The Hollow Trunk, Bordeaux, France
Part of a series of seven artistic shelters surrounding the French city of Bordeaux, The Hollow Trunk is an oasis in the midst of urban sprawl. All seven shelters are best enjoyed as part of a weeklong hike through and around the city, spending each night camping in a different location. The seclusion they offer is in stark contrast to the historical cathedrals, palaces, and museums that populate the centuries-old city.
Designed to resemble a hollow tree, Le Tronc Creux at first resembles an abandoned piece of industrial equipment with spikes bristling from all sides. But once you step inside, you will find curvaceous walls pierced with portholes to provide light and six beds at various levels that are usually filled with other travelers like yourself who pre-booked their spot. There are no other amenities except a nearby toilet. But food is just a short walk away in town, and anything else you need is in your pack.
Getting there: Fly into Bordeaux and head to La Bouchle Vert (the green loop) trail that encircles the city by bus or taxi.
Rent now: The Hollow Tree