EXPLORED_ La Muralla Roja

EXPLORED_ la muralla roja by Ricardo Bofill - Hannelore Veelaert for aupaysdesmerveillesblog.be

Some things on your bucket list disappoint when you can finally cross them off, others are exactly what you hoped they would be.  Then there are those that leave you speechless and let you return home with hundreds of photos to edit… La Muralla Roja, or “the red wall”, is definitely in the last category.  The housing complex in Calpe was designed by Ricardo Bofill at the end of the sixties and is an abundance of pink, red, purple and blue, poured into geometric shapes and complimented by luscious green here and there.  With its countless bridges, staircases and vistas (inspired by traditional casbah architecture), wandering through La Muralla Roja is a true adventure.  Not only does there always seem to be a new staircase or view to discover, the building seems to change with the sun and the clouds, surprising you time in time again.  Complete with a rooftop swimming pool, solarium, sauna and rooftop terraces, Bofill‘s design was well ahead of its time and a dream come true for any fan of architecture with a dash of pink!

If the picture overload in this blogpost convinces you to pack your bags and travel to the Costa Blanca yourself, please note that you’re only allowed to enter the site of La Muralla Roja when you’re staying there.  Several apartments in the building are for rent through airbnb, I’ve included the one we stayed at below.  Its interior is not as jaw-dropping as the building itself, but it has everything you need.  Even though you will undoubtedly run into other tourists exploring the building, it’s a quiet place to stay and if you’re lucky (as we were) you have the rooftop pool all to yourself!

La Muralla Roja, e - airbnb (click here for a discount if you're a first time user) - Ricardo Bofill

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