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Picturesque Venues Steeped in Spanish History

Photo: The Parador of Sigüenza, a castle from the 8th century

Many historic buildings in Spain have become elegant event venues that convey the soul of the destination and provide memorable experiences. Cortijos, haciendas, country houses, castles... you can find some of these architectural jewels in the Paradores hotel network, as well as many other unusual spaces of great cultural significance located all over the country.

Photo: Carmen de los ChapitelesSouthern Spanish Charm

Among some of these unique venues are the “Carmenes”, country houses in the historic neighbourhoods of the Andalusian city of Granada. A fine example is the “Carmen de los Chapiteles”.

Located in the heart of Granada and under the protection of the Alhambra Palace gardens, this venue dates back to the 14th century and offers 1,000sq.m of space for events, including elegant rooms and pleasant gardens, perfect for al fresco dinners or cocktail receptions.

Girona, artistic and inspiring venues

Along with charming traditional farmhouses, the province of Girona boasts magnificent buildings once erected to protect the region from invasions, which make this region of Catalonia a land of impressive castles and historic manors perfect for hosting outdoor events.

Photo: Castell d'Empordá Among some wonderful properties, we find the Castell d'Empordá, a 14th century castle whose privileged location offers breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside. Among other spaces, the historic building has a large house with a square master tower and it provides 8,000sq.m of indoor and outdoor spaces which have been carefully restored to offer the best facilities possible for events. 

Galicia, land of alluring country houses

The pazos (palaces in Galician) are stately houses surrounded by the countryside and centuries of history; they are a rich monumental heritage and are increasingly available for events.

Some fine examples of pazos perfectly suited to host outdoor events are the Pazo do Souto, which is also very convenient for excursions to cities such as Santiago, A Coruña or the mythical Costa da Morte, and the Pazo do Castro, whose interior and Photo: Pazo do Castroexterior venues combine rustic past with comfortable present, making it ideal for events. As compelling as any Galician folk-style pazo, it has beautiful views over the Sil Valley.

Basque Country: northern tradition and gastronomy

The Basque Country, one of the most foodie regions of Spain, features historic houses, palaces and castles with a strong culinary tradition that combine architectural beauty with elaborate food to tempt the palate.

Among them we find the Castle of Arteaga. Built around an ancient 13th century defensive tower, this beautiful building is located in the heart of the Urdaibai reserve and it was refurbished by empress Maria Eugenia de Montijo in the 19th’s century. Among other features, it has a distinctive neo-Gothic tower, a tastefully decorated dining room that seats 230 people and a relaxing pool at the top of one of its towers!

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