Haunted Places in Portugal

Sanatório de Valongo



Being a Sanitarium from 1910, it was built to hold 50 patients who suffered from tuberculosis. Unfortunately this number rapidly grew to 150, as the epidemic known as the ‘white plague’ grew. This number then grew to 500, where these patients roamed the halls, lost, as there was no cure for this disease, and one by one they all died. These souls are said to haunt the corridors, with visitors and passers-by said to hear the hallow cries of pain and see swift movements in the shadows. Souls of the victims of tuberculosis epidemic are said to haunt this sanitarium in Valongo. Today, the Sanitarium is used as a battleground for paintball enthusiasts.

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As well as being one of the most interesting, and beautiful places to visit in Portugal, it can certainly be a creepy one. The name originates from the fact that the centre of the area, on a grassy plain, originally offered a fun fair, but as the urban lifestyle crept in, the fun disappeared, and much like the tombs of Paris and other cities in Europe, the tombs appeared.The tombs are above ground, and are shaped like houses, where the dead live. Most bizarrely, some of the tombs have windows where you can see in, and with some deterioration of coffins over time, you can even see a glimpse of the dead themselves.

Sanatório da Serra da Estrela



This construction was built in 1936, as a treatment facility for the staff from the Railway services who suffered from fatal illnesses. At a later date, the building was leased to the society of Sanatariums in Portugal, and became a general sanitarium for any patients needing treatment. The facility closed in 1980 after most of the patients passed, and the building was left to deteriorate over time. Rumours have circulated that it is haunted by the souls of the patients admitted to the hospital. The building is now situated on the edge of the Serra da Estrela mountains and has been converted into a 5 star boutique hotel where you can relax on a luxury holiday.


Quinta da Paulicêa, Águeda



Not far from the city center of Águeda, Quinta da Paulicea sits in the middle of large unkept plot of land surrounded by a wrought iron fence.It was inhabited by an Águedense family, who had moved to Brazil in the late 1800s, but returned in the early 1900s, naming the home after the city of São Paulo. Much of the family succumbed to the influenza pandemic in 1918, with the exception of Neca Carneiro. there are many reports of supernatural encounters at Quinta da Paulicea. Some have heard the neighing of horses where the stables once stood. Others have been frightened by the sound of a shotgun blast or a gentle pulling on hair. A worker in the garden suddenly experienced such an intense headache that he fled and never returned.

The Castelinho of São João, Estoril



Legend has it, and local estate agent Sandra Fernandes, of Fine & Country Portugal, agrees that several owners of the house have moved away in fear, after misfortune fell upon them whilst living at the property. Sandra and other locals living in the area attribute the strange events to the ‘evil powers of the house’ and the legend of the little blind girl. Many people in the Municipality of Cascais have attempted to explain the phenomenon, and most stories lead back to the legend of the little blind girl who lived in a house near the castle. One day, she accidentally fell from the cliffs nearby to her death. Legend has it that the parents of the little blind girl offered the property to the ‘Holy House of Mercy’ in her memory, and it was used it as an institution to support the blind for ten years. Some say that a girl with a doll in hand can still be seen strolling through the walls of the property today…

Termas de Água Radium



Legend has it that this beautiful structure, in the Guarda District, was built by Spanish Count Don Rodrigo after learning that the natural “healing waters” might cure his daughter’s skin disease. News of the waters quickly spread. In the 1920s, the site became a restorative spa known as the Hotel Serra da Pena. In actuality, the waters were radioactive, seeping from a uranium mine not far away. Radioactivity was all the rage in the 20’s and 30’s, so the site bottled the spring water and sold it under the name “Radium Water.” Of course, after radioactivity was studied further in the 40’s, it became apparent that the healing qualities of radium water actually carried the opposite effect. The hotel went out of business in the 50’s and has been abandoned ever since. It is said the site is haunted by the many people who drank from the contaminated spring.


Quinta do Esteiro Furado (Casa dos Ingleses)



Also known as Casa dos Ingleses (House of the English), this grand residence is located on the Tagus River.   The chapel of the home dates back to 1630.  A wealthy business man in the salt industry built the villa with a private dock to ship goods to Lisbon.  In the early 20th century, the property was built by two Englishmen who came to Portugal to export cork. At that time, it became a meeting place for high society and business dealings.  The Englishmen returned home but not before selling the property.  After the death of the new owner, the heirs let the property fall into ruin.  It is questionable whether the home is actually haunted.  Yet, visitors to the site claim hearing guitar music, feeling a “heaviness in the air”, and experiencing raised heart rates.

