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At least, that’s according to a recent poll exploring European citizens' preferred nationality for a holiday fling. But I wouldn’t get paid and it would make for quite a tiring read.

The survey of over 50,000 European men and women aged 18 to 35 revealed that men in six out of eight countries surveyed (including Britain, Holland, Germany, Italy and France) said they'd like a relationship with a woman from Spain more than any other nation. It would be easy for me to answer that by simply writing two words over and over again: Penelope Cruz. (Although Penny, if you’re reading this, you can find me on Twitter.

Fifty-thousand people is an admirable test sample, for sure, but the statistics that reveal European women’s favoured partners do suggest a clerical error.

These traits make an attractive cookie-cutter from which the archetypal Latin girl is cut. The Latin lady is, to us simple northern European types, something of a mystery.

OK, perhaps not as mysterious as an Inuit woman would be, but intriguing nonetheless.

But does the fantasy match the reality of dating an Irish man?

We ask three women for their experiences ‘I want to marry an Irishman.” So says one American female who has posted her profile on one of thousands of internet dating sites.

A Latin woman can give you all the attention in the world one second, and take it away the next.

At 10.05 a tickle-tummy session looks on the cards, at 10.06 she’s playing with the curtain pull. They can turn confident chaps with biceps the size of cantaloupes into lip-quivering lisping nincompoops quicker than you can say patatas bravas.

The dark, brooding, knowing eyes; the throaty accent, rendering each comment a confusion of compliment and underhanded jibe; and lastly, an apparent aloofness.

If you’ve ever tried to woo a Spanish girl over a glass of Rioja, as I have, you can vouch for the fact that it’s a bit like conversing with a big cat.

Stylish because Latinas in general ooze panache (there I go again).

Who was widely regarded as the most stylish guest at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding a couple of years ago? Headstrong because as anyone who’s ever watched a Pedro Almodóvar movie knows, Spanish woman are not to be trifled with; and fiery because anyone who does trifle with a Spanish woman will, at some stage in the evening, have to use all his dexterity and alertness to duck out of the way of an airborne plate.

Plus they move with a grace that makes their English counterparts look rather plodding and dull (Brazil 2014 included).