So What Do Spanish Women Really Think of British Guys?

what spanish women really think - British guys

You would? Wouldn't you?

A dilettante, a rebel and an exceedingly talented wordsmith I am. A pornographer I am not. Yet despite all the flack that comes with running a popular travel sex website (hint: not the one you’re reading now), I still have absolutely no problems tackling the kind of questions that travellers, and people similar to me (young guys), coming to Spain, want to know about.

And despite being indisposed myself, as I’ve well pointed out, the question is still one that I’ve pondered:

What do Spanish women really think of us British men?

So aside from jumping on one of the next flights to Tenerife, knocking back the sangria and carpet bombing every “chica” in sight of course, how is this question expected to reach a satisfactory denouement? Basically it’s dead before we even start right? As generalisations never bode well in the public domain.

Still, that being said, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun eh? And with this being My Spanish Adventure (and me being your hapless guide to life in Spain), we’re going to go right ahead and generalise anyway. Because life’s like that. You can’t stop the bad shit from happening.

Luckily for me though – and one of the perks of having the attention of several expats and travellers at my fingertips on Facebook – I don’t have to take centre stage on this one. I asked some people I know for their thoughts instead. Because vicarious living really is the best way to live after all 😉

The Spanish Girls

So turning to the small foreign legion I’ve muscled up and got cozy with over every bloggers two most reputable sources, Facebook and Twitter, the Spanish girls were pretty mixed in their reactions as to how Spanish women really think of us Brits.

My ex-Granada housemate, the sultry Sara Reyes, added that I shouldn’t be so silly as to generalize in the first place (but not after telling me how much she loves foreigners first though ;)) and that for her little punky ass she added, “the question matters not where the person is from, but rather the content of their personality”.

A proper little Martin Luther King that one…

And aside from Sarah I then had Maria, my ex-Spanish teacher, tell me that Spanish women’s opinions differ greatly from each other but that she, personally, has never fallen hook, line and sinker for us socks-in-sandal wearing folk. Still there was some recompense, as she added that those English men “who’ve traveled widely and had a lot of contact for foreign cultures” might still fare well in the eyes of moreno princesses.

There’s hope for us yet then boys….

And finally there was Pilar who also helps to buoy us up a bit:

Personally, they know how to cook and don’t mind doing so. They are, generally, a bit less stuck in the “you do this cause you’re a woman and I do that cause I’m a man” way of thinking. They are a little bit more advanced in that way. Having said that, one or two of my male friends have looked at me in a funny way when I’ve suggested they stay home with the kids instead of their wives.

So, in my opinion, English men are not chauvinistic, but the Dutch are even less so.

And one of my Spanish female friends thinks Tony Blair is incredibly sexy, so there’s no accounting for taste!

In conclusion gents? Well, if you have big ears, can lie really well about weapons of mass destruction and make a lot of hand gestures, what are you waiting for? Get your bony little culos over here!

The Spanish Guys

So with the women having vented their spleens dry, I then tried to turn to my careless whispers to some of the men. Sadly there weren’t many so willing to step up and talk about us guiri boys aside from my old friend David, who, despite unknowingly being in love with me, told me he couldn’t possibly speak on behalf of his nations women.

Sad that. I do it every time for you British bints.

The English Guys (And Girls)

With my well of contacts from the world of Spanish ladies running dry then, I took to roping in some other lads here to give me the skinny on whether the mujeres south of our shores dig us or not.

Not surprisingly, they were only to happy to oblige.

Suave British Romeo, Simon Harris:

Based on a 25 year track record, I’d say they find us extremely sexy to start with. My Thin White Boy (thin old codger these days) was a big hit 25 years ago and I’ve had just as much success since I separated from my wife over a year ago. I think they’re attracted to the fact that we’re less peacock-strutting macho than most Spanish men and find it easier to express our feelings.

The ever-so-modest Graham Hunt:

They adore me 😉

Archetypal English bit of rough, John Wolfendale:

Compared to my Spanish brother-in-laws there is no doubt that I am more likely to help around the house. My parents in law were astonished that I am capable of preparing a meal and help with the children. They think I am very modern.

