There are many reason why you may think the Spanish eat so late
"...Spain in fact is in the wrong time zone and the reason for this is political..."
fact that many still take a siesta or that food in Spain is still such a
social event. However, as logical as some of these facts are, it is not
the real reason. Spain in fact is in the wrong time zone and the reason
for this is political. Spain actually sits on the same longitude as the
UK, Morocco and Portugal and should fall under GMT. But in 1940 during
World War 2, General Franco moved the clocks forward an hour in line
with Germany as an act of solidarity and the country has remained on CET
until this day. As a result this pushed the eating habits of the
Spanish an hour forward.
nearly 80 years in the wrong time zone, this may be about to change. In
2016, Spain´s Prime Minister Rajoy announced that he wants to make
changes to the workday. He intends to scrap the tradition of the siesta
to enable the working day to finish earlier and put Spain back on it´s
original time zone. If the plans go ahead it will take the Spanish some
getting used to, in the summer months the sun doesn´t set until around
10pm and the afternoon siesta in the intense heat of the day will be a
thing of the past. The experts maintain that the changes would be an
over all benefit to the nation´s health If the time zones changed, the
sun would rise one hour earlier making waking up more natural, meal
times would be one hour earlier and as a result everyone would get an
extra hour’s sleep.