We’re back and so is the blog!
We’ve been neglecting the blog while in Africa but we’re bringing it back in full force now that we’re slowing down and have better wifi access again. We’ll be posting much more about our recent overland Africa journey soon, but for now, here’s a quick & fun post to celebrate Halloween!
Creepy Places All Around the World
While traveling around the world over the past 3 years, we’ve visited our fair share of creepy places. We have wound up on a remote island in the Philippines only to find a creepy abandoned church. Abandoned places always seem eerie and we’ve come across our fair share of them. These abandoned river cruises that sit vacant lining the Nile River was something right out of the Twilight Zone.
Or how about while hiking in the Carpathean mountains of Ukraine and stumbling across this delapaded structure in the middle of nowhere.
Top 10 Spooky Destinations Around the World
10) Inside the Great Pyramids (Egypt)
In Egypt, many of the pyramids hold the remains of ancient pharaohs who are said to curse those who enter. Oops. In fact, many of these tombs are guarded and you are not permitted to enter. But a little baksheesh (tip/bribe) to the guards often seems like a completely acceptable practice that gets you right in. Crawling around the inner maze of these ancient structures was equal parts eerie and awesome!
9) The Black Forest (Germany)
When a lone raven soaring over our heads in Germany’s Black Forest, it felt like something right out of a fairytale gone wrong.
8) A Witch Bar (Belgium)
While biking around to brewpubs in Belgium’s countryside, locals had warned us not to visit the witch’s bar. We did anyways. They weren’t lying. This wasn’t some tourist place; but rather a country pub miles from the nearest town of Poperinge that was complete with all sorts of strange witch games, witch dolls, and the bartender/owner herself was a witch. So strange!
7) Aboveground Cemetery (Guatemala)
We’ve wandered through this cemetery in the remote town of Livingston, Guatemala, that sent chills tingling up our spine. They keep the tombs above the ground in this graveyard to prevent bodies from rising up to the surface if/when the coastal town floods.
6) Killer Clowns in our Room (Germany)
After checking into an old hotel in Koblenz, Germany, we were shown to our room that was filled with pictures of clowns. And lets face it, there is nothing creepier than clowns, right? CREEPY! They were everywhere in the room – dozens of them. And they were definitely going to come to life at night and murder us in our sleep.
But it’s these eerie destinations around the world that has really got our blood pumping!
Our Top 5 Spooky Destinations Around the World
5) The Oldest Mummies in the World (Chile)
The chinchorro mummies found in the unassuming town of Arica, Chile are thousands of years older than Egypt’s famous mummies! The earliest found mummy dates all the way back to 7,000 BC (compared to about 3,000 BC for Egypt). Their small skeletal remains are now in full display under glass in Arica, Chile, complete with hair to up the creep factor just a little further.
4) Dracula is Real and He’s in Transylvania (Romania)
There are lots of spooky corners within all the small towns scattered across Transylvania. In the Transylvanian town of Sibiu, you constantly feel like your being watched because the windows of the houses look like eyes gazing down you!
But all the Transylvanian folklore comes to a point when you see Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula. Just outside the town of Brasov is Dracula’s castle. In the capital of Bucharest there’s even a statue which marks this legendary and fabled ghoul.
3) Bohinjska Bistrica Church at Full Moon (Slovenia)
High up in the Julian Alps of Slovenia is the tiny town Bohinjska Bistrica. Late in the evening the town seems abandoned as there is not a soul on streets anywhere. So even the sound of a cow’s moo in the distance may startle you for a moment. So when you stumble across this 19th century church lit up by the glow of the full moon, with gravestones popping out right out of the ground, you suddenly get the sense that a werewolf may be lurking right around the corner. Run!
2) World War II Wrecks (Philippines)
Near the island of Coron, Philippines, Japanese vessels were attacked by US led air strikes in 1944. Today these ships remain deep on the bottom of the ocean floor. I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of entering into the darkness of the sunken ships with flashlights in hand. Parts of the dive are nearly pitch black, so even the slightest motion brushing up against your leg feels like some crazy sea creature is going to attack you. But the thought of sharks leaves your head when you come across reminders of the death that occurred inside the ship, such as the charged sole of a soldier’s boot. This takes scary to a whole new level.
1) A Town Full of Witches (Spain)
We happened to wander into the neighboring puebla of Soportújar and discovered a town full of… witches!
When we saw the peculiar sign pointing a kilometer off the main road, we knew we had to detour and investigate. It was a bit eerie, as we found no mention of this strange place in any of our guidebooks and there’s little about it on the internet (its Wikipedia page is literally one sentence.)
So we wandered in and found a monument to the witches in the village square. But it was the cave that was padlocked with gated bars that really creeped us out. Peering inside there was – no joke – caldrons and broomsticks! Freaky!
We’ve since learned of a local legend that witches in the cave would snatch wandering children to boil down their fat to be used for milk & cheese products. (wtf!) So we decided to pass on Soportújar’s queso tapas and instead tip-toed away as quickly and quietly as possible.
We later went to a local festival in a neighboring puebla and had found the witches of Soportújar had come out to party!
Happy Halloween Travelers!
Let’s talk travel! Let us know about any other spooky destinations that you’ve been to in the comments below!