There are only a few days left until our proud fathers enjoy their great day. A day full of hugs, smiles, lovingly thought of gifts and words of gratitude.

But do we know the origin of this tradition? We could be forgiven for thinking that it has always existed, but that wouldn’t be the truth.

The origin of Father’s Day has its roots in the United States, when at the beginning of the 20th century, a woman called Sonora Smart Dodd wanted to honor her father for taking care of her and her 5 brothers when their mother died giving birth to her youngest child. This celebration had such acceptance and support that it created a precedent, which in turn led to the establishment of this day as a national holiday. It has since been adopted worldwide in a multitude of countries over the years.

Due to the different traditions and customs of each country, Father’s Day is not celebrated on the same date: March 19th in Spain, the third Sunday in June in the USA, the 23rd February in Russia, on 8th March in Korea … Whatever date it is celebrated on, it always has one thing in common, at its heart it is a family celebration.

So why do we celebrate it on March 19th in Spain. This date was chosen because of its connection with the religious holiday of San José, as it’s a country with a Catholic tradition. This day was chosen as the Saint is considered the perfect example of a humble and hard-working father.

In Spain we have celebrated Father’s Day since 1948, when a teacher accepted a request from a group of parents to receive their well-deserved tribute. Thus following a tradition to honor men just as was done with mothers, which was already taking place in other countries. The idea prospered and the initiative was established throughout Spain, thanks to the managing director of Galerías Preciados a well-known chain of department stores, who in 1953 popularised the idea with a media marketing campaign.

If you still have no idea what to give, we at Boutique Hotels Spain can give you some ideas to surprise the male head of the household:

How about a two-wheeled experience?

In Vivedespacio Hotel Conde de la Corte they have prepared a very special pack

A two-night-stay with breakfast, in which you will enjoy a guided bicycle tour through the region of Zafra, to discover its many beauty spots.  Included in the pack is a picnic basket with typical local products from the area. There will be a brief stop in a suitably picturesque spot for you to regain your strength by sampling the aforementioned delicacies. To end the day, dinner for two, and afterwards, enjoy a relaxing drink in the hotel’s library.

How about a trip to the north of Spain?

Book two nights or more at Posada La Pascasia located in the unique environment that is the Sanabria Nature Park, in the province of Zamora. Enjoy free breakfast during your entire stay as a gift for making your reservation. If you like outdoor activities in a mountain setting, you have found the right place. A variety of diverse trails will delight your senses: the trail of the Cascadas de Aguas Cernidas, the trail of the Cañón del Forcadura, the trail of La Huella del Lobo, trails on horseback along traditional paths, a boat trip on the lake in the Catamaran Helios Cousteau … and these are only some of the options on offer.

How about a break in southern Spain?

Who said there was no such thing as a free meal? At The Almunia del Valle that is simply not the case! Yes, to celebrate Father’s Day, if you book a stay of 4 nights before March 22, you will enjoy a homely dinner for two, in an elegant atmosphere and in the warmth of a real log fire. Enjoy the idyllic surroundings of this hotel located in the Sierra Nevada, in the province of Granada, renowned for its light and tranquility. If you like city breaks, exploring Granada will be like discovering part of the history of Spain, slipping through its streets, monuments, museums, parks and gardens.