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Beautiful travel destinations that fell into oblivion

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Beautiful travel destinations that fell into oblivion

             Abandoned hotels, decaying buildings, deserted streets and the nature reclaiming the city. It’s hard to imagine that actors, aristocrats and moguls from all around the world used to come here to spend their vacation and calm down. And when you see pictures from those days, it’s even harder to believe that people stopped going there.

TEXT by Philipp

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Beautiful travel destinations that fell into oblivion



             Abandoned hotels, decaying buildings, deserted streets and the nature reclaiming the city. It’s hard to imagine that actors, aristocrats and moguls from all around the world used to come here to spend their vacation and calm down. And when you see pictures from those days, it’s even harder to believe that people stopped going there.

TEXT by Philipp




Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut – once called the Paris of the Middle East – used to be one of the most popular cities located at the Mediterranean Sea. Rich western visitors came to Beirut and loved the great combination of Mediterranean and oriental culture. Lebanon was a melting pot and had many iconic hotels and attractions. But the Lebanese Civil War hit Beirut hard as it was the front line that went right through the centre of Beirut and brought a lot of violence and devastation. Since the early 2000s tourism has increased again but Beirut is far away from the status it had in the midcentury.

Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut – once called the Paris of the Middle East – used to be one of the most popular cities located at the Mediterranean Sea. Rich western visitors came to Beirut and loved the great combination of Mediterranean and oriental culture. Lebanon was a melting pot and had many iconic hotels and attractions. But the Lebanese Civil War hit Beirut hard as it was the front line that went right through the centre of Beirut and brought a lot of violence and devastation. Since the early 2000s tourism has increased again but Beirut is far away from the status it had in the midcentury.



Acapulco, Mexico

Today people get their travel inspiration from influencers on Instagram – and so did the people 100 years ago. Sure, there was no Instagram, but there were influencers. One of them was the Prince of Wales (and future King Edward VIII, Elizabeth’s uncle). He visited Acapulco in 1920 and recommended it to his friends in Europe – and they followed him to this beautiful place on the Pacific Coast. Hotels like El Mirador or Los Flamingos were built and Hollywood actors like Johnny Weissmuller, John Wayne and Clark Gable spent their holiday in Acapulco. But then there came drugs and with drugs there came violence. Today Acapulco is one of the most violent cities in the world and so the jet set has moved to other places.

Acapulco, Mexico

Today people get their travel inspiration from influencers on Instagram – and so did the people 100 years ago. Sure, there was no Instagram, but there were influencers. One of them was the Prince of Wales (and future King Edward VIII, Elizabeth’s uncle). He visited Acapulco in 1920 and recommended it to his friends in Europe – and they followed him to this beautiful place on the Pacific Coast. Hotels like El Mirador or Los Flamingos were built and Hollywood actors like Johnny Weissmuller, John Wayne and Clark Gable spent their holiday in Acapulco. But then there came drugs and with drugs there came violence. Today Acapulco is one of the most violent cities in the world and so the jet set has moved to other places.



Plymouth, Montserrat

Located in the Caribbean Sea, Montserrat is British Overseas Territory and therefore popular among the British people – or those who can afford a trip or even a house there. One of them was George Martin, British record producer and known as the “fifth Beatle” because he worked with them on every album. In 1979, George Martin built a recording studio in Montserrat’s capital Plymouth and hosted musicians such as Paul McCartney, The Police and Dire Straits, who recorded “Money for Nothing” on that little island. Tourism in Montserrat ended in the 1990s, when the Soufrière Hills volcano destroyed big parts of the island and the capital, which is now a ghost town.

Plymouth, Montserrat

Located in the Caribbean Sea, Montserrat is British Overseas Territory and therefore popular among the British people – or those who can afford a trip or even a house there. One of them was George Martin, British record producer and known as the “fifth Beatle” because he worked with them on every album. In 1979, George Martin built a recording studio in Montserrat’s capital Plymouth and hosted musicians such as Paul McCartney, The Police and Dire Straits, who recorded “Money for Nothing” on that little island. Tourism in Montserrat ended in the 1990s, when the Soufrière Hills volcano destroyed big parts of the island and the capital, which is now a ghost town.



Varosha, Cyprus

Varosha used to be the touristic quarter of Famagusta, one of the main Cypriote cities and it seems to share its story with Beirut. In the early 1970s Varosha was one of the most popular travel destinations of the world. Stars such as Richard Burton and Liz Taylor or Brigitte Bardot enjoyed the French-Rivera-feeling with huge hotels, bars and theatres, until the Turkish army invaded the island in 1975 and made Varosha a restricted area. The huge hotels are decaying and nature seems to reclaim this city.

Varosha, Cyprus

Varosha used to be the touristic quarter of Famagusta, one of the main Cypriote cities and it seems to share its story with Beirut. In the early 1970s Varosha was one of the most popular travel destinations of the world. Stars such as Richard Burton and Liz Taylor or Brigitte Bardot enjoyed the French-Rivera-feeling with huge hotels, bars and theatres, until the Turkish army invaded the island in 1975 and made Varosha a restricted area. The huge hotels are decaying and nature seems to reclaim this city.



Marbella, Spain

I know, Marbella is still a hotspot for tourists, but let’s be honest, it is no longer the top jet set destination as it was in the 1960s and 1970s! Marbella was just a little village when Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, son of a well-known German aristocrat, opened up the famous Marbella Club Hotel and invited his friends. Soon the European aristocracy, such as Prince Rainer of Monaco with Grace Kelly, the financial aristocracy with Aristoteles Onassis or Guy de Rothschild and famous actors like James Steward and Cary Grant found their way to Marbella.

Marbella, Spain

I know, Marbella is still a hotspot for tourists, but let’s be honest, it is no longer the top jet set destination as it was in the 1960s and 1970s! Marbella was just a little village when Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe, son of a well-known German aristocrat, opened up the famous Marbella Club Hotel and invited his friends. Soon the European aristocracy, such as Prince Rainer of Monaco with Grace Kelly, the financial aristocracy with Aristoteles Onassis or Guy de Rothschild and famous actors like James Steward and Cary Grant found their way to Marbella.