I will admit it that I had a bit of a hard time understanding how and why Catalunya wanted to not be
part of Spain when I first arrived. But then I got used to it as you kind of bump into it all the time.
(Catalunya wants to be an independent state, in case you didn't know.
I didn't know this before living there.)
Anyway, things aren't that different here:
The Canary Islands also like the idea of in independency, however they don't have
such strong ideas of how and when. They just feel separate from Spain, and I understand that.
We are very far from mainland Spain!
I have talked to several locals about this, and they all seem to have the same opinions more or less. They feel separate from Spain in geography, climate and culture. Spain is very diverse and change a lot from region to region, but I agree that life here is the most different from what I have learned
to be more "typical spanish" anywhere else.