Casa Amarela, Ovar



This home in Ovar (about 50km south of Porto), has sat vacant for many years.  It has been reported that even Roma have settled in the home, but left in a hurry, leaving their belongings behind.  There are many legends associated with the house.  One claims that a man and his daughter built and lived in the home.  The father found out his daughter was dating.  He flew into a rage and threw the daughter and her boyfriend into a pit in the center of the house where they were left to die.  The couple now haunt the house to protect their love.  Another version claims the owner of the house was bankrupt.  To prevent the bank from taking his home, he killed himself vowing never to leave.

Casa de Dr. John Pike – Olhão


Early in the 20th century, poet, naturalist and romantic John Pike built a lovely home in Olhão.  However, shortly after inhabiting the home, a tragic accident took place.  His elderly mother, who suffered from senility, dropped his young son from a window to his death.   Dr. Pike then decided to design, build and relocate to a new home closer to the sea . Many people have tried to inhabit the Chalet, but at night they hear a child crying and sounds similar to objects being dragged across the floor.

Source: Portugal Confidential, This is Horror .

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Obscurena Went…Moinho de Maré – Seixal


Moinho de Maré de Corroios is a 15th century pluvial mill situated in the civil parish of Corroios, municipality of Seixal.

The mill was ordered constructed in 1403 by D. Nuno Álvares Pereira. By 1980, the mill was acquired by the municipal authority, where it was reconstructed and remodelled, becoming integrated into the Ecomuseu of Seixel, when it opened in 1986.

The building consists of two rectangular annexes, oriented longitudinally, that consist of a mill, warehouse and miller’s residence, transformed into a temporary exposition hall.These bodies are constructed over masonry foundation, into plastered and white-painted facades with exposed masonry corners.











Maria Kilstrøm Nielsen Artwork

inspirationMaria Kilstrøm Nielsen, artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Born 1990.

Uses music as inspiration to create art and design.

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“The motto is to think outside the box, which leaves no boundaries in what will be done by theme, materials or style. Therefore you will see art done on different types of media.


Melodies can have a personal way of describing certain situations or events we are going through in our lives. Isn’t that why we connect with the various different styles and types of music?

To put it simple – we all create our own soundtracks for our own lives by listening and following the music we appreciate. And I? Well I take that literally and get amazing ideas and images out of it.

So in order to bring music into a more visual world, figures and colors are used to create emotions or scenarios.


By stepping into a song and lyrics, I use spray paint and pens to bring you a step closer to how a song leaves a visual expression.” Maria Kilstrøm Nielsen


Obscurena Flash Interview

Obscurena: When the idea of creating art based on music came up ?

Maria Nielsen: The idea of creating art based on music came from my hopes and dreams about writing music of my own. When I was younger I wanted to pursue the carrier of becoming a singer. In connection to that I have been playing piano since I was 12, I think, mainly in order to compose my own songs. Though it never really reached a point where I was proud and content with my work. So this love for music and the amazing element of creating own expressions in songs led to a huge need to channel that out in another way.

Obscurena: what kind of music inspires you most when you are creating ?

Maria Nielsen: Sometimes the question of what music that inspires me to paint is a very simple question to answer and yet very complex. What do you listen to on your way to work? And why? The mood determines the music.
To try to put it simple, the music that I feel most inspired by are mostly by artists and bands that represents an attitude and message that I respond to and support. Some days the music can be very mellow simply because it makes me think. Other times I can walk around wanting to be working on a piece I have some loose ideas for visually but that I have to get to come together with a message and overall expression and experience by that one song that just simple will finish the painting. That has been the experience in these three years of how I have seen the music I have been listening to has impacted my work.

Some examples of Bands and Artists that inspires Maria: Tool, Perfect Circle, Massive Attack, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Soundgarden, Gramatik, System of a Down & Blue Foundation











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Obscurena Went…Solar dos Zagallos

Solar dos Zagallos

In this 18th century country house, you must see the original glazed tiles, stuccoed ceilings and fresco walls.

Solar dos Zagallos was recovered by Municipality of Almada and transformed in a Culture Centre of local cultures. Located in Sobreda was built on XVIII century by Zagallo family in the time of D. João II (Portuguese King).

Rich lands from Caparica, to receive later D. João VI were built two noble halls that are very different from the rest of the palace.

Open spaces for visitors, lovely stages for classic music, amazing tiles and fresh paitings are the motives to visit it during some hours.

Solar of Zagallos is a dynamic space that intends to preserve the local culture with regular culture activity during all year like exhibitions, concerts , recitals and several activities for young people

The romantic gardens are also worthy of a closer look.

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