The Vacation City That Refuses to Die

Perlora Ciudad de Vacaciones is collection of about 150 midcentury buildings on Spain’s northern coast. The resort was built under the authority of fascist dictator Francisco Franco, to provide a two-week holiday getaway for the working class. It opened in 1954. Although austere by modern standards, the hotel and cabins had electricity and plumbing, making them a luxurious upgrade for many Spaniards. Vacation City survived long past Franco’s regime, and was a beloved destination for families up until it closed in 2005.

People who have fond memories of Perlora Ciudad de Vacaciones still go there. Although the remaining buildings are locked, the area is open to the public by law, and in the summer you’ll find plenty of folks sitting in the yards of their old vacation homes, enjoying picnics or using the tennis courts. The resort is owned by the regional government, and they’d like to reopen it if someone with a proper plan can rehabilitate it. The proposals include everything from art workshops to retirement housing, but no project has made it to approval yet. Read about Perlora Ciudad de Vacaciones, its past, pressent, and future, at Atlas Obscura.

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