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  • Day38

    Kupari Bay of Abandoned Hotels

    May 21, 2016 in Croatia

    On one of our evening runs up a local hill, we spotted a deserted bay. From the top, we could see at least 3 large hotels that had been clearly built to capitalise on this beautiful bay, but where were all the people? We found a disused path that was now overgrown with plants and ventured closer towards the building closest to the hill. From this path, we came close enough to peer into the rooms through the broken windows. There were no signs of the hotel being in service for a long time.

    Our curiosity piqued, we jogged to the bottom of the hill which opened up into a large space which probably served as foyers for the hotels. With the sun setting over the Adriatic Sea, we went back to our accommodation and did some research before exploring any further.

    Today, we returned after a day out in Dubrovnik Old Town to cool off in the quiet bay. There was still a road to these hotels, although it wouldn’t see much use these days. There were a few people on the pebbled beach, saved from throngs of tourists probably because it is only accessible by car, some distance away from Dubrovnik Old Town, and it’s little known. The water was refreshing and exactly what we needed after a full day on our feet. Although it was peaceful, it felt somewhat unnerving knowing that people were likely injured or even killed in these hotels during the Croatian War of Independence.

    Our research revealed that this abandoned bay was called Kupari and it was known to have one of the best beaches in the country. In the 1960s, Kupari was revamped to include a luxury holiday resort for the military elite of the Yugoslav People’s Army and their families. It was made up of 5 luxury hotels and, once their doors opened to tourists, became desirable as a European summer hotspot in the 1980s. The rich from around Europe visited each year right up until 1991, when the war broke out. Artillery was aimed at the hotels, blowing out windows, walls and roofs. In the years after the war, looting and plundering of valuable furniture and fittings were rife.

    What’s left today are mere shells of the hotels’ glorious past. Artillery damage on the hotel walls is still evident, a reminder of the time when hell visited this slice of paradise. One hotel in particular had an entire section of roof collapse into its second floor. Trees and climbers had taken root in some places, turning this once luxurious hotel into a literal concrete jungle. Some rooms still had carpet on its floors and wallpapers peeling off the walls. There were also inevitable signs of vagrant settlement in some areas, although no one was home when we walked through the hotels.

    The damage was clearly too much for any investor to commit to restoring the hotels to their former glory. It would be more economical to bowl the buildings over and start again. In the meantime, this little bay is safe from tourists for a little longer.
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  • Day38

    Hotel Goricina

    June 1 in Croatia

    Bevor wir nach Montenegro weiter fahren, machen wir auf einen Tip hin einen kurzen Stop bei einer Hotelruine. Hier überwuchert die Natur die im Jugoslawien Krieg zerstörten (Luxus-) Hotels. Überall sieht man noch die Einschusslöcher. Unglaublich, dass das erst 20, 25 Jahre her ist. Ein super Graffitispruch auf einer Mauer war 'War for freedom is like fucking for virginity'.

  • Day11

    Hotel Goricina

    March 25 in Croatia

    Nach kurzem Check der Broschüren, entschieden wir uns zunächst in die Altstadt zu gehen, welche nur 10 Minuten zu Fuss von unserem Apartment entfernt ist (und diesmal bergab!), und dort nach einem Taxi zu schauen. Unser Plan war es nach Kupari zu kommen, um uns dort einen weiteren Lost Place anzuschauen. Kupari ist knappe 15 Minuten von Dubrovnik entfernt. Und tatsächlich fanden wir einen super netten Taxifahrer, der uns hinbringt und nach einiger Zeit wieder abholt ohne Wartezeit zu berechnen. Perfekt!
    Dort angekommen trauten wir unseren Augen kaum. Das Hotel bestand aus 4 Gebäudekomplexen und dazwischen war noch die Präsidentenvilla von Tito (das erzählte uns der Taxifahrer alles).
    Die Hotelanlage etc. wurde im damaligen Krieg zerstört und genau so sah es dort auch aus. Überall Einschusslöcher, alles teilweise zerfallen. Es scheint aber allgemein ein Touristenanziehungspunkt zu sein, da dort einige Leute unterwegs waren. Nichtsdestotrotz gingen wir in die Gebäude und schauten uns alles bis zum Dach hin an. Wahnsinn! Das kann man kaum beschreiben, muss man einfach selbst gesehen haben. Echt beeindruckend und meiner Meinung nach der beste Lost Place bisher auf der Tour!
    Nach knapp 2 Stunden waren wir fertig und riefen den Taxifahrer wieder an, der uns umgehend abholte und wieder nach Dubrovnik brachte.
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