This 114-year-old woman is now the oldest Spaniard ever

Jessica Jones
Jessica Jones - [email protected] • 8 Jun, 2016 Updated Wed 8 Jun 2016 06:59 CEST
image alt text

Ana Vela, who lives in a retirement home in Barcelona, has become the oldest person to have ever lived in Spain.


At 114 years and 221 days old, Vela takes the crown as the oldest ever Spaniard and the second oldest European after Italian, Emma Morano, who is 116 years old.

Six Spanish secrets on how to live to the age of one hundred 

Her title was confirmed on Monday by the Grupo de Investigación en Gerontología (Gerontology Research Group). 

Vela was born in Córdoba on October 30th 1901 and moved to Barcelona in the 1940s to work as a dressmaker.

She lives in La Verneda old people’s home in Barcelona, close to her daughter, who is 88-years-old. 

She claimed the title as oldest living Spaniard two years ago and on Monday was officially declared the longest living Spaniard ever recorded, surpassing the record of María Antonia Castro, an Andalucian who died twenty years ago.

Spaniards have one of the highest life expectancies in the world, which is often attributed to the Mediterranean diet and traditional slower pace of life. 

But one Spaniard who lived to the ripe old age of 107 on a diet that consisted mainly of... red wine. 

Six Spanish secrets on how to live to the age of one hundred 



Jessica Jones 2016/06/08 06:59

Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also