And they won't speak Spanish to you, either, even though both languages are relatively intelligible toward the other. Same in Italy, they would rather speak English to you than Spanish, despite basic communication abilities.
My home country is full of surprises. Not just beaches, good food and wine and marvellous weather, but beautiful green or rocky mountain ranges, forests, valleys and castles where you'd least expect. I live here and I still get surprised with the beauty of so many sites. Come visit us! ;)