Famous People from Spain

Famous People From Spain Who Have Carved a Niche for Themselves

Do you know the well-known personalities from Spain? This article will give you a list of all the Spaniards who have left a mark on Spanish as well as world history.
Historyplex Staff
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018
The first name that comes into my mind when talking about famous Spaniards is the Spanish striker, Raul Gonzalez Blanco. But besides him there are so many people from Spain who have made a name for themselves in this world. They are one of the main reasons why Spain has become popular. Hence, I have tried making a list of famous people from various backgrounds.

Spain carved out an important position for itself in the world during the Middle Ages, with all her explorations, discoveries, cultural and religious ideas spreading across the world and various other things. There were also several people who contributed to this growth.

Spanish Explorers

Spanish people are known for their voyages, their geographical discoveries, their colonies etc. Given below is a list of some of the very famous Spanish explorers who have made their country proud.
  • Vasco Nunez de Balboa
  • Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
  • Juan Sebastian Elcano
  • Hernan Cortes
  • Francisco Pizarro
  • Gasper de Portola
  • Hernando de Soto
  • Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
  • Salvador Fidalgo
  • Diego de Almagro
  • Juan Bautista de Anza
  • Gabriel de Castilla
  • Fray Tomas de Berlanga
Spanish Entertainers

Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Ana Belen, are some of the Spanish people who have made a name for themselves in the field of entertainment. Be it as a director, or an actor or a model, these people have all worked hard to be where they are today; in our hearts and in history. Here are the names of some people from the entertainment field.
  • Penelope Cruz
  • Gabino Diego
  • Juan Diego Botto
  • Fernando Fernan Gomez
  • Alfredo Landa
  • Pedro Almodovar (director)
  • Isabel Coixet
  • Victor Erice (director)
  • Julio Medem (director)
  • Santiago Segura (director)
  • Antonio Banderas
  • Fernando Rey
  • Fernando Sancho
  • Paz Vega
  • Elena Anaya
  • Mark Consuelos
  • Iciar Bollain (director)
Spanish Artists, Authors, and Musicians

This list would be incomplete without talking about the famous authors, artists, musicians, etc.
  • Pablo Picasso (artist)
  • Salvador Dali (artist)
  • Gaspar Sanz (classical musician)
  • Teresa Berganza (opera singer)
  • Miguel Bose (singers)
  • Enrique Iglesias (singer)
  • Joan Manuel Serrat (singer)
  • Miguel de Cervantes (literature)
  • Gerardo Diego (literature)
  • Carlos Pacheco (artist)
  • David Aja (comic artist)
  • Juan Gris (artist)
  • Javier Marias (literature)
  • Jose Zorrilla Moral (poet)
  • Isaac Albeniz (musician)
  • Ignacio Zuloaga (artist)
Spanish Athletes

Let's see the names of those who have made a name in the sports field.
  • Carlos Checa (motorsports)
  • Marc Gene (motorsports)
  • Raul Gonzalez (football)
  • Xavi Hernandez (football)
  • Iker Casillas (football)
  • Sergio Garcia (golf)
  • Rafael Nadal (tennis)
  • Carlos Moya (tennis)
  • Fernando Verdasco Carmona (tennis)
  • Galo Blanco (tennis)
  • Oriol Ripol (rugby)
  • Pedro Carrasco (boxing)
  • Federico Martin Bahamontes (cycling)
  • Abraham Olano (cycling)
  • Luis Ocana (cycling)
  • Antonio Diaz Miguel (basketball)
  • Juan Carlos Navarro (basketball)
  • David Villa (football)
Spanish People from Science and Technology

Here are the names of people who have made a name in the field of science and technology. These people are now for their great engineering works, scientific works, great inventions are other ways of contribution to science.
  • Severo Ochoa (doctor and biochemist)
  • Pedro Duque (astronaut)
  • Joan Oro (biochemist)
  • Mateu Orfila (Father of modern toxicology, doctor and chemist)
  • Julio Palacios Martinez (physicist and mathematician)
  • Nicolas Cabrera (physicist)
  • Jose de Acosta (first naturalist and anthropologist)
  • Miguel Servet (scientist, surgeon and humanist)
  • Isaac Peral (engineer and sailor)
  • Leonardo Torres Quevedo (engineer and mathematician)
  • Gregorio Maranon (doctor and researcher)
  • Margarita Salas (biochemist, molecular geneticist as well as researcher)
  • Eduardo Torroja (civil engineer and structural architect)
  • Josep Trueta (doctor)
  • Julio Rey Pastor (mathematician)
  • Wifredo Ricart (engineer and designer)
Spanish People from History and Politics

There are also several people from the political background who are famous. Here are the names of some leaders from Spain.
  • Isabella of Castile
  • Charles V
  • Philip II
  • Ferdinand VII
  • Charles III
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
  • Adolfo Suarez
  • Juan Carlos I
  • Felipe Gonzalez
  • Joseph Borrell
  • Manuel Azana
Of course, there are many more names to add to this list, but that would be a HUGE list. There are also some famous Spanish people in America today like the WWE champion, Kane, Enrique Iglesias to name a few. Hope this list was of use to you.
King Juan Carlos I
Philip II of Spain
Charles V
Isabella I Of Castile - Queen Of Spain
Miguel De Cervantes
Berlanga de Duero statue of Fray Tomas de Berlanga
Francisco Pizarro
Hernan Cortes
Juan Sebastian Elcano
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Stamp
Antique illustration of Vasco Nunez de Balboa