To be honest, I have not heard about La Muralla Roja before the previous week, when one of my roommates excitedly told me it is located in a near-by town. Since I could not understand what the fuss was all about, she decided to show me a picture of it – turns out the building is an Instagram sensation. I fell inlove with this masterpiece immediately, so I did not wait long to do my research and visit it.
From Benidorm, where we are having our Erasmus internship, to Calp it is only about 45 minutes by bus. So yesterday me and two of my roommates decided to make the trip and spend an afternoon in the little coastal town.
When we got off the bus, we immediately headed towards La Muralla Roja, hoping to be able to get inside and take some pictures.
Let me tell you something more about the building. Its construction was completed in 1973 by the Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill Levi. As it can be guessed by the name (“The Red Wall”) the outer walls of the fortress-like construction are painted a striking red color. As its heart is approached, however, shades of pink, purple, and blue can be observed. 50 apartments are situated within the building and it also features an outlandish pool available to its residents.
As you can see from the description above, La Muralla Roja is a private property and the public is not supposed to have access. But when we arrived there, the door of the garden was wide open, inviting everyone to come inside.
We spent about an hour exploring this labyrinth of modern architecture and enjoying the breath-taking views from the top. Words are not enough to describe the combination of colors, sky, sea, and nature… But may be pictures can 🙂
After existing la Muralla, we passed by two other buildings by Bofill – Xandu and El Anfiteatro, which unfortunately, we could not visit inside.
We finished our day by having a dinner in an Italian restaurant near the cost line and returned to Benidorm full of sunshine, positive energy and good memories.