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Discover Ricardo Bofill’s Muralla Roja in Calp

Last update : 22 May 2024
Have you heard of Muralla Roja? A complex with 100% graphic architecture, recognizable by its pastel pinks and blues. An architecture lover's dream!

Located in the town of Calp, near Valencia in Spain, the work of Ricardo Bofill, a Spanish architect, is starting to gain a little notoriety… In our case, we discovered it thanks to snapshots found on Instagram or Pinterest. It’s also the location for many photo shoots and music videos.

We had already planned to discover the city of Valencia in Spain in August, so we decided to splurge and make a little detour to discover the famous Muralla Roja. The crush was instantaneous! Follow us as we tell you all about our 3-day stay in this unique place! 📸

A little history about La Muralla Roja

Muralla Roja is a complex of 50 apartments, with atypical common areas and a cross-shaped rooftop pool. Created in 1973, it is one of the most original works by its creator, Ricardo Bofill.
We fell in love with the architecture and the views of Calp Rock, el Peñon de Ifach and the Mediterranean Sea.

Muralla Roja

Muralla Roja has been in the news a lot since 2017, popping up all over Pinterest and Instagram, in Martin Solveig’s music video (Do it right), and in photoshoots for prestigious brands like Guerlain.
This recent notoriety has somewhat worried the inhabitants of Muralla Roja… They are very protective and have secured all the entrances to the site to guarantee the tranquility of their living space. SO! 😌 If you want to visit the Muralla Roja, in order to be sure of getting in, you’ll absolutely need to rent one or more nights in an airbnb or booking inside.

In our opinion, sleeping inside one of the 50 apartments of the Muralla Roja is the best way to soak up the atmosphere of the place. It’s also an opportunity to have time to wander around the different spaces and take your photos quietly without disturbing the locals.

muralla roja Airbnb Calpe Espagne

How to get to and sleep at Muralla Roja

As we explained upstream, it’s almost impossible to come and visit the Muralla Roja if you’re not staying there. What’s more, if you really want to immerse yourself in the place, have time to take photos, enjoy the incredible rooftop pool and sea views, there’s nothing better than sleeping there… Trust us, it’s been tried and tested!

calp espagne Muralla Roja

Ricardo Bofill, an atypical Spanish architect

We discovered architect Ricardo Bofill through the Muralla Roja, but it turns out we’d already crossed his path several times! Indeed, he’s particularly well established in his native Spain, a country we know very well. 😍

A native of Barcelona, where he was born in 1939, he has completed numerous projects there, including his airport, the famous Hotel W and the Camp Nou stadium. In fact, if you’re planning to visit the Catalan capital, check out our article on our Barcelona must-sees.

He has many other projects all over Europe, such as the Antigone district in Montpellier (although we don’t necessarily appreciate the style 😝 ). For the moment, our favorite is the Muralla Roja.

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Visit Calp, near Valencia

La Muralla Roja faces the sea, and is very close to Calp town center. We didn’t particularly like the town, which we found very touristy and not very interesting. You’ll find a lot of “touristy” restaurants, a far cry from the small local eateries we’re used to in Sitges, near Barcelona. But the beach is quite pretty, and the view of the rock (el Peñon de Ifach) is incredible.

Staying in Calp is well worth it if you’re looking for a beach/pool vacation that’s not too expensive, or maybe just for a weekend getaway with a day in Valencia!

Calp rocher Ricardo Bofill
Thank you for reading

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Clem & Alex

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