Our world’s history is made up of thousands of tales and myths, some are a little on the fantastical side but make a thrilling story. So, why let the truth get in the way! The infamous Lochness Monster is a popular element of the British Urban Legends, believed to be a large monster lurking in the loch of Scotland. There is little evidence to support this phenomenon, however people can’t seem to let this theory go! From the Pyramids of Guimar, to the Lovers of Teruel, here are some of the most mysterious urban legends in Spain.
- The Legends hidden in the mountain of Montserrat
The mountain of Montserrat has always been a place of inspiration for many myths and legends, with perhaps the most mysterious being ‘La Moreneta’, the Black Madonna, the Virgin of Montserrat. According to the legend, ‘La Moreneta’, is believed to have been carved in Jerusalem at the beginning of the religion. As one of the most famous Black Madonna statues in the world, it was decided to leave the icon there and build a sanctuary around it to worship it. The place became a place of pilgrimage, which today, the sanctuary is known as the Holy Cave and is one of the highlights of the visit to Montserrat.
- Legend of “The Lovers of Teruel”
This famous legend, originating in the Middle Ages, tells the story of two young people from Teruel who were hopelessly in love with each other. These two youngsters, named Isabel de Segura and Diego de Marcilla, died of love because of the thousands of misfortunes that they lived and that prevented them from joining forever. Their bodies are located in a mausoleum next to the church and tower of San Pedro, in Teruel, and every year in February, the inhabitants of this city recreate the atmosphere of this time.
- The mystery of the island of San Brandán:
It is said that in the Canary archipelago there is an island that appears and disappears. This island owes its name to San Brandán de Clonfert, who described this island as a paradise on earth. However, it was impossible for many navigators to locate the island. Many people claimed to have visited it, and many others failed to reach that fate. Years later, the fog was blamed for the disappearance of this island, and to this day many know it as “The Lost Island”.
- The Mystery of the Pyramids of Guimar and the Guanche at Tenerife:
Many people travel to Tenerife as a popular holiday destination, but what many are unaware about is the ongoing mystery of the Pyramids of Guimar. What we do know is that Guimar is a town in the south of Tenerife and it is the location where six of these pyramids are to be found. Their structure and where they are located, a place where there was clearly no agriculture, suggest that the pyramids were used for rituals and astronomy. However, who built them, when were they constructed and why are all unsolved questions that still to this day explorers have never found the answers to.
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When you think of Spain, there are plenty of things that are likely to spring to mind, the nice weather, beautiful landscapes, it’s rich history, but perhaps not the stories of mysterious urban legends. There are in fact many myths and legends in this mystical country which have ventured out into the world as fiction to be discovered.