5 unusual art destinations to visit in Spain

Forget about stuffy art galleries and see art in the open air and other fascinating locations.


Spain has many art galleries, especially in the larger cities like Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga.

There are also less usual places [VIDEO]to see the work of Spanish artists, including a fascinating painted forest, a walking route [VIDEO] lined with carved faces, the strange, dystopian creation of a German artist, sculptures standing in a haunted forest and bizarre skull sculptures on a private farm.


The Painted Forest of Oma - Kortezubi, Basque Country, Spain

The Painted Forest of Oma is the creation of Basque painter and sculptor Agustin Ibarrola and is nestled in the Valley of Oma, close to Kortezubi in Basque Country, Spain. Ibarrola created this magical, colourful space in the 1980s as an open-air art installation. This is not just colourful daubs of paint – as you move through the forest, you discover that the paintings on the trees line up and become animals and geometric forms or people.


Ruta de las Caras (Route of the Faces) - Buendia, Cuenta, Spain

The Ruta de las Caras is an open-air sculpture gallery, set on the banks of a lake in Buendia, Spain. There are 18 sculptures and bas-reliefs, all carved into the sandstone rock. Several artists created the sculpture over a number of years and they measure anything from one foot to 8 feet in height. It makes for a lovely walk in the fresh air, surrounded by forests and views.


Vostell Malpartida Museum - Calle los Barruecos, s/n, Cáceres, Spain

Wolf Vostell is a German artist who in 1974 visited Los Barruecos in Cáceres, Spain. He found an 18th century wool washing house and turned it into a fascinating art museum. A member of the Fluxus art movement, he created a wonderful, dystopian scene, using cars, plates, pianos, multiple computer monitors and Russian aircraft. The Fluxus movement aims to “purge the world of dead art” and that certainly applies here.


The Magical Forest of Òrrius - Vilanova de la Roca, Òrrius, Catalunya, Spain

Close to Barcelona, Òrrius has a strange forest close to town. Many believe it is haunted and for this reason, some local artists sculpted strange carvings from the rock, some similar to those on Easter Island, and others which resemble monsters, goblins and elephants. The video takes you on a journey into the forest, with the strange rock carvings shown towards the end.


El Parque de los Desvelados (Park of the Sleepless) - Estella, Navarra, Spain

On a farm close to Estella in Spain, artist Luis Garcia Vidal created a series of sculptures between the 1970s and 2009 when he died. Most resemble huge skulls, others strange creatures, all created from plaster, wire and paint, but there are also artistic creations made from scrapped cars throughout the park. Visit the park shown in the video below, along with the videographer's dogs!

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