Among the many attractions of our country, which, as you know, are many, there are, without a doubt, the many towns that can be visited in each of our autonomous communities. There are medieval, sailor, picturesque, modern … In addition, in Spain we can also find a lot of abandoned towns that, believe it or not, have become tourist destinations. One of the most visited is Belchite, so today we have decided to tell you about it.
Located in Zaragoza, Belchite is known for the battle that was fought in 1937, during the Spanish Civil War. Even today it is possible to feel the drama that the people who lived there had to suffer. Do you want to discover more details about this abandoned town? Well, be very attentive to what we tell you below!
One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War
As we have just mentioned, the town of Belchite is known in our country for having been one of the bloodiest scenes of the Spanish Civil War. The town was completely destroyed after the battle that was fought here between August 24 and September 6, 1937. At that time, the town had about 3,812 inhabitants, but, unfortunately, it was totally destroyed after the battle. In addition, more than 6,000 people, including civilians and soldiers, died. Curiously, after the battle, Francisco Franco did not want to rebuild the town, but decided to leave the ruins intact to remember his victory. The new Belchite was built next to the ruins, a construction carried out by prisoners of war.
A cursed town
Due to the events that have occurred in Belchite throughout its history, many people believe that it is a cursed town. Apparently the Romans and Carthaginians already fought here during the Punic Wars. In addition, in 1809 the First Battle of Belchite took place here during the Civil War, a battle in which the French were victorious. Years later, confrontations also took place during the Carlist War. The last great challenge that Belchite had to face was the so-called Battle of Belchite during the Civil War, which we have already told you about before.
For lovers of the paranormal
As we have mentioned before, Belchite is one of the most visited abandoned towns in Spain. And although many people visit it to learn about the history of our country, others are attracted by the paranormal phenomena that some say are lived here. In fact, there are many psychophonies that have been recorded in this place. Believe the legends or not, the truth is that walking the streets of Belchite makes chills run through your body, especially at night.
Although until a few years ago the town could be visited at any time and at any time, now it is fenced and can only be accessed within the established hours with guided tours. The daytime sessions last an hour and a quarter approximately and, in them, descendants of the neighbors who inhabited the town explain what happened there, not only through the testimonies, but also through the bibliography and existing documentation