With records stretching back as far as 4th Century B.C., many places in Europe have recorded incidences with the paranormal. Some places, even to this day, still claim to encounter paranormal activities. Whether you are a believer in the paranormal or a complete sceptic, it can be fascinating to learn about these, not only spooky, but simply amazing stories.
venuesworld.com has compiled this list, provided by our local experts in different countries, in time for Halloween of our “Top 5 Spooktacular Destinations in Europe”. From the crypts of Edinburgh to the Catacombs of Paris, each of these destinations offers a number fascinating stories.
Many consider Edinburgh to be the most haunted city in Europe. With a long history of blood-thirsty monarchs, plagues and sorrow before you even mention political upheaval, it is easy to understand why Edinburgh is deserving of the title of the most haunted city in Europe. A number of ghost tours take place year-round in Edinburgh.
The Scots take Halloween very seriously. With a chill in the air, the people of Edinburgh take part in ancient traditions such as the Samhuinn Fire Festival or relatively new traditions such as “Condemned” in The Real Mary King’s Close. Edinburgh is the perfect historic destination to experience a “Spooktacular Destination” while being surrounded by a wealth of attractions, amazing venues and every convenience a modern city has to offer. Find out more about Edinburgh and Scotland here.
2. Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is a city steeped in a haunted history. From the ancient Celts to Viking invasions, to bloody rebellions, the city has seen it all through the years. It is rumoured to be full of ancient spirits, some of which are said to haunt visitors even to this day. Top hotels such as the Shelbourne Hotel have had recent ghost sightings with actress Lily Collins swearing to have been haunted by the ghost of a seven-year-old girl while staying in Dublin.At Halloween, the city is abuzz with activity.
The Irish take Halloween seriously, with many dressing as different macabre characters and various parties taking place across the city. Given that Halloween originated as the Celtic Tradition of Samhain, a pagan festival, it is no wonder the Irish do the festival rather well. There are various ghost tours that explore Dublin’s macabre past, but plenty more to do in this modern metropolitan conference city. Find out more about Dublin here.
3. Paris, France
Paris is more commonly known as the “City of Love”. Between the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum people are spoiled for choice with wonderfully romantic Parisian landmarks. Beneath the romantic exterior though lies one of Europe’s most haunted destinations. Within a stones through of some of Paris’s top venues lie the Père Lachaise Cemetery and the Paris Catacombs.
Visitors to Paris are both entranced and horrified by the city of love. The Père Lachaise Cemetery offers miles and miles of tombstones and when night falls offers an eerie atmosphere. Here you can discover the graves of Edith Piaf, Chopin and Oscar Wilde. Beneath these lie the Paris Catacombs which house the remains of millions of Parisians who were uprooted from their graves in the 17th century. With a wealth of history and much more to offer than this Paris is an intriguing and fascinating destination. Learn more about Paris here.
Traditionally Italians do not celebrate Halloween, with few of the inhabitants of the city dressing up for the occasion. This does not mean that the city is any less of a Spooktacular destination when compared to its Celtic cousins to the north. There are plenty of attractions right across the city for those in the Spooky Spirit. With a history stretching back to the Romans, the city offers so much to see and do both at Halloween and year-round.
Visitors can explore the Crypt of the Capuchin Monks, one of the top spooky crypts in Europe. Here you will find light fixtures made from spinal cords and floors made from femurs. For those looking for a less creepy and equally interesting attraction to explore they can head to the Santo Stefano Rotondo and see the 16th-century frescoes that depict some of the most grotesque frescoes that Charles Dickens ever saw. There is a lot that Rome has to offer. Discover more about Rome here.
5. Barcelona, Spain
The final spooktacular destination on our list is Barcelona, the capital of the Catalan region of Spain. Barcelona is a city full of secrets and mysteries, with legends and tales to be found in many corners of the city. All year round you can take tours through the small streets of the Catalan capital city, but at Halloween, this is a particularly Spooktacular destination.
In Barcelona, you will find streets that locals swear they see ghosts at certain times of the year, to historic Opera Houses that are reputedly built on the site of Middle-Age execution site and even fountains that are haunted by ghosts that scared people from gathering water at it. From the Plaça Del Comerç to the Casa Del Ave María (now known as the Palau Güell) Barcelona is full of the most amazing buildings and stunning surroundings that are full of stories of hauntings through the ages. To find out more about Barcelona, contact our team in Spain today.
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