The Flag of Spain

The flag of Spain consists of three horizontal stripes: red, yellow, and red, with the yellow stripe being twice the height of each red stripe. Positioned towards the hoist side is the country's coat of arms. The coat of arms includes the Pillars of Hercules, which are two towers with a banner floating between them displaying the traditional motto, 'Plus Ultra,' meaning 'more beyond,' referring to Columbus's discovery of the New World.

The Flag of Spain

History

The current design of the Spanish flag was officially adopted on December 19, 1981, but its origins trace back to the late 18th century. The flag's colors were chosen by Charles III of Spain from among 12 different designs intended to distinguish Spanish ships from those of other nations. Initially, the flag was only used at sea but gradually became the national flag. The coat of arms has undergone several modifications throughout the years, reflecting the political changes within the country. The version with the current coat of arms was introduced in 1981, revising the previous version to better represent Spain's historical and regional components.