Zipping Across Europe
Windows down, feet on the gas, eyes on the beautifully-changing topography. And any trip worth its Mediterranean sea salt includes a stop at this livable sculpture in the Castellon Hills. Raw, unvarnished and invoking the awe of nature, expect a heart tug of emotion while here.
While cruising the Amalfi coast, plan to build in some time on the island of Capri. Leave the car, hop on a ferry or boat, and stay in this former fisherman's house dating back to the 19th century that keeps you close to the town, coves and ancient Roman ruins.
This sophisticated update of an ancient monastery sets its massive stone walls against the glorious backdrop of rolling hills, plum orchards and vineyards. Come off the road for a cool glass of Sauvignon blanc in the cobbled courtyard, and recharge your batteries for the journey ahead.
Another idyllic spot to decelerate for a spell is this contemporary home perched above the village of Aiguebelle. It's ideally situated for exploring the hills and vineyards of Provence, on a stretch of the French Riviera known for its beaches and flowers - especially those of the light purple persuasion.
When in Catalonia, head to the Garrotxa region known for its stunning volcanic formation and medieval towns like Figueres (home of Salvador Dali). Stone Manor sits at the foot of the Pyrenees overlooking the famous valley, with vast terraced grounds and gardens that blend right into the area's lush beauty.
A simple farm structure seemingly straight out of an Alex Katz painting, this home embodies traditional Alentejo style. Built of mud and stones, it's a relaxing retreat where you can forget the speed limit and sync to the pace of the soil, sky and trees.
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