Bay of Abandoned Hotels

I love abandoned places. To see a place get overwhelmed by time and nature has such a eerily beautiful effect. So when I found out about this place during my travels in Bosnia, I knew I had to go see it, and let me tell you folks, it was worth it. So, a bit of history, the Kupari resort started its life in 1919. The first hotel built was the Grand Hotel, on the beautiful stretch of  Zupa Bay. Later, during the 1960s, the Yugoslav higher ups decided that this was the perfect spot to send their army officers on vacation. Eventually, they built five more hotels, The Pelegrin, The Kupari Hotel, The Mladost Hotel, The Goričina I, and The Goričina II. 

 
It's easy to imagine that this used to be a prime holiday location, with the crystal clear waters and beautiful white sand beach. 

It's easy to imagine that this used to be a prime holiday location, with the crystal clear waters and beautiful white sand beach. 

Kupari became such a popular destination for high-ranking officers in the Yugoslav People’s Army. It was so popular that even President Josip Broz Tito had his own vacation home.

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The Kupari resort cost about half a billion euros to build, and the six hotels had enough for 1,600 guests. If you weren't somehow connected, it became almost impossible to get a reservation here. 

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In the end, the Kupari resort was destroyed during the Croatian War for Independence, when in 1991, the Yugoslav People’s Army had sent ships to capture Dubrovnik. They passed by Kupari, where Croatian fighters were taking shelter. The Yugoslav ships opened fire at Kupari on 4th October 1991, and laid siege to the resort for 20 straight days.