What could be a spookier Halloween experience than jetting off to a foreign land and staying in a huge old stone castle, a fortress high above a city or within the palatial walls where influential royalty once lived and breathed (and where the past haunts the living)?
Zip over to Spain and trek out to one of the famous Paradores hotels and you can do just that.
Stay over at the Spanish Paradores where accommodations are the integrated architecture of several christian kingdoms and gothic movement such as Castles, Palaces, Fortresses, Convents, Monasteries that had withstand the cruelty of terrain weathers, decades of evolved cultures and rich Roman Catholicism practices since 1500s…
Old monasteries and convents still stand
Independent thrill-seekers will revel in the idea of jumping into a rental car and traveling out to one of the isolated countryside Paradores, surrounded by nature and stunning unspoilt views stretching out to the horizon.
The old monasteries and convents still retain many original features whether a columned courtyard with fountains and mosaics, or murals and wall-hangings adding to the atmosphere made up of centuries of history.
In 1518, a group of nuns established the Franciscan monastery which now is turned into a patisserie and a boutique hotel. As low as $6 a night, this monastery was caught in fire before although no one died.
Visit Spain’s most famous haunted house
Visit Spain’s most famous haunted house in Bélmez de la Moraleda, Jaén. Faces of the past residents seem to appear on floors and walls.
It was even reported that the faces of the women fade throughout the years and replaced with new one… Guardian News & Media reported in 2008, “It was here, 33 years ago, that María Gómez first found the outline of a human face which appeared in the concrete floor. She chipped away at the cement to get rid of it, but soon a cast of a dozen other faces and outlines of whole bodies began to appear.”
Spain is not all that scary, actually…
How can it be all that scary when you are in same country as hot footballers from the best team in the world, Real Madrid? But really, these museum-like structures have been maintained and immaculately restored; you won’t find spider webs adorning the walls or dusty chests tripping you up whist wandering dark corridors with a candle in hand.
You’re likely to feel more of a princess lounging on one of the decadently authentic four-poster beds, dining on the very best regional Spanish cuisine and indulging in spa and massage treatments whilst enjoying unbeatable views.
Wild Party in Madrid or Barcelona
A trip out to the countryside will perfectly complement a crazy city weekend partying with the locals in Madrid or Barcelona; though to combine the best of both worlds head to Granada (believe me, I was a student here). Enjoy much rich history by day, with the cathedral, Albayzin cobbled streets and Alhambra perched up on the hill.
The Parador de Granada is in fact uniquely situated within the walls of this world-famous structure. By night, tapas and nightlife is like nowhere else in southern Spain, with students making the most of the delicious and extensive tapas offerings before heading to one of the numerous discotécas around the city, or up in the caves heading out into the countryside…
So experience spooky Spain by making your own adventure – and throw the mysteries of the past into your stay by discovering the Paradores hotels! Maybe you will be in the same restaurant as Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka or sitting at the same bar as quirky and ever so charming, club manager, Jose Maurinho…