892

Fernando TorresFernando Torres

20 March 1984

Gerard PiquéGerard Piqué
(Football Player)

02 February 1987

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

21 May 1527

David de GeaDavid de Gea

07 November 1990

Charles II of SpainCharles II of Spain

06 November 1661

Fernando AlonsoFernando Alonso
(F1 Driver)

29 July 1981

Andrés IniestaAndrés Iniesta

11 May 1984

Hernán CortésHernán Cortés
(Spanish conquistador)

1485 AD

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David SilvaDavid Silva

08 January 1986

Cesc FàbregasCesc Fàbregas

04 May 1987

Julio IglesiasJulio Iglesias
(Singer, Musician, Songwriter)

23 September 1943

Pau GasolPau Gasol
(Basketball Player, Actor)

06 July 1980

Diego CostaDiego Costa

07 October 1988


25 January 1980

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Francisco GoyaFrancisco Goya

30 March 1746

Ariadna GilAriadna Gil

23 January 1969

Francis XavierFrancis Xavier

07 April 1506


16 October 1938

Juan Ponce de LeónJuan Ponce de León

1474 AD

Francisco PizarroFrancisco Pizarro
(Spanish conquistador)

26 June 1478

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

16 February 1983

Christina OchoaChristina Ochoa

25 January 1985

Keylor NavasKeylor Navas

15 December 1986

Malu TrevejoMalu Trevejo
(Instagram Star)

15 October 2002

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes

29 September 1547

Otto SkorzenyOtto Skorzeny
(Military Officer)

12 June 1908

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Denholm ElliottDenholm Elliott

31 May 1922

Paz VegaPaz Vega
(Actress, Model)

02 January 1976

Federico García LorcaFederico García Lorca

05 June 1898

Ferdinand II of AragonFerdinand II of Aragon
(King of Aragon)

10 March 1452

El GrecoEl Greco

01 October 1541

Carlos VelaCarlos Vela

01 March 1989

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Marian RiveraMarian Rivera

12 August 1984

Joan MiróJoan Miró

20 April 1893


14 April 1126

Hernando de SotoHernando de Soto

1500 AD

Daisy FuentesDaisy Fuentes
(Television Host)

17 November 1966

José CarrerasJosé Carreras
(Opera Singer)

05 December 1946

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

25 April 1974

BalboaVasco Núñez de Balboa
(Spanish Explorer)

1475 AD

Bartolomé de las CasasBartolomé de las Casas

11 November 1484

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

16 December 1863

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

24 June 1542

Alvin KarpisAlvin Karpis

10 August 1907

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Jorge LorenzoJorge Lorenzo
(Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racer)

04 May 1987

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

05 January 1938

Chabeli IglesiasChabeli Iglesias

03 September 1971

Junípero SerraJunípero Serra
(Franciscan Priest)

24 November 1713

Mariano RajoyMariano Rajoy
(Current Prime Minister of Spain)

27 March 1955

Marcos Alonso Mendoza Marcos Alonso Mendoza
(Football Player)

28 December 1990

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Salvador DaliSalvador Dali
(Surrealist Painter)

11 May 1904

Manu RiosManu Rios
(TV Personality)

17 December 1998

Miguel de UnamunoMiguel de Unamuno

29 September 1864

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

01 May 1852

(Physician, Surgeon)

0936 AD

Penelope CruzPenelope Cruz

28 April 1974

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Pablo CasalsPablo Casals

29 December 1876

Isabella of PortugalIsabella of Portugal
(Queen of Spain)

24 October 1503

Juan GrisJuan Gris

23 March 1887

Pedro de AlvaradoPedro de Alvarado

1485 AD

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

30 August 1334

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Manuel de FallaManuel de Falla
(Classical music composer)

23 November 1876

El RubiusEl Rubius
(YouTube Celebrity & Social Media Sensation)

13 February 1990

Abraham MateoAbraham Mateo

25 August 1998

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.