Five famous abandoned resorts in the world
Popularity is a fickle thing. Tourist centers and famous resorts, like people, live and die. We will tell here about the five once popular, and today – the forgotten centers of tourism in different countries:
Hotel Grossinger, USA – Victim of Changeable Fashion
In 1919, one of the most popular ski resorts in the United States was founded not far from New York. Grossinger immediately became a haven for wealthy businessmen, show business and sports stars. The famous American boxer Rocky Marciano loved to rest here. Based on the memories of the noble guests of the hotel, it is believed that the script of the legendary film “Dirty Dancing” was written. Here rested 150 thousand rich guests a year. In the snowless winter of 1950, the vast territory of the resort, which housed 35 different buildings and even the airport, was covered with artificial snow.
But fashion is changeable, fashion has gone on to expensive resorts in the old style. The young generation of Americans began to attract exotic beaches in the tropics and ski resorts in Europe. In 1986, the Hotel Grossinger was closed. Fans of extreme tourism and simply looters who hunt for household items of the 60s sometimes come here.
Varosha, Northern Cyprus – all the fault of politics
In the middle of the twentieth century, the north-eastern coast of the island of Cyprus was one of the most fashionable resorts in Europe. Here rested Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, Richard Burton and other celebrities of that time.
But in 1974 a military conflict broke out between the Greeks and Turks inhabiting the island. The resort fell under the control of the Turkish armed forces, the Greeks were expelled from Varosha. The city and the entire resort area was surrounded by barbed wire and surrounded by roadblocks.
In such an abandoned state, Varosha remains to this day. Rare daredevils who managed to penetrate the city say that the stores of the local stores still store canned food, wine and clothes of the 70s.
Villa Epecuen, Argentina – so decided nature
The famous spa resort of Villa Epecuen (Villa Epecuén), located on the salt lakes near Buenos Aires, was not lucky. The resort has become popular due to the unique nature, because of its whims suffered. 5000 guests a year, world-class hotels, world stars coming for treatment – all this made it possible to compare Villa-Epecuen with the Dead Sea resorts. And everything collapsed when it started to rain. In the literal sense; almost continuous rain for ten years overflowed the lake, and salt water rushed to the resort.
After 2008, when the excesses of the elements ceased, the streets and buildings began to appear from the water, covered with an iris of salt crystals. This fantastic picture again attracts tourists, but, of course, not in the same number.
Kupari, Croatia – not survived the war
Kupari (Kupari), a resort town on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, became a survival victim in Yugoslavia. A huge hotel complex was built on its territory, the highest ranks of the Yugoslav army rested here, including the head of state – Marshal Josip Broz Tito.
In 1991, during armed clashes between Serbs and Croats, the city was repeatedly subjected to rocket attacks and looting by marauders. Kupari has not yet been restored.
San Antonio del Tekendama.
Until 1926, the villa of the President of the country El Hotel del Salto was located at the picturesque waterfall Tekendama in Colombia. Then it was converted into a fashionable hotel, with four floors above ground and two underground. There was no end of rich tourists, but in the 70s of the last century, the waterfall began to become polluted and dry up, and with it the flow of tourists. The luxury hotel was abandoned and since then has given shelter only to the homeless and marauders.
San Antonio del Tekendama, Colombia
But the story of El Hotel del Salto, oddly enough, did not end there. The former place of elite recreation began to attract … suicides. To a large extent, this contributed to the legend, according to which during the conquest of Colombia by the Spanish conquistadors there was a massive suicide of local Indians.
San Antonio del Tekendama, Colombia – destroyed by people
And nowadays, ruined businessmen, suffering from unrequited love of romance, and other categories of people with an unbalanced psyche have come here with the same purpose. The hotel began to be called the residence of ghosts. The Colombian government intends to restore the El Hotel del Salto in its former capacity.