In the bay of Cala d'en Serra, in the north of Ibiza, lies one of the hidden gems of the Balearic islands: an abandoned hotel complex designed by the acclaimed Spanish architect Josep Lluis Sert. The hotel was started in 1969, but never finished because Spain's fascist government prevented Sert from being accredited as an architect in the region. The idea was to continue the project after the turmoil was over. Unfortunately, Josep Lluis Sert died of lung cancer before anything could be done. In the year 2000 plans were drawn up to finish the complex in the style intended by Josep Lluis Sert and to turn it into a thalassotherapy centre. These plans were abandoned due to the world banking crisis.
The unfinished hotel has an eerie urbex feel that juxtaposes wonderfully with the turquoise sea. As you'll see from the photos, it offers a magnificent view of the bay and the surrounding pine woodland. I visited the site last month and it was definitely my favorite part of Ibiza.
It's easy to find. Just descend the dirt road towards the bay Cala d'en Serra (preferably by foot to avoid damaging your car). It's close to other well-known bays such as Portinatx, Cala des Xuclar, S'illot des Rencí, Cala Xarraca and Benirràs, so you can easily combine a visit of the abandoned hotel with other activities.
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