Abandoned Hotel and natural rock pools

By Alice
Expedition: Expedition Canarias I
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We went from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote by ferry, and because we arrived late in the afternoon I was looking up a place to camp near the harbour in Playa Blanca. I found an interesting structure on the sattelite map and after some research it turned out to be an abandoned hotel from the 70s that was never finished.

Over a dirt track we arrived there and after putting our van in a good camp spot, we went into the building. It had been occupied by squatters some time ago, who left furniture, matresses, makeshift doors and windows, everything covered by a thick layer of fine yellow desert dust. The place has a very eerie atmosphere, with gigantic dimensions, collapsed parts, and even traces of satanic rituals. A real gem for urbex fans!

After leaving the building we explored the beautiful rock coast, which is a surreal contrast to the decay and destruction right next to it. It’s a bit of a climb down to the water, and even though the sun was already setting, we had a look at all the little pools and platforms and lagoons. The weather forecast said there was rain and storm coming up, but I was really hoping that the weather would be good enough the next day, because I wanted to swim and dive here!

I was lucky with the weather and the tides, so the first thing we did after waking up was climbing down to the pools, me with my diving mask and Zor with his cameras. It was incredibly beautiful to snorkel in the clear water and Zor was pointing out crabs and other animals to me. I could have stayed there for hours, but we had to leave the place running when it started to rain heavily. Luckily we could check into an Airbnb right after this, and we arrived there completely soaked, freezing and full of mud, and never more grateful for a hot shower!

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