14 Ghost Towns Around The World That You Didn’t Know Existed

So, as it turns out, there’s actually hundreds of ghost towns dotted around the globe.

From UK shores to remote parts of the African deserts, it seems us humans are really good at upping and leaving our settlements.

So we’ve rounded up the weirdest ghost towns around the world…

1. Capel Celyn, Wales

If you’re old enough to remember Capel Celyn, you’ll know that it was a village purposely flooded in 1965 to help develop a reservoir. Among the things lost in the flood included a chapel, school, post office and 12 houses and farms – it was widely controversial, not just because it meant many lost their homes, but because it was one of the last Welsh-speaking settlements.

A8RB57 Tryweryn Valley land flooded to form Llyn Celyn Reservoir near Bala GwyneddCapel Celyn was one of the last Welsh-speaking communities (Picture: Getty Images)

2. Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast

It was the French colonial capital during the 19th century until a heavy bout of yellow fever hit the city. For years it has been inhabited only by squatters, as companies moved their businesses elsewhere following the outbreak.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY CHRISTOPHE KOFFI This picture taken on May 17, 2012 shows an old building in Grand-Bassam, a historical town, 40 km east of Abidjan, threatened by coastal erosion and willing to join the UNESCO World Heritage List.  AFP PHOTO / ISSOUF SANOGO        (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/GettyImages)Grand Bassam boasted  beautiful buildings in the 19th century (Picture: AFP/Getty)

3. Grytviken, South Georgia

This British settlement looks like it could be anywhere, but in fact this little unused town is just east of the Falkland Islands – the most southern territory in the world. Now it serves as a tourist stop for travellers on cruises around Antarctica, while its original purpose was as a whaling station.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mint Images/REX (3588015a).. Whale catcher boats sunk at the moorings at Grytviken, South Georgia Island.. VARIOUS.. ..Abandoned boats moored in South Georgia (Picture: Mint Images/REX, Flickr / AahYeah)

4. Agdam, Azerbaijan

During a war in 1993, the entire population of Agdam was forced to flee eastwards – the enemy then destroyed much of the remaining town. One of the only remaining pieces from the ghost town is the mosque, which, although damaged, it still mostly in one piece.

14 (seriously spooky) ghost towns you didn't know about(Picture: Flickr / Maxence Peniguet, Flickr / TheOnlyMikey)

5. Varosha, Cyprus

Varosha is part of the Cypriot city of Famagusta, which, during the 70s, was one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations – welcoming celebrity guests such as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. During the Turkish invasion in 1974, all its inhabitants were forced to flee and nobody has ever returned since.

(FILES) A picture taken on May 5, 2003 shows a general view of Famagusta's coast with the deserted hotels of the fenced-off touristic area of Varosha appearing in the background in the Turkish-occupied north of Cyprus. Anorthosis Famagusta fans are to hold up 2,000 coloured cards before their Champions League match against Werder Bremen on November 26, 2008 to highlight the demise of their 'ghost town.' The refugee team hails from Famagusta, which lies in Turkish-held northern Cyprus and where the town's once-popular golden beach resort of Varosha remains fenced off in a UN-protected area. AFP PHOTO/LAURA BOUSHNAK (Photo credit should read LAURA BOUSHNAK/AFP/Getty Images)Varosha used to be one of the most popular seaside destinations (Picture: Flickr / Siekutera, AFP/Getty)

6. Pyramiden, Russia

This coal-mining community based on an island just off of Norway was originally owned by Sweden but later sold to the Soviet Union. In 1998 the 1,000 residents quickly fled, leaving much of the settlement exactly as it was – which, judging by this picture, makes it feel even creepier.

14 (seriously spooky) ghost towns you didn't know aboutPyramidens facilities still look exactly the same(Picture: Getty, Wikimedia / Bjoertvedt)

7. Chaiten, Chile

The town was evacuated in 2008, when, after 9,000 years dormant, the volcano on which the town is situated erupted. As a result, the local river burst its banks and even now, six years on, the extent of the damage is unknown – much of the population relocated to other nearby settlements.

