With Halloween and all of its dark and ghostly delights fast approaching, we got to thinking about the spookiest holiday destinations in Europe.
After all, what could be a better way of indulging your love of all things spooky than booking a weekend in a haunted house or doing a tour around the most haunted locations in Europe? So, we took a look at just some of the places you could visit and be very scared by this Halloween. Just donâ€™t look behind you!
The Famous Catacombs in Paris
OK, so you canâ€™t stay in them exactly, but you can book a holiday in Paris and go and visit one of the most awe-inspiring tourist attractions in the French capital. The Paris Catacombs are basically a huge maze of crypts and tunnels that wind their way under the streets of the city, where the dead went to rest after the city ran out of space for more traditional cemeteries. The famous Paris Opera House is also worth visiting, not just because itâ€™s utterly fabulous, but also because itâ€™s the very real place Gaston Leroux based his story of the Phantom of the Opera – a legend that has captured imaginations for over 100 years. Perhaps the masked ghost is still lurking down there, hiding in the vast underground lagoon that sits below the Opera House…
Image by Joseph Holmes
Spainâ€™s Faces in the Floor
If youâ€™re into ghost stories then you will definitely have heard about Belmez de la Moraleda. The unassuming street in Spain has become extremely famous due to the scary faces that have been manifesting in the floor. They began in 1971 and have been photographed frequently. It was found that there were human remains beneath the floor, which were then removed but itâ€™s a very evocative place to visit. If youâ€™re on holiday in Spain this Autumn, and particularly over Halloween, consider making the journey, it doesnâ€™t have to be an expensive diversion either. Itâ€™s easily reachable from various resorts like Malaga, so a bit of searching online should come up with cheap flights to Malaga and a hire car to get you to your haunted destination. Just try not to be too frightened!
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Glamis Castle – The Most Haunted Castle in Scotland
Scotland is pretty famous for revelling in its many haunted houses and spooky places to visit so you will be spoiled for choice if youâ€™ve decided to head up north this Halloween. But for one of the best, and most notorious, places to stay, try Glamis Castle. Itâ€™s a fabulous Gothic castle, which looks like it has come straight out of the Addamâ€™s Family, and according to all the tourist guides of the region, is bound to give you the willies should you be brave enough to spend a night within its scary walls.
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Visit the Real Dracula in Romania
You canâ€™t go to haunted places in Europe and miss out on the residence of one of the most notoriously scary people ever. Vlad the Impaler is the inspiration for Stokerâ€™s Dracula and his place of residence was Poienari Castle. In fact, itâ€™s also the place where he tortured so many enemies to death by calmly popping them on stakes and then holding a feast while listening to their cries of agony. Soak up the atmosphere of the castle and nearby Lake Snagov, which is where he is thought to be buried.
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Follow the Footsteps of Jack the Ripper in London
Londonâ€™s East End is where the infamous and famous serial killer known as Jack the Ripper stalked his prey in the late 19th century. The mystery of his identity has never been solved and his story is grimly fascinating. You can book on to a guided walk which will show you every murder spot and all the other venues with which he is associated. You never know, maybe youâ€™ll be inspired enough to solve the mystery once and for all!
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Know of any other great haunted destinations worth visiting? Feel free to share your stories in the comments!