One of the most memorable moments before any bride’s big day is the hen party; a night of complete celebrations for the bride and her best friends. The hen party is essential, it’s a much needed distraction that breaks up the frantic planning and fretting for perfection that are universal and overwhelming when organizing a wedding.
We’ve already looked at some of the best tips to organize a chic and unique hen party fete, and left lots of room to customize the details to the bride’s taste. Fun is the main feature of any Hen-do, but strippers, penis-themed decor and other excesses are downright dated for many brides these days, we know that you are looking for is a glamourous girls night.
If you’ve already picked a party theme and organized the details of who, what, when and how but not where, then check out these seven hand-picked cities in beautiful, sunny Spain! Well-known for it’s fabulous nightlife and fiestas, Spain also offers gorgeous architecture, stunning natural scenery and fantastic weather.
But forget about typical tourist hot-spots like Barcelona, Ibiza and Formentera (at least for now) because today we’re presenting the Paradors, which are luxurious hotels housed in beautiful, historic buildings like monasteries or castles. Each Parador is managed by Parador de Turismo and funded by the Spanish public to promote lesser-known places of historic, artistic or natural interest that are no less captivating than those already known the world over. Spain’s Paradors across 94 different areas have been selected for their historical significance and are often classified as World Heritage Sites! Here we present seven Paradors that offer ideal locations for a happy hen party full of fun, relaxation, culture and unforgettable moments!
1. Three words… Sun, Soul and Socarrat: Parador El Saler
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Just 20 km from the city of Valencia, sits the Parador El Saler. Nestled between the beaches of the Mediterranean and the blue waters of Lake Albufera, El Saler offers a unique location that’s perfect for the bride that loves good food, good fun and relaxation! If you fancy sea views while you and your best friends savor the lightly caramelized flavor of socarrat with a perfect paella, then pack your bags for Parador El Saler!
2. Game of Thrones with a Spanish flavor: The Parador Toledo
If you long to be transported to another time and would like to treat your ladies to a taste of an age of chivalry, then the Parador Toledo is a perfect choice. With stunning views of the medieval city of Toledo, which mixes Castilian, Arabic and Jewish influences, the Parador itself mixes modern comforts with exposed wooden beams and Mudejar motifs on the rugs and tilework. Allow its majestic rooms and historic setting to transport you to a more courtly age.
3. Surfing in the sunny South! Parador Cadiz
Perhaps the bride-to-be is a bit of a beach-bunny, then she’ll be delighted by the golden sands and warm breezes when you stay at the Parador Cadiz! With excellent diving opportunities and some of the best surfing in Spain, this city in the south will not disappoint. Situated deep within Andalusia, the Parador Cadiz combines extreme luxury with a little rock n’ roll and is ideal for a diverse group of friends with diverse tastes.
4. A stroll through medieval streets: Parador Santiago de Compostela
For a hen weekend filled with art, tradition and soul-stirring sights, the Parador Santiago de Compostela is perfect. Known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, it was built in 1499 to accommodate the many pilgrims who visited the city. One of the emblems of Santiago, this Parador offers spectacular beauty in an exclusive and unique location, perfect for making everlasting memories for the years to come.
5. Just a stone’s throw from Madrid: Parador Chinchón
If you can’t bear the thought of missing out on an opportunity to visit Madrid but want to organise a relaxing hen weekend in the country, then the Parador Chinchón is your solution! One of the main attractions in this charming village of the Madrid Sierra, this parador offers the peaceful atmosphere of a former Augustinian monastery, exquisite Baroque architecture and tasty traditional dishes, in addition to easy access to the exciting capital.
6. The sporting life: Parador Malaga Golf
For a winning combination of sports, luxury and entertainment, the Parador Malaga Golf is an excellent choice. This chic celebrity favorite offers beautiful beaches and lots of opportunity to unwind with a bit of sport. Imagine: first you spend a peaceful morning on the beach, and then in the afternoon wander over for a few rounds of golf. Later you organize a spa session and finish out the day letting your hair down in one of the nightclubs downtown!
7. A relaxing mountain getaway: Parador Cervera Pisuerga
It’s time to disconnect and unplug from the stress of organizing the wedding, and recharge your batteries with your best friends. There’s no better place to relax than the spectacular natural surroundings and greenery of the Parador Cervera Pisuerg, in the Fuentes Carrionas Nature Reserve. Escape and discover sights of astonishing natural beauty among relaxing conversation and fabulous food.
Has our collection convinced you? All that’s left now is to pick your Parador, ring for the reservation and pack your suitcase! If you can keep your plans a secret, you’re sure to surprise the bride with breathtaking sights and beautiful memories in one of these unforgettable locations!
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