The grand colonial architecture of Grand-Bassam stems from its tenure as the French capital of Côte d’Ivoire. The French colonial government abandoned the city in 1896, and Grand-Bassam’s commercial dealings diminished from that point onwards. By 1960 – the same year Côte d’Ivoire gained independence from France – Grand-Bassam was all but a ghost town and has remained that way, despite a recent surge in tourism.
For one week, every Christmas, London dramatically empties. With lots of city-dwellers heading to visit family, the festive period is the perfect time for anyone left in the city to treat it like a personal playground. Here are some favourite locations looking like a spectacular ghost town