Haunting images have revealed the inside of an abandoned hotel that has mysteriously been empty for 50 years.
The 22-story Añaza Hotel sits on the waterfront in the village of Los Pocitos, Tenerife, but has yet to have a single guest.
Construction was started in 1973 by a German company but was abandoned two years later before the Y-shaped building was completed.
What was intended as a holiday hotspot is now a 2,350 square meter skeleton by the sea.
At the entrance, the building is covered with dry vegetation and graffiti is the only splash of color on the walls.
Yellowed mattresses, broken glass bottles and barbecue ash cover the crumbling floors.
Stairs without railings lead to the 741 apartments.
Outside, an empty pool with a dusty bottom makes for an even spookier atmosphere.
Several accidents have reportedly occurred in the building, including the death of a man who was catching pigeons at the hotel.
Another person was seriously injured after falling two flights of stairs from a flight of stairs, local media reported.
Villagers claim there could be at least four more deaths, but authorities have neither confirmed nor registered.
In 2019, the Santa Cruz City Council declared that the ghost hotel had become a danger and ordered safety measures to be implemented immediately.
With no company names listed on the title deeds, the council was responsible for installing a four-meter security fence.
The following year, permits were obtained for the building to be demolished, and the possibility of government expropriation of the property for non-payment of council taxes was also considered.
In March 2021, the owners were ordered to either legalize the building or demolish it within two months – after which the government could demolish it.
It was expected to cost around £1million to demolish. local media reported.
A study was commissioned in June 2021 into the current condition of the building, including whether it contains asbestos and the general condition of the structure and its foundations, with plans to demolish it in 2023.
The Añaza isn’t the only abandoned hotel in Spain.
The so-called ghost hotel of Algarrobico has been half-completed for almost 20 years, just a few meters from the coast in the Cabo de Gata National Park.
Almeria is Spain’s third most popular region for British expats, receiving two million tourists each year – and those exploring the beautiful coastline may have stumbled upon the eerie structure.
It is 21 stories high and should have over 400 rooms with stunning sea views and swimming pools just a stone’s throw from the beach.
There are even three cranes still standing on the site – frozen in time since the day the workers last laid down their tools.
Work on the towering structure began in 2003 by Spanish company Azata.
What followed, however, was 20 years of wrangling with environmental activists and the National Parks Authority, which resulted in the hotel’s shell being abandoned – without having opened the door to holidaymakers.