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Report - White Rocks complex and others, Malta

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by mappur, Feb 2, 2007.

  1. mappur

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    Been over to Malta a couple of times and heard many rumours and legends of catacombs etc. To be honest I've not found a great deal of that going on, but I did find these... Hard not to really as the first one is alongside the main road on the north western tip of Malta.

    It's a sprawling oceanside complex of maybe 400-500 holiday apartments and rooms. Built on rock, they're divided into blocks of maybe ten or so rooms, some with garage blocks attached too. The whole lot has been architecturally stripped, which is a shame, plus the Maltese use it as a dumping ground due to the road system that runs throughout...

    The main reception building is quite cool with an abandoned pool and the usual areas. From what little information I can find out about the place, I think it used to be an English military holiday camp or somesuch... It's bizarre really, because it looks to be in a pretty prime location with easy access. Anybody know 'owt?

    Anyway, here's some pics. Only had about 15mins there, so sorry for the poor quality pics. Hope you like...

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    Also found this huge unfinished hotel, but the picture was taken through a wire fence, and once again time meant this is all I got.

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    This was taken leaning over a high gate into a theme park on the north side. Looked like a great place, but yeah you guessed it... Keep on moving. So sorry there's not a great deal of exploration going on. :eek:

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  2. oxx

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    I have been lurking for a while but talk of Malta has brought me out of the shadows.

    White Rocks was a holiday village for Brits but prior to being left to the elements it was a holiday camp for Chinese tourists and, rumour has it, for North Korean VIPs.
    Before hosting tourists it was married quarters for the British Armed Forces.

    The British left many military buildings upon withdrawal in 1979, most of them are still standing. I can remember exploring the recently abandoned barrack houses in St. Andrews when I was 6. Most of these buildings remained empty for years and were gradually looted of everything of value before being turned into mass housing, offices, hotels or holiday villages.

    Pics below are of the cinema in St. Andrews built by the Australian Red Cross in 1915. The pics were taken in 2001 before it was secured. It belongs to one of the political parties now and is disintegrating rapidly.

    The half built hotel is the Excelsior in Floriana, it's been like that for years and I believe that another opening date has just passed. Never heard that it's not been completed because of dodgy material, just dodgy money...

    There is an abandoned holiday village on the hill between Ghaidera (Mellieha beach) and the Gozo Ferry. I understand it was abandoned for "political" reasons. Other hotels and complexes have been built without permission and yet have been regularised. I am going to have to go and have a look but I am sure the local hamalli will have trashed it. There are quite a few abandoned hotels in Malta these days...

    On another note, there is renewed interest in the many stories of secret tunnels in Malta given all the development going on there. http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=45364

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