Haunted houses and spooky places in Tenerife
It seems that Tenerife,unlike the UK, is not proud of its haunted houses and doesn't seek to promote historic buildings with ghost tours or circulating publicity about spectres that have been seen in them. However, there is plenty of evidence of paranormal activity if you dig deeper and do a spot of research.
The Lercaro House in La Laguna, which has become the Museum of the History of Tenerife, apparently has a ghost. The Spanish El Di newspaper carried a story on this back in November, 2003, in which it explained that employees of the museum preferred to remain anonymous when talking about the matter because they feared they might lose their jobs. The local council doesn't want the building associated with a ghost it seems.
What was once the wealthy Lercaro family home in San Augustine Street, which dates back to the late 16th century, was where a woman named Catherine, or Catalina in Spanish, lived, and she is said to be the daughter of Antonio Lercaro.
She was forced to marry an old man, but on the day of the wedding, she decided to take her life rather than go through with this and threw herself into a well at the back of the mansion.
The story goes that her remains were actually hidden in one of the rooms in the house and the well was boarded up after that. The Church would not allow Catherine's body to be buried in a cemetery because she had committed suicide. After this the Lercaro family moved away to La Orotava.
The ghost of a young woman has been reportedly seen in the building and ghostly footsteps heard. Of course, it is thought that Catherine's troubled spirit still haunts the house.
There are rumours of ghostly goings-on in several other locations too including along the old main road from the south of Tenerife to Santa Cruz, and in the Adeje area. Many people were killed back in the days of slavery on the island and mass graves are said to exist on some of the banana plantations. It is thought some of these people who lost their lives have returned as ghosts.
The historic former seaport of Garachico is a town with very many old buildings including mansion houses and churches and I have heard that there are ghosts there too.
In the mountain village of Vilaflor, the very old Canary Pine tree that is known as El Pino Gordo, and is the biggest example of such a tree on the island, is said to be a location where paranormal activity has taken place.
Vilaflor has a legend which explains how it got its name. When the Guanche people lived on Tenerife before the Spanish Conquest, what is now known as Vilaflor was then called Chasna.
According to folklore, a Spanish captain by name of Captain Pedro de Bracamonte had fallen in love with a Guanche maiden whom he had imprisoned because he was scared of losing her. The young woman escaped and the heartbreak the captain suffered was so grievous that he died.
His last words are said to be"Vi la flor de Chasna" (I saw the flower of Chasna).