I’m-too-sexy-for-my-trunks, Alex Bramwell:

I think they are bemused by our habit of getting drunk every time we go out. They also don’t find our complete inability to wiggle our hips very sexy. On the plus side, the British sense of humour seems to go down well.

Proper journalistic experiment this one, as you can all see.

And so with the thread remaining open on Facebook and the conversation still raging, suddenly all hell broke loose as other expat girls took their turn to muscle in and turn the debate toward that of gender, Maya Middlemiss adding:

I know that even amongst what I would describe as our pretty professional and middle class (Spanish) circle of fellow parents, gender roles within the home and earning seem very old fashioned, to the point where our equally shared parenting seems like a curious novelty. My other half is one of very few dads who usually do the school run and go to the birthday parties for example. I have friends who have jokily/enviously expressed longing for more support on the domestic front as though that’d be unthinkable for them. Even those who work (about 50%) seem to do all the housework and main role in parenting.

And Fiona Pitt-Kethley also sticking in the dagger and giving it a twist for good measure:

My son seems to do all right but he sounds Spanish.

No hope for my guiri heavy-accent there either.

Still, child-rearing and cooking aside, where do single British guys fit in the order of things? Do Spanish women really think we’re the beer swigging, English football shirt wearing hunks we know we all are? Or would they much rather stick to their own Mediterranean meat?

Answers on a perfume scented postcard sealed with a kiss please!

18 Responses to So What Do Spanish Women Really Think of British Guys?

  1. Max May 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    Just as an anecdote, my Spanish wife still doesn’t understand my british humour after nearly 40 years, but she puts up with me.
    And where is the link to the “popular travel sex website”?

    • Will May 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm # – have fun!

  2. Mo May 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    I find Britmen just a teeny weeny bit fey. That´s not to say I can´t break the balls of any Spaniard tho….and if tomorrow I was manless (Dios no lo quiera) it would be a Spaniard anytime!

    • Will May 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      You clearly haven’t met me Mo. The photo don’t do justice…

  3. Andrew May 31, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    You know, British guys usually do really well when they come to the States because of the accent, but we do get our revenge a little bit when we go to Europe because our reputation hasn’t taken the (pretty severe) battering that British guys’ has due primarily to the stag parties (British men have a horrible reputation in places like the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Estonia thanks to this) and the fact that Britain, being much closer to continental Europe than America, means that when people go on holiday from the U.K. a lot of them will go to continental Europe and therefore the girls there in general just have a lot more exposure to British guys and they’re a lot more familiar with them. Being familiar with them means they’re not as curious about them since they already know them to some degree.

    In contrast to this Americans have a reputation of not leaving their own country too often (generally true) and as a result not very many Americans travel, relatively speaking (relative to the total population and to the number of people from Europe who travel). This means that girls outside the U.S. inevitably just won’t be very familiar with American men because they don’t meet many of them, unlike British men who they’re quite familiar with because they come there (Spain, France, Czech Republic, etc.) all the time on holiday and stag parties and what not. This leads to foreign women not having much of an impression, positive or negative, of American men and not knowing much about us at all which means they’re curious and open to the idea of being with an American, a nice plus.

    Now, I know some people will be inclined to say something like “Well yes, but Americans also have to deal with all the bullshit about Bush and Iraq and you’re all Team America, World Police, and the crazy religious twats and the super-conservative idiotic politics, etc. etc. etc.”. Yes, but…ALL of that is stuff concerning our government, not us as individual Americans, and I’ve found that 98% of non-Americans are intelligent enough to realize this, to realize that you have no idea whether any one particular American supports any of that stuff, and you can’t just automatically blame them for what their government did (if they supported it and you can determine that, then that’s another story). Point is I find that very few people will automatically hold that against you or really have any negative prejudices against you because you’re American and that the whole thing gets severely overblown (typically by…Americans, haha, who exaggerate and imagine how much they’ll be hated if they travel anywhere outside the U.S.).

    Anyway, being concerned about how people will perceive you due to your country of origin is generally pretty silly as the great majority of people won’t presume anything about you, at least nothing really negative, due to what country you’re from because most of them know better than to do that. So don’t worry about it.


  4. Arabella May 31, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    “sock_in_sandal”, that’s the matter! 😉

  5. Jeremy June 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    Spanish girls love Americans, like me.

  6. miguel December 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

    to my understanding spanish girls are not attracted to british guys who are not percieved as being good looking. they are very big on their latin lovers unless of course you are loaded with money

    brits have quite a nasty drinking culture which they bring with them in spain and greece which the natives really dislike

  7. Ester January 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    I’m spanish, and I think that in general in every country foreigners are seen as more interesting and exotic, so spanish girls and women are attracted by english and american men, specially now that we are so interested in learning english, I know several snack bars in which english people can have their lunch or dinnar for free, because spanish people pay it in exchange of a conversation in english. So I’m sure you’ll find a lot of women interested at least in talking to you.
    It’s needless to say that nobody likes to spend his time with a drunk man, and we are more attracted by a good-loking man.
    However, topics are topics and every country suffers some kind of them.

    • Max January 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

      Well Ester, your English is so good I expect you will not be inviting handsome mature Englishmen like me to a meal in exchange for conversation. Tendré que seguir buscando!

  8. Ester January 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Thank you Max, it encourages me a lot, because I have been making a strong effort to improve my English!

  9. Laura Schmidt February 2, 2013 at 4:32 am #

    what do you want with Spanish women? sex? a relationship? why not get this from your own women? Why go looking for comfort outside your own people? This is quite slutty and low class of you. Why betray your own kind and sleep around, Shame on you.

    Spanish women are very snobby, although they do not always overtly show it so good luck.

    Spanish women love humor, though, and they will be curious to experience the “british humor” that is so famous, and they would like to hear you speak. Other than this, I do not think they think of the Brits as hunks or interesting.

    Honestly, Spanish women like Mediterranean men. They prefer Spanish or Italian men. This is the truth. I am Spanish. Look at the movie “mad love” and see who played Philip the handsome. He is Italian and he is a hunk.

    The only thing that Nordics have which is interesting is the blond hair and blue eyes, but nordics are not sexy and the personality is wrong for us. Nordics are very verklemmt.

    Again, I think you should try to find comfort with your own. Spanish women can be very funny, friendly, with everyone and foreigners iinterpret it as interest, then they get their heartbroken, so………

    • Max February 6, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      So, Laura Schmidt, your advice is that each nationality should only relate with people of their own nationality? In 1973 in the Arzobispado de Valencia, my subsequent wife was asked why she wanted to marry a foreigner, weren’t there enough Spaniards to satify her? This is your opinion 40 years later? Are you perhaps just a teeny bit old fashioned?

  10. Jason April 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Not all spaniards are dark. You’ve been in Spain a long time, you should know that. My grandmother was from Asturias and had red hair and blue eyes. Spanish people don’t see red hair or blonde hair as foreign. It exists naturally in Spain. There are even Nordic types in Spain. Yes, they are in the minority, but they are there. As for who spanish women will date, well it really depends ok the guy, but spanish women usually prefer spanish men, or Italian or french, because they feel they have in common culturally with them. 🙂
    I enjoy your blog posts. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

    • Jason April 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm #

      I mean it depends on the guy*

  11. Delia May 18, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    Hey, I’m a Spanish female 😉 ..And I definitely think British men are attractive.The accent just dose it for me lol I’ll possibly melt or go weak in the knees if you spoke to me. And all of the one’s I’ve met have been very very handsome and classy men. What else can I say lol.. I love the Brits <3

    Btw.. just ignore all of the ignorant people who think they know everyone's type. After all everyone is different they wont always agree c:

  12. Thalia July 26, 2014 at 2:32 am #

    British men?
    Ergh no thanks!!
    What’s funny they seem to thinks they’re god gift to women and always keep bashing their women.They seem oblivious that most european women tend to bash british men as well…

    • Dave April 5, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

      I live in Spain but steer clear of Spanish women. Some are ok when they are young but it doesn’t last. Look at their mothers!