Tourism in the Treetops

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Are you considering Barcelona for your next vacation destination but conflicted as to how to spend your precious vacation time? Of course, it’s a shame to travel all the way there without seeing Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces. You must stroll down the Rambla to enjoy its charm and memorable characters. The city’s Maritime Museum and Contemporary Art Museum are both topnotch. Paella, tapas and cava also need be squeezed in somewhere. However inside your head, your inner Thoreau might be screaming “I need to relax, switch off my iPhone and be in the glorious outdoors before I return to another week of carpool, conference calls and traffic jams!” Fear no more. After a recent road trip, I discovered a truly unique outdoor experience that might just bridge the gap between city and nature for you and your travel companions.

Fly to Barcelona and give yourself four days to sightsee. Then head north. A 75-minute drive will land you in the protected forest of Guilleries. This is a spectacular area filled with massive chestnut trees, fantastic hiking trails, wildlife – and your accommodation. Now look up; did you ever imagine that (as an adult) you could sleep in real, eco-friendly tree house while on vacation?

You’ll arrive and park near a country house on the premises. Inside you can find the tree-house staff, a restaurant that makes traditional Catalan specialties, a lounge, a chill-out room, and a bathroom where sinks, toilets and showers are available to all tree-house adventurers. Outside you’ll see a swimming pool surrounded by forest that’s open in the summer months. During the winter months, the light snow on the trees makes for a pretty magical view to behold from inside your cozy, warm tree house.

Once the staff hands you a basket filled with a map, walky-talky and a head flashlight, it’s off through the woods to find home sweet home! After you locate your tree house, you’ll find that there’s only one entrance via a locked overhead latch. Climb up. Suitcases can be tied to a rope down on the ground level and easily pulled up to your terrace with the aid of a pulley.

Inside you’ll be astounded with the fact that your adorably decorated bedroom is in fact constructed in a living tree! The interior surprisingly makes for cozy and comfortable quarters, despite the fact that there is no electricity or running water inside. Inside all the tree houses (there are 10 in total) you’ll find a small dining area, a comfortable bed, a sink area stocked with water, and a toilet that is not bad considering you’re sleeping in a tree. Depending in which tree house you stay, many also have sofas and patio furniture for you to stretch out and enjoy the gorgeous views of the town of Vilanova de Sau, the Pyrenees mountain range, Matagalls Mountain in Montseny Natural Park and the Plain of Vic. Your tree house will be well stocked with tea light candles, and there’s even a heater if you have need of one.

Concerning meals, during check-in you’ll be asked to fill out a form indicating what you’d like for breakfast, which is then delivered the next morning in a basket and tied to the end of your tree house’s rope. All you have to do is pull it up using the aforementioned pulley! You also have the option to order your dinner & wine from the country house’s restaurant. It too can be delivered straight to your tree house. You can sip your morning coffee as you look out over the trees at distant mountains or dine under the stars. The experience is pretty amazing and can lead to the complete disconnection that many folks on vacation seek.

Inside and nearby the forest, you’ll find a great variety of activities available to you. Hike the forest’s fantastically scenic trails. Pick mushroom or chestnuts. The area is excellent for bird watching. You can rent bicycles directly on site. Those looking for something more unusual can try the nearby adventure course park where you can swing from the trees! In the winter season, this area is only about a 2-hour drive far from popular ski resorts, so it’s quite convenient to squeeze in a few days of skiing before or after sleeping in your tree house.

I would also recommend taking in some of the cultural and historical attractions in the area. The nearby town of Vic dates back to ancient times. It’s one of the most important cities in this region of Spain and definitely worth a visit. You’ll also be near the famed Costa Brava, whose beaches are truly breathtaking. Consider complementing your tree-house experience with a stay in Calella de Palafrugell. From there you can visit nearby Pals, Peratallada and Girona. Catalonia is truly a wonderful region to explore. Let your vacation give you the best possible combination of culture, history, gastronomy and nature. As Thoreau famously stated, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

Due to the very limited availability, for all tree house bookings please kindly contact Cabanes als Arbres directly at info@cabanesalsarbres.com.  Once you have secured your tree house reservation date with them, we would be more than happy to assist you with booking flights, car rentals, sightseeing tours, travel insurance or hotel accommodations in Barcelona.

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