Holidays

Abandoned Places: Ghosts of Vacations Past

by Colleen Clark

Aquatic Paradis, Sitges, Spain

The only water that remains in Aquatic Paradis rests still and fetid, at the bottom of long-abandoned primary-colored children's slides. Today's guests are more likely to be skateboarders hanging out or graffitists tagging every decaying inch of collapsed concrete, cracked fiberglass, and splintered wood. Opened in the early 1990s just south of Barcelona, the park lasted two short seasons before financial troubles led to its closure. Now, day-trippers trespass to bathe in the eerie calm of this wasteland, where palms and ferns advance, choking the tubes and slides (enter at your own risk). And though the pools are all but empty, the air feels full with the spirit of a swimmer who is said to have met an untimely end in the waters of Paradis.

Aquatic Paradis
Sitges, Spain

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