Chase spooks at Bellver Castle

Spending a Mallorca holiday and want to go ghost-hunting in a castle? Bellver Castle in Mallorca, Spain, the 700-year-old fortress overlooking the district of Palma, is the best place to chase spooks.

Ironically, Bellver means beautiful view, and the castle does offer a panoramic vista of the sea and the city. Once the summer residence of the King of Mallorca, it was converted to a military prison during the 18th and 19th century. The castle is a fine example of Gothic military architecture.

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During the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s, the castle was again used as a military prison. During this time, thousands of political prisoners and sympathizers of the Spanish Republic were incarcerated and executed, some of them at Castle Bellver.

Nowadays, Bellver is open to tourists; the castle has a museum within its fortified walls, a chilling reminder of a grim past. If you’re in the area late at night, you might be able to catch the tortured wail of some restless soul or catch a glimpse of a wandering ghost.

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