This Iconic Apartment Complex in Spain Is a Work of Art — With Airbnbs
In Calpe, Spain, a couple of hours south of Valencia, there’s an apartment complex called La Muralla Roja (“The Red Wall”) that defies description — it’s part Barbie dream house, part M.C. Escher sketch, and all postmodern.
Designed by radical Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, the colorful, geometric apartment complex drew from a few different inspirations, including North African casbahs, brutalist architecture, and the Greek cross (there are more than a dozen with roughly 15-foot arms incorporated into the design). Yet the most striking feature of the design is the color scheme — the walls of the complex bear dramatic hues of pink, red, blue, and violet that are color-coded by area, such as housing units and courtyards.
The best part of La Muralla Roja? It’s available to book on Airbnb.
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Staying at La Muralla Roja
La Muralla Roja is made up of approximately 50 units, from studios to three-bedroom apartments. One Airbnb superhost, Hans, rents a one-bedroom unit that’s ideal for two people. Guests have access to both a rooftop pool and the beach, while the apartment’s ground-floor location also gives guests easy access to the terrace outside and its gorgeous views of the sea. Past guests have raved about the aparment’s tidiness, charming decor, and many plants, as well as Hans himself for helping to coordinate transfers to La Muralla Roja, restaurants and activities in the area and Valencia at large, and nice touches like welcome wine on arrival.
Price per night: $148
Depending on your group size and the availability of Hans’s loft, there are also other units in La Muralla Roja that are available for rent on Airbnb, including a one-bedroom apartment that sleeps four for $248 per night, a two-bedroom apartment that sleeps four for $95 per night, a two-bedroom apartment decorated in a “vintage Western” style for $207 per night, a two-bedroom apartment located right by the pool for $210 per night, a three-bedroom apartment that sleeps four for $148 per night, and two different three-bedroom apartments listed for just $100 per night and $101 per night, respectively.