Pueblo Fantasma de Abades
For people who love the mystique and a special atmosphere, Tenerife has something very special to offer.
In Abades are more specifically the remains of a leprosy site, 'Pueblo Fantasma de Abades' or also called 'Leprosy village'.
After a difficult ride through the dusty and bumpy roads, this curious place appears out of nowhere.
You will undoubtedly get a catchy impression at first glance at this unique location.
Shortly after the Spanish Civil War, people were terrified of leprosy, there was a genuine fear that this terrible disease would spread on the island.
Because of this, the Spanish government decided to centralize the people who had symptoms of Leprosy in this place.
In 1942 architect Enrique Marrero's plans were put into action and the site was completed.
When walking around in El Valle de leprosy one can notice a sanatorium, clinic, and Lazarus church in addition to the various smaller houses and barracks.
The great thing is that you can walk around freely on the site wherever you want for however long you want because it is nowhere indicated that it is freely accessible or not.
You can explore the buildings to your heart's content and admire the remarkable graffiti art that has been applied to enhance the atmosphere.
It is remarkable that the impressive complex was never put into use.
The reason for this is when construction was completed the disease that was once dreaded seemed to be contained.
Later the domain was used as a training field for the Spanish army.
Nevertheless, Lepradorp is a place that makes people think, everywhere there is a sense of mystery and a healthy tension.
This feeling is reinforced when one can take a look at a luxury new-build neighborhood of predominantly German immigrants from a viewpoint.
The contrast between the remarkable simplicity and austere constructions compared to the luxury further undoubtedly creates a mix of different emotions.
Leprosy Village is an alternative excursion that is definitely recommended.