From private houses to luxury estates, a short list of our favorite stays outside Barcelona.
Torre del Visco - Fuentespalda
Taking its name from the eponymous 15th century defensive watchtower its housed in, La Torre del Visco’s 16 rooms & suites are nestled in a storybook Spanish landscape in the ancient kingdom of Aragón. Food is sourced seasonally from its organic farm which, among other delights, includes almond groves, cereal fields and over 2000 olive trees.
Visit their website: www.torredelvisco.com
Casa El Caracol - Lledó
This absolutely gorgeous private egg-shaped residence, tucked into 8 acres of pristine Mediterranean pine forest, La Casa Caracol, "the snail", is British architect Rob Collier's response to Buckminster Fuller. Its glazed, open floor plan and minimal design counter an exuberant natural backdrop. Sitting at the confluence two rivers this 3 BR sleeping 6 is the ideal family summer escape.
Visit their website: https://www.boutique-homes.com/el-caracol
Mas Salagros Eco Resort - Vallromanes
Located just 30 minutes outside of Barcelona, Mas Salagros is a refined oasis of pampered wellness and cuisine set in idyllic surroundings. The first 100% eco-friendly EcoResort on the Iberian Peninsula, their commitment to top-quality organic Mediterranean cuisine and sustainable tourism makes for an easy city escape.
Visit their website: www.massalagros.com/en
Sa Perafita - Cadaqués
Built in the 14th century and restored in 2004, the Faixó family has revitalized ancient vineyards and traditional wine making in their native Empordà, a region of striking beauty a short drive from the French border. Located within the Cap de Creus Natural Park, where spectacular cliffs fall into the Mediterranean and whose rocky outposts inspired Dalí surrealist landscapes,
Sa Perafita combines luxury, onsite vineyard and tastings and regional cuisine.
Visit their website: www.martinfaixo.com/en
Torre del Marqués - Monroyo
Opened in July 2020, La Torre del Marques is the newest 5 star hotel in La Matarraña, an up and coming region recently coined “The Tuscany of Spain”. Its 18 tastefully designed rooms & suites are the perfect base to discover this fascinating corner of Spain, with 2 of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Spain” - Vallderobres and Calaceite - within stone’s throw.
Visit their website: www.hoteltorredelmarques.com/en/
Hotel Villa Retiro - Xerta
Plush 5 Star hotel housed in a Modernist palace on the banks of the Ebro River, Villa Retiro’s 19 rooms combine colonial charm with the only Michelin Star restaurant in the Ebro Valley. Built in 1890 and restored in 2006, its lavish interior opens on to an equally exuberant exterior with streams, waterfalls, a small grotto and tropical trees brought from Argentina.
Visit their website: www.hotelvillaretiro.com/en/
Mas La Ferreria - Santa Pau
Nestled in La Garrotxa, land of ancient volcanoes and picturesque hilltop villages in Central Catalona, 14th century Mas La Ferreria boasts understated luxury set in a refined rustic setting where nature and history merge seamlessly. Its 9 exquisite rooms & suites’ names are inspired by the craft of Bernat Pagès, a blacksmith who settled here in 1339.
Visit their website: www.hotelmaslaferreria.com
Jonathan Lerner is the founder of Tailored Tours, a creative travel studio curating cultural & gastronomic experiences in Spain and across Europe.
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