By Josh Saunders
Eerie footage captures the ‘bay of abandoned resorts’ where derelict rundown hotels meet scenic views.
Once known as one of the pearls of the Adriatic Sea, this former-luxury waterfront complex is now unrecognisable, a mere skeleton of its former self.
Kupari resort in Croatia, was popular among the military elite until 1991 when the war of independence broke-out as the country divorced itself from Yugoslavia.
During the conflict, the Yugoslavian army shelled and later burned down the hotels that used to house up to 1,600 guests and had a campsite capable of accommodating 4,500 more.
After more than two decades abandoned, the remains are now a skeleton of its former idyllic beauty says urban explorer Bob Thissen.
Bob, 36, from Heerlen, The Netherlands, said: “It looks like paradise in ruins, you don’t expect a beautiful bay at the beach with resorts to become a warzone.
“You can still clearly see the traces of war, bullet holes and garnet deposits are everywhere, it could be a perfect scene in Call of Duty.
“The bay became abandoned during the war in 1991, since then it has had to deal with theft and vandalism, the sites are just empty shells.
“The location at the beach and the scenery is what makes it such a special location, the beaches around that area are the best in the country.
“The grand hotel, built in 1910, still has some great details like a hall with a staircase and pillars.
“While the other hotels were just concrete shells, the exterior from the grand hotel still had some details left, it’s the only protected building.
“What I liked the most was the overview of the bay where you can see all those giant abandoned structures in the beautiful setting.”
After 20 days of being shelled by the Yugoslavian Army, it is claimed the site was looted of all valuable furniture, materials and anything salvageable before being burned floor by floor.
Later the area would become Croatia and other parts of Yugoslavia would divide into Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.
According to the Dubrovnik Times, the Kupari site is rumoured to be closing for renovation in the near future – Bob advises, anyone who wants to visit should do while they can.
Bob said: “It was quite funny to see because we expected an empty, off-limit area, instead the bay was full of locals having a day out and we simply could park the car in the hotel bay.
“The atmosphere was relaxed, we spent the afternoon on the beach and explored in the afternoon and morning.
“There are no fences or forbidden signs and you can simply walk inside the abandoned hotels, such things aren’t possible in Western Europe.
“We weren’t the only curious people, families with kids were also strolling around the abandoned buildings.
“If you would like to see it yourself, it’s possible, it’s really easy to explore here, you don’t have to climb fences and you aren’t doing something illegal.
“I think it’s a sad sight for most people, but it’s funny the locals don’t seem too bothered and use the location.”
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