Love a good scare? Malta is home to some pretty creepy places – from haunted houses to palaces with terrifying stories to tell. We’ve hunted down the creepiest of all and found quite a few – our country isn’t called the Mediterranean’s Most Haunted Island for nothing you know!
Now the question is: will you want to visit them?
As you drive towards Malta’s most famous fishing village, keep your eyes peeled to the left – you’ll soon come across an abandoned stone house that stands slightly away from the road. This is rumoured to be the most haunted house in Malta and hundreds of people have told of hearing strange noises and having trouble taking photographs when exploring it. Whatever the case, it’s quite sad to see it in such a state and it must have been truly beautiful in its day!
A beacon of architectural beauty just a short walk from Buskett Forest, Verdala Palace is now the summer residence of our President, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. However, it isn’t just Malta’s stateswoman that walks the halls but a Blue Lady, who’s said to wander the grounds. She is alleged to be the ghost of a young girl who fell to her death while trying to get away from a knight.
This walled, hilltop town was once the island’s capital and even just a quick walk round it conjures up images of what it must have been like in centuries gone by. Hundreds of ghost stories have been told about this spot, but one of the most famous is of Katerina – a girl who killed a knight in self-defence. She was sentenced to death for her crime and beheaded, but allowed to marry the love of her life before she died. Now, tourists sometimes report seeing a headless girl in a bridal gown wandering the alleys…
The Grandmaster’s Palace
As the seat of the Knights of St John while they were in Malta, the Grandmaster’s Palace must certainly have a story or two to tell. Don’t let the bubbling fountains and bustling streets outside fool you – indoors is a warren of halls and rooms where anything could have happened. However, to be honest, the ghost in question isn’t quite as frightening as a beheaded knight or escaped slave… it’s a cat, who has been seen jumping into the yard before disappearing. Spooky.
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