Ghosts & UFO Sightings in the Canary Islands

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You might normally associate UFO sightings with blurry images of the Loch Ness Monster, or conspiracy theories of Area 51 in the scorched Nevada desert. From TV favourites The X Files and blockbusters like Paranormal Activity, to creepy ghost stories told around the campfire, supernatural and unexplained phenomena form a much-loved part of our culture.

Every nation has its unexplained marvels, and Spain is no exception. So if you’re heading to the Canary Islands for your next getaway, keep an ear to the ground for the local weird, wonderful and downright wacky tales.

Here at Canarias, you might normally associate us with Canary Islands car hire and travel advice. We’ve become known as the leading car hire agent in the Canary Islands, and our services are straightforward, reliable and authentic – the polar opposite of the mysterious world of ghosts and UFOs!

But truth be told, we love a good ghost story (and anyway, our pricing structure is completely transparent – a bit ghost-like, perhaps?) – so without further ado, here are a few unexplained phenomena that have occurred in the Canary Islands in recent history. Whether or not you believe in such things, it makes a great story to tell the kids when you’re lazing on a beach under that beautiful Canarian sunshine…

Casa de Frías, Güímar

The town of Güímar is already shrouded in mystery, as it’s home to the famous stepped pyramids – and no-one really knows for sure how they were built, and by whom. Casa de Frías, a remote house based in the Güímar area, attracts its fair share of ghost stories. The tales started back in 1941 when witnesses reported strange phenomena including objects and furniture moving around freely, and even sudden attacks by unseen hands. The stone building is now derelict, as seen in this photo. It’s in a beautiful remote corner of Tenerife, surrounded by beautiful scenery and woodland. But would you pay a visit after dark…?

Barranco de Badajoz

Located near Güímar is Barranco de Badajoz – a stunning ravine which regularly attracts stories of UFO sightings and ghostly goings-on. It is also believed by some to be a portal to another time, or dimension. In the late 19th century, legend has it that a young girl was sent by her parents to pick fruit in the ravine. Tragically, she never returned and despite extensive searches, no trace of her was ever found. However, the story goes that she reappeared decades later, exactly the same age and appearance, with no recollection of having vanished. She became known as The Girl With The Pears, and her legend lives on in the Barranco de Badajoz. Read more about her story here.

The Lost Island of San Borondón

We’re all familiar with the 7 main Canary Islands: Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. You may also be familiar with the 6 smaller islands which make up this sprawling archipelago: La Graciosa, Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este, Roque del Oeste and San Borondón. Wait, that’s 7 smaller islands. Hold on – where did San Borondón come from? That’s a very good question – and it’s one that has plagued sailors for centuries.

The mysterious ‘lost’ island of San Borondón has long appeared in explorers’ folklore. Legend has it that, during the 15th century Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands, a mysterious island would sometimes be seen to the west of La Palma. As sailors attempted to reach it, the island would simply… disappear. Swirls of thick fog, sudden storms and fierce winds would impede access to the island and cause it to seemingly vanish. Christopher Columbus is said to have believed in its existence, as the island was supposedly briefly inhabited by monks – including Saint Brendan, of whom the island was named after.

Check out this Wikipedia account of the mysterious island. Would you attempt to sail across the ocean blue in search of this mysterious paradise?