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Eight of the most crazily cool hotels in Spain

Jessica Jones · 28 Jul 2015, 09:21

Published: 28 Jul 2015 09:21 GMT+02:00

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Spain is one of the most visited countries in the world, breaking its own tourism record with over 30 million visitors in the first six months of 2015. But it's not all sunburn and sangria. If you fancy something a little bit different, why not stay in one of the country’s most unusual hotels? The Local gives you a sneak peek.

Tree house

Photo: cabanesalsarbres.com

If you fancy getting back to nature but can’t quite face camping, why not spend a few nights in the forest canopy, nestled in your own private tree house? Cabanes als Arbres, in the Sierra de Montseny, 84 kilometres (around 50 miles) from Barcelona, has ten tree houses to choose from, each named after a bird. One TripAdvisor commenter summed the experience up by saying: "I’ve just had the most incredible holiday here, truly unique."

Circus Hotel

Photo: raluy.com

If you’ve ever dreamed of running away to join the circus, you could live out your fantasy on holiday by staying in a real life working circus. Guests stay in an authentic circus carriage, dating back to 1939, which has been lovingly restored. Visitors also get free entry to the circus and even get the chance to participate in some of the activities. The hotel moves around with the circus, so check Raluy Circus’ website to see where they are heading.


Photo: hotelplazadetoros.com

Never mind going to see a bullfight while you’re in Spain, why not actually stay in a bullring? While it might not be up everyone’s street, the Unesco World Heritage Site of the Plaza de Toros Hotel in Almadén, Ciudad Real includes 24 bedrooms and four star luxury, all surrounding the town’s impressive bullring.

Train carriage

Photo: vagonrural.es

Vagon Rural (Rural Carriage) renovates 1950s train carriages into up-to-the-minute, stylish holiday apartments in the heart of Murcia. So all aboard for a holiday experience of a lifetime.

Sleep with a star

Photo: booking.com

Each room in the Astoria 7, in San Sebastian, is dedicated to a famous Hollyood star. The hotel is built on the site of the famous Astoria cinema and in the most cinematic city in Spain, home to the annual San Sebastian Film Festival, this hotel is surely the most star studded. Don’t forget to say hello to the lifesize statue of Alfred Hitchcock at reception! 

Rent your own island

Photo: island-tagomago.com

Only five minutes by boat from Ibiza, the private island of Tagomago is the most exclusive in the Mediterranean and could be all yours if you can stretch to the €100,000 per week ($111,000) price tag. The mainly rocky island, 600 metres off the Ibizan coast, has its own lighthouse — built in 1906 — as well as an exclusive villa, complete with swimming pool, steam room and sauna. 

An architectural masterpiece 

Photo: hotel-marquesderiscal.com

If you love Bilbao’s Guggenheim and have always wanted to stay in an architectural masterpiece, why not spend a few nights in the Hotel Marqués de Riscal, in the beautiful town of Elciego in the Basque Country. If architecture is your thing, sleeping in a building designed by “the most important architect of our age” is surely not to be missed. 

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Photo: refugiomarnes.com

Step back hundreds of years to Moorish Spain - and add a little bit of glamour - by staying in a luxurious Bedouin tent, all the way from the King of Moroccco’s tent-maker in Casablanca. The tent, in Refugio Marnes in Alicante, comes complete with its own kitchen and bathroom and best of all - no annoying nearby campers - it is the only tent on their property. 

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