Inside spooky abandoned city left to rot on popular tourist island

It was a jewel in the crown of Canary Islands tourism when it welcomed millions, but the resort of Ten Bel in Tenerife is known now as the Spanish archipelago’s Chernobyl. The name Ten Bel is a combination of Tenerife and Belgium, which is where the resort’s founder hailed from.

Tiktoker @‌special_six took followers on a tour of the site in a recent clip posted on the video sharing platform, telling viewers: “It looks like we are in Chernobyl, but we are not. We are in the abandoned city of Ten Bel, on the capital island of Tenerife.

“It became the jewel in the crown of tourism in the Canaries. Everything was going well, Ten Bel received millions of tourists, the praise of all Canarians, but everything changed in 2002 when the owner died.”

He pointed to a failure to adapt the resort to changing tourist tastes at the beginning of this century for Ten Bel’s current state.

Built in the 1960s, the complex is made up of more than 2,000 apartments in the Alborada, Bella Vista, Drago, Eureka, Frontera, Géminis, Maravillas and Primavera complexes.

Read more… Fans gush over Princess Charlotte’s mature reaction to Louis hitting her head[LATEST]

We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info

It was home to the region’s first shopping centre and included a chemist’s, post office, bank and shops across its sprawling 80,000 square metres.

Ten Bel was the brainchild of Belgian businessman Michel Albert Huygens, who built the landmark complex in the south of the island in 1963.

When opened, it drew tourists from Britain, Germany, Belgium, France, Holland and Scandinavia as well as holidaymakers from Tenerife itself.

According to recent reports, Ten Bel is now home to about 4,000 people and a neighbourhood of Costa del Silencio.

After the resort was sold, its apartments were sold off with the upkeep of the communal areas falling to the new owners and communities.

But when some defaulted on their home payments, squatters moved in, essential services such as water were temporarily cut off and the place fell into disrepair.

Now time appears to have stopped at the once bustling tourism hotspot with its fallen trees, exposed masonry and littered, broken streets.

Though there is still a glimmer of hope.

Don’t miss…
Kate and William’s Windsor move would prove ‘a headache’ for King Charles[REVEALED]
Zelensky invites Sunak to Ukraine as PM jokes his summer holiday is sorted[LATEST]
UK’s most expensive seaside town named where average home costs an insane £2m[REPORT]

According to news website, Canarian Weekly, one of the resort’s most iconic apartment complexes, the Alborada, is undergoIng a £13million (€15m) revamp.

A US fund with offices in New York and Miami bought 282 of the apartments at the complex with the remaining 196 apartments still owned privately.

María Correa, the company’s director, told the same publication: “We are a very dynamic group, with many lines of business and we are always looking for opportunities that benefit, not only our companies, but also the community.”

Project manager Javier Álvarez said the apartments will benefit from a change of image with plumbing and electrical systems replaced.

Ms Correa said: “This is a property that has immense potential and that is why we are putting all our efforts into it with one goal: for Alborada to recover its splendour and return to being a place that everyone wants to come to on holiday.

“The pool will be the jewel in the crown for the complex as it is the largest seawater pool in Europe.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

Source: Read Full Article