Above: Carrer Josep Torres, 20
With more than 2,000 years of history, Barcelona has its fair share of ghosts and mystery. Explore the dark legends of the Catalan capital, if you dare…
Plaça del Comerç
The town of Sant Andreu was absorbed into the city of Barcelona in 1897. Plaça del Comerç in the heart of Sant Andreu is said to be haunted, with numerous paranormal sightings each year. The most common report is that between 9pm and midnight a ghost is seen crossing the square, revealed by the light of the street lamp which stands in the middle.
Mercat de Santa Caterina
The Mercat de Santa Caterina dates back to 1845 and was renovated in 2005. The market stands on the site of the Convent of Santa Caterina. Founded in 1243, the convent belonged to the order of the Dominicans and as a result of confiscation of 1836, it was demolished the following year. Legend says that the devil once appeared before numerous witnesses, invoked by witches performing black masses.
Carrer de la Flor del Lliri
Situated just behind the Mercat de Santa Caterina lies a small mysterious street. In the the 1950’s, houses on Carrer de la Flor del Lliri were used as inns for travelers. During this period, many guests were reported to have disappeared in mysterious circumstances, never to be seen again.
The world famous market on La Rambla called La Boqueria was also built over the ruins of a convent, in this case the Convent of Sant Josep, founded by the Carmelites Descalços in 1586. The legend tells us that a group of dead friars once appeared to the brothers of the convent, singing to them. Ten days later the convent was attacked, set ablaze and the Carmelites were killed. It is said that you can hear singing in the market every year on July 25th.
Carrer dels Mirallers, 7
The great poet and writer Jacint Verdaguer had also been ordained as a priest. At number 7 of Carrer dels Mirallers in the El Born neighborhood he is said to have performed numerous exorcisms.
Carrer Josep Torres, 20
The tale of Josep Torres 20 tells us of Agustín Atzerias, an industrialist who in 1892 was facing serious financial problems. However, he wanted to finish building a fine house for himself in Gràcia. He decided to make a deal with the devil, selling his soul in exchange for a fortune. He ended up winning the lottery and consequently decorated the facade of the house with demon heads, which remain to this day.
Carrer Francisco Giner, 43
In 1935, the building at Carrer Francisco Giner number 43 in Gràcia was the setting of extreme paranormal events. Many of the people living there experienced poltergeist phenomena, such as loud banging noises on the wall and furniture flying in the air. The residents fled and the paranormal events continued for a week. There were multiple witnesses, including the police and the press.
Rocafort Metro Station
Rocafort (L1) is a metro station where TMB workers dread to be assigned at night. After multiple suicides (including four within the space of one month), it became known as the cursed station. Ghosts have reportedly been seen walking on the platform and along the tracks. The paranormal activity has also reportedly been picked up by the surveilance cameras at the station. Years before being part of the subway network, the space had served as a refuge during the Civil War.
Joaquín Costa, 29
Enriqueta Martí was a serial killer living in Barcelona in the early years of the 20th century. She kidnapped children of the street, the sons and daughters of prostitutes and beggars. She used the children for prostitution, but she also used their blood to make tonics to treat tuberculosis. This is how she earned the nickname of Vampire of Barcelona. Eventually she was caught after kidnapping a girl called Teresita, the daughter of a well known man in Barcelona. A neighbor saw Teresita in the window and went to the police. After rescuing Teresita the police discovered the horror of what had been going on. Enriqueta Martí lived at Calle Poniente, 29 (now called Joaquín Costa) in the Raval neighborhood.
Carrer de la Neu de Sant Cugat
This street in La Ribera was home to the most famous school of witchcraft in Barcelona. The school was run by a famous disciple of the devil called “Seca”. It is rumored that the school produced professionals of witchcraft who would buy the bones of people that had been condemned to the gallows. Several of the schools students were ultimately captured and burned at the stake.
Gran Teatre del Liceu
The legend states that during the Middle Ages the site on which the Gran Teatre was built had been used for executions and was cursed. It has certainly had a long series of bad luck since then. After being built in 1847, it was severely damaged by fire in 1861. In 1893, 20 people were killed when an anarchist called Santiago Salvador threw two Orsini bombs into the stalls. Just over 100 years later, in 1994 the building was completely destroyed by a fire.
Masia Can Trilla
Masia Can Trilla, on Carrer Gran de Gràcia, 177-181 is the resting place of Ramona Llimargas Soler. It is an old farmhouse dating back to the seventeenth century. The house is currently occupied by nuns dedicated to the care of the poor. Ramona Llimargas Soler and was born in the late nineteenth century in Vic. From a young age she witnessed supernatural appearances, gaving her messages from beyond. She became famous as one of the visionaries who assisted General Franco.
Carrer d’Estruc, 22
At the beginning of the 15th century this street was named after Astruc Sacanera, an astrologer and sorcerer. Stone plates mounted on the walls at the beginning and end of the street are said to make a reference to Sacanera. He reportedly sold a special powder and a stone that cured various ailments. His shop was located at number 22.