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.
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.