May 18, 2022 11:27 am

The “cursed” people and those who declared war on Denmark or France, among other stories from Spain




A town in Granada declared war on Denmark…, and another in Almería, on France. Some Valencians “invented” Coca-Cola – they did not patent it after offering it to the North American company – and aviation was born in Burgos. “These are just some of the fascinating destinations of geography” that compiles Javier Ramos in his book «Routes through the most curious Spain», from the Editorial Glove White.

«Traveling through Spain is not just doing it by touring cities or towns and visiting its monuments, its heritage or gastronomy. We can also visit our country through its history”, recommends the author. But not just any story, but one unknown history, the one that does not usually appear in the most thoughtful books or in the most complete travel guides », he adds, to distinguish his work from others in use.

In his work, there are other striking contents to be discovered by the reader: Did you know that there is an Area 51 in La Mancha? And a cursed town in the province of Saragossa? Or that an island in the Basque Country is governed jointly by Spain and France? Ramos gives the answers in detail in his book, in which he also describes for those who do not know the peculiar festival of El Colacho, in Castrillo de Murcia (Burgos), where parents jump on lying babies on some blankets on the floor.

The Island of the Pheasants in the Basque Country, which is governed jointly by Spain and France, in a vintage image – ABC

«It is a historical travel guide of very pleasant reading in which the reader will be able to find amusing passages, such as the one about the town whose sovereignty is disputed between Spain and Portugal, the Asturian town that judged some dolphins, or other truly amazing stories, such as treating to discover the entrances to hell that exist in Spain or to know the city tomorrow that changed our calendar», lists the journalist and writer.

“It transports us to an anecdotal, striking or loquacious past that simply arouses the attention of the traveler with concerns”, they add from the Editorial White Glove.

Javier Ramos collaborates for different publications related to these themes, such as Clío Historia, La Aventura de la Historia, Historia Hoy, Año Cero, Escapada Rural or RNE. As a writer, he is the author of the works That was not in my book on the History of Rome (2nd edition, 2017) and That was not in my book on the History of the Circus (2019), published with Almuzara; as well as El enigma Tartessos (Proceedings, 2018), Magical Places in Spain (White Glove, 2018), The Sacred Spain (Arcopress, 2020). He also manages the blog
, more than 100,000 followers on Facebook.

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