14 (seriously spooky) ghost towns you didn't know aboutChaiten was almost entirely destroyed (Picture: AFP/Getty Images, Flickr / Javier Rubilar)

8. Spinalonga, Crete

Originally Spinalonga was not an island, it was attached to nearby Crete. During Venetian rule in the 16th century, the island was carved out and used for defense purposes. During the 1900s it was used as a leper colony, and was one of the final colonies to close – its last inhabitant departed in 1965. Now it’s a must-see for tourists visiting Crete.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Gavin Rodgers/REX (788247l).. Houses where lepers lives. Large building is hospital where some were eventually treated on the island. Spinalonga Island, Crete, Greece.. Spinalonga Island, Crete, Greece - Jul 2008.. Setting for Victoria Hislop's million selling novel 'The Island'. Richard and Judy Book of the year, 2007. Victoria Hislop wife of Ian Hislop, comedian...Spinalonga was a famous leper colony (Picture: Gavin Rodgers/Rex, Wikimedia / Charlie Phillips)

9. Oradour sur Glane, France

The entire population of this French village was wiped out in 1944 by the German SS. Although a new village has been built, it has been kept as a preservation site in memory of the 642 men, women and children massacred during the war.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Bagnall/REX (1894313by).. Oradour sur Glane the village in France where over 600 men women and children were killed by the Nazis in June 1944.. Various.. ..Almost the entire population of this French village was killed by the Nazis (Picture: David Bagnall/REX)

10. Sesena, Spain

Located 35km south of Madrid, this town had plans for a huge development in the middle of the Spanish property boom, with an array of high rise blocks and holiday properties built, but never completed. To this day the buildings still stand, completely derelict and unsold, rendering the huge estate a ghost town.

SESENA, SPAIN - JULY 06:  An unused swimming pool in front of a large-scale residential development which stands entirely unoccupied on July 6, 2012 in Sesena, Spain. Sesena¿s extensive building projects, 35 km south of Madrid, were initially intended to house 30,000 people and triple the population of the town, however most apartments still remain empty. Despite having the fourth largest economy in the Eurozone, the economic situation in Spain remains troubled with their unemployment rate the highest of any Eurozone country. Spain is currently administering billions of euros of spending cuts and tax increases in a bid to manage its national debt. Spain also has access to loans of up to 100 billion euros from the European Financial Stability Facility which will be used to rescue the country's banks that have been badly affected by a crash in property prices.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)This looks like any holiday complex, except it’s completely empty (Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty)

11. Plymouth, West Indies

Based on Montserrat, a British territory in the Caribbean, Plymouth was buried under ash and mud in 1995 when Soufrière Hills volcano erupted for the first time in hundreds of years. Half the population fled the island, with more leaving following further eruptions that occurred during the 1990s. Due to the disaster, all inhabitants were granted occupancy in the UK if they wished to migrate.

RImage    PLYMOUTH, MONTSERRAT - FEBRUARY 2005:   Plymouth's, the island's capital, destroyed Government HQs. 10 years ago the Soufriere-Hills Volcano erupted and destroyed large parts of the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Most islanders moved away. Only 4500 people stayed on the edges of the wasteland, which once was their home. They brave the misery and forge plans for the future. (Photo by Christopher Pillitz/Exclusive by Getty Images)Montserrat suffered heavily from a volcanic eruption (Picture: Christopher Pillitz/Getty)

12. Villa Epecuen, Argentina

During the mid 1900s the village became a tourist hotspot, thanks to its ‘healing waters’ and transport links to Buenos Aires. Following a freak weather pattern, the local damn and dike broke, both of which had protected the village against water levels. The settlement was quickly rendered inhabitable, as water rose by 10 metres at points, and all residents quickly fled.

Villa Epecuén was a tourist village that was located in the Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. Now abandoned, its ruins are found on the eastern shore of the Laguna Epecuén, about 7 kilometres north of the city of Carhué.Villa Epecuén was a tourist village that was located in the Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. (Picture: Wikimedia / Santiago Matamoro/ Wikimedia / Fjturban

13. Argentiera, Italy

A former mining town based in Sardinia, Argentiera dates back as far as the Romans, and was named after the Italian word for silver. After a rich period in the 1940s, the mine quickly went downhill and was closed in 1963 – leaving much of the settlement uninhabited.

Argentiera is a ghost town and a frazione in the comune of Sassari, in Sardinia, Italy. It is located 43 km from Sassari, in a narrow valley, on the coast of the Sardinian Sea.Argentiera is a spooky ghost town in Sardinia (Picture: File)

14. Pompeii, Italy

No ghost town list is complete without the infamous Pompeii. When the city was destroyed more than 2,000 years ago, it had more than 20,000 inhabitants – making it one of the largest in the area. Pompeii and many of the surrounding communes were coated in six metres of ash and pumice after Mount Vesuvius erupted.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Fraser/REX (533209a).. The petrified bodies of some of the town's victims at the Pompeii ruins, Italy.. ITALY - JULY 2005.. ..The ruins of Pompeii attract tourists every year (Picture: James Fraser/Rex)

*Walks into the middle of London Victoria station at rush hour to feel close to people and civilization*