The ‘malafollá’ It is one of the particularities that defines the character of all self-respecting ‘granaíno’. And, as usually happens with clichés, far from wanting to correct it, it is a source of pride for many in this holy land. Others, however, deny it and attribute it to a hackneyed and interested cliché of Cañí Spain. But the latter have run out of excuses because Preplyone of the largest platforms specialized in language learning, has commissioned a study to find out which are the rudest cities in Spain and, “Oh, surprise…!”, Granada ranks second, only behind Santa Tenerife cross.
Before anyone can be tempted to attribute the results of the analysis to a supposed envy of the rest of Spaniards towards Granada for its wonders and singularities, or even to the bad faith of those in charge of preparing the study, it must be clarified that the survey that has yielded these results has been done among the inhabitants of each of the cities. In other words, we have ‘malafollá’ and we not only recognize it, but it bothers us on top of that.
And it is that the field work measures the opinion that, in each city, the residents have regarding the level of education that their own fellow citizens show in the 12 areas most likely to show a lack of courtesy towards others. To do this, more than 1,500 residents of 19 conurbations in Spain have been interviewed and they have been asked how often they encounter rude behavior, their opinion about giving tips, and who they think are the most rude, the people there or those from outside In short, on top of that only 19 areas of Spain had to be selected and Granada was among them. A complete success. By the way, regarding ‘tipping’,Spoiler!, the topic of the ‘land of the chavico’.
But let’s go by steps, not by ‘thrones’ as the people of Malaga say. Among the main conclusions, the preply poll One stands out: “The three rudest cities in Spain are Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Granada and Alicante-Elche. Compared with the average of 5.53, these metropolitan areas obtained a score of 6.06, 5.95 and 5.81, respectively.” Those of the ‘Brotherhood of the Burning Nail’ will at least be able to hold on to the fact that in the Elche is also on the list, a city with which there has been a certain rivalry since Granada won promotion to the First Division in 2011 in the same stadium as the Elche team.
Behind Granada are San Sebastián, Bilbao, Palma (de Mallorca), Barcelona, Málaga and Valladolid. The people of Madrid, so allegedly from the center as always, occupy just tenth place. This editor hopes that they will also end up like this in LaLiga. And, from there, the less rude areas, than not educated, are in ascending order Cádiz, Seville (above), Zaragoza, Las Palmas, Oviedo-Gijón-Avilés, Murcia-Orihuela, Valencia, La Coruña-Oleiros-Arteixo and Vigo. In other words, it is not enough for the Galicians to keep the State Artificial Intelligence Agency, but on top of that they are more likeable than their opponents from Granada and Alicante.
Rude driving, in the restaurant and in line at the ‘super’
Apart from revealing which cities in Spain have the best and worst manners, the purpose of the study was also to find out what are the most frequent rude behaviors throughout the territory. The results showed that being glued to the phone all the time is the most prevalent. Another list also includes the surveyed cities that have obtained the highest score in each of the behaviours. And from 12, Grenada leads up to three. There, let it not be said. They are the following: ‘don’t let other cars pass when there’s traffic’, you couldn’t know; ‘to be rude to the service staff’, because if the waiter comes 600 times, 600 times you should say ‘thank you’, as a colleague reminds us on Twitter; and, finally, ‘skip the line’, so that they don’t say that we are always the last in everything. For example, those from Bilbao are supposedly the ones who speak the loudest in public, and those from San Sebastián don’t seem very inclined to welcome outsiders. Nor could it be known.
Across all cities, 21.25% thought non-residents were ruder than residents. And Granada is the fourth metropolitan area in Spain that more self-perceives that those who come from outside ‘give the hell out’ more than the people of Granada themselves. Ahead, Palma, Valladolid and La Coruña; behind, Las Palmas (of Gran Canaria). And on the opposite side, people from Tenerife, Cádiz, Vigo and Zaragoza are the ones who most consider that their inhabitants are more annoying than those who visit them.
‘Malafollás’ and above ‘chavicos’
If confirming by the scientific method what the ‘malafollá’ backpack was not already enough, on top of that we also have to carry the weight of the fact that the survey of Preply also corroborate the topic of the ‘chavico’. And it is that the study dedicates a section to find out how much the bells of the bars ring according to the place where they are located. To do this, respondents were asked to select the statements with which they most agreed from the options shown below: “I usually leave a tip”, “I only leave a tip if the service was excellent”, “in my city the people don’t usually leave a tip”, “leaving a tip is a good habit and not doing it is a bad gesture”, “tips would not be necessary if the wages were good”, “in my city it is normal to leave a tip”, “I don’t usually leave tip”, “in my city people usually leave a tip” and “none of the above”.
At the same time, residents were asked how much money they used to tip. Of all the data collected, the average amount that citizens usually leave as a tip in each city has been calculated to discover which are the most and least stingy on a scale of one to ten.
Of the almost twenty cities analysed, Valladolid takes the cake the ‘most generous’ among the ‘rats’, as they would say in La Chana, with a percentage of 10.18%. They are followed by Las Palmas, La Coruña, Cádiz, Vigo and Barcelona, whose inhabitants break the cliché that Catalans are clingy. And after a long and tedious listing at last Granada appears in a creditable fourth place… By the tail! With 6.59%, the people of Granada show that they also belong to the ‘Brotherhood of the Clenched Fist’. Luckily those from Murcia-Orihuela, San Sebastián and Santa Cruz de Tenerife are worse off. To take into account: in all of them there are gastronomic concepts similar to tapas. In Murcia, the seafood snack; in San Sebastian, the snacksand in Santa Cruz de Tenerife there is nothing, but no one will be able to say that I don’t ‘get wet’.
Methodology: from November 2 to 7, 2022, 1,567 participants were surveyed in the 19 largest areas of the country. In order to participate in the survey, carried out by Censuswide, it was mandatory to be a resident for at least 12 months. Of all the participants, 736 identified themselves as male and 831 as female.
To calculate the most and least polite cities, participants were asked how often they witnessed the 12 most common rude behaviors in their area of residence. Next, the data obtained was averaged to calculate the average rudeness score per city to classify them.