The image shows a abandoned haunted house. We can see some stairs leading to the upper floor. In the middle the ir a window with broken glass, leading to a garden. On the right there is a door opening from where light comes from. The walls are painted with graffiti and the place is spooky. It looks abandoned and not clean. In the center of the image the is a title text saying "Spooky Places in Portugal: Legends and Myths" text in white and in the bottom centre the is the logo of ESN Portugal in white.

Portugal has fantastic places to discover, and some of them are ready to give you a good scare or a jittery night. In this article, we promise to tell you a bit about the dark and mythic side of the country. Do you dare to find more about these mysterious destinations?! Buckle up, then!


North of Portugal

1. Hotel Teatro, Porto

The 19th-century tragedy that took place there, in the old Baquet theatre, seems to remain, at least in spirit. More than one hundred people died in a fire, so now you can hear dressing rooms’ doors opening and closing on their own, and some other weird sounds. At least, that is what is said today….

Spooky Place from Portugal - The image is a sepia illustration of the main façade of teatro baque in Porto. There is a flag on top of the building and four statues, two on each side of the flag. There are two extra buildings, one on each side of the theatre. There are three people walking on the street.

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2. Palácio Marques Gomes, Gaia

The Marques Gomes Palace is famous because people that pass by hear voices that say: “Go away, get out of here!”. At the beginning of the century, several paranormal researchers have registered that phrase! But the authenticity of the event remains a mystery…

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3. Capela Senhor da Pedra, Gaia

This chapel also deserves a mention, since it is known by all the inhabitants that its backside is the stage for witchcraft and sorcery… It is believed that the chapel initially received pagan cults from pre-Christian people, and is the only church facing away from the sea, emanating a unique light at the beginning of the morning and at the end of the afternoon with the sunset. It’s worth the visit, especially because it’s located at the beach!

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4. Sanatório de Mont’Alto, Valongo

One of the most striking sites in the country is an old and abandoned sanatorium built in 1910, in Serra de Valongo. This place hosted hundreds of tuberculosis patients, with stories of neglect and mistreatment. Therefore, it is not a surprise that people talk about ghosts and crazy sounds coming from inside… And we promise you, at night it really sends a chill down your spine! Beware…

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Center of Portugal


5. Castelinho, São João do Estoril

In São João do Estoril, Castelinho has a chilling history. Years ago, a blind girl who lived there fell off the cliff and died. The girl's ghost, it is said, has kept potential buyers away from Castelinho…

The picture shows a spooky place in Portugal. This one is a small castle in the coast of Estoril. On the left we see the building on the left speared by the sea through a sidewalk and rocks. The weather is a clear sky with a lot of sunlight.



6. Termas de Água Radio, Guarda

High levels of radio were the reason that led to the death of several people from poisoning at the Radium Water Spa, now haunted by these angry souls. At least, the legend says…

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7. Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Seiça, Figueira da Foz

The Monastery was built in 1175 and, when the black plague appeared, the convent did not escape death… In 2 months, around 150 religious people died. The legend says that even today the site is haunted ...

Spooky Place in Portugal, in Figueira da Foz. The scene is the end of the day, with sunset lighting on the building. There is a stone building with two towers in the front (like monasteries) and the roof is half destroyed. It is an abandoned building surrounded by nature.

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8. Pátio do Carrasco, Lisboa

In the capital, Pátio do Carrasco is famous for the strange sounds of a man who died in 1873. His name was Luís Alves and he was the last Portuguese executioner, having lived there. Next time you visit, stop and listen! (let us know all about it later!)

Spooky Place in Portugal, in Lisboa. The image shows a picture taken from the inside of a tunnel, rounded ceiling. In the end we see a typical Lisbon Patio, with a yellow building on the left, and a yellow building in the front, with two green doors. The colors are fading from age. There is a staircase on the façade on the left side. There are plant pots all around. There Is a balcony on the first floor and clothes hanging.

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9. Edifício Panorâmico de Monsanto, Lisboa

The Panoramic Building of Monsanto, with a privileged view to Lisbon, was never completed. People talk about bad luck and guarantee that no project will be successful there!

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10. Palácio de Valenças, Sintra

In Sintra, one of the most mythical and mysterious places in Portugal, there are some very interesting legends. In this Palace, for example, it is said that the Count's maid killed herself out of love (or heartbreak) and that her tears are still heard around the house.

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11. Sanatório das Penhas da Saúde, Serra da Estrela

Another sanatorium full of… you guessed it, ghosts! The building was abandoned in the 1980s and although they want to rehabilitate it, there are those who guarantee that it is haunted by the patients who died there of diseases.

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South of Portugal

12. Teatro Lethes, Faro

In Faro, there is a theatre with a peculiar history. A ballerina committed suicide in the middle of the stage, hanging herself, and now her steps can be heard through walls and the sound of wood on the floor creaking. Chills, right??

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13. Hotel Bela Vista, Portimão

The Hotel Bela Vista was built by the Magalhães Barros family in the early 1900s. The elder daughter died there and the cries of footsteps can be heard in the hallways of this 5-star hotel… Well, at least the view is great!

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Portuguese Islands


14. Ponta da Má Merenda, Açores

One of the most beautiful love stories comes from Terceira Island (Azores). It is said that a rich girl and a poor boy were forbidden to be together by her father. Forced to marry an old man, the girl refused and was abandoned by her parents, with no food and money. The boy had left in search of a fortune for both, but when he returned the girl had died. In disgust, the boy joined the Convent, and it is said that on stormy nights one hears the cries of these two lovers at Praia da Vitória. 

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Now start planning those maps, you’re in for an adventure!



by Cláudia Aragão