Hotel Pelegrin 🇭🇷 – the bay of Kupari, Croatia’s hotel graveyard

The bay of Kupari is the complex of former hotels in Kupari, Croatia, that has been neglected for some twenty years now. There are seven hotels in the complex – Hotel Grand, Goričina I, Goričina II, Kupari, Pelegrin, Mladost and Galeb – and all of them are empty shells, decaying with the passing of time.

The first hotel I explored was Hotel Peligrin, built in 1963, which could accomodate 491 guests. At its height, the resort’s hotels could accommodate a total of of 2,000 guests!

Hotel Grand was built here already in 1919, by the entrepreneurs from Czechoslovakia who had a factory nearby. They’ve realized how big touristic potential this area had and therefore decided to build the hotel here.

Next hotels in the luxury complex appeared in the Kupari Bay in the 60’s, dedicated to the officers of the Yugoslav People’s Army and their families as well as the national officials of Yugoslavia. Even the country’s leader, Josip Broz Tito, had his private villa here.

During the Balkan War in the 1990s, the complex of Kupari hotels was badly destroyed. First, it was attacked from the sea and afterward taken over by the Serbian Army. Even though the hotels were already in a poor state after the war, the Croatian army still used it.

Eventually, at the beginning of the 2000’s, the complex was abandoned for good, plundered and left to crumble and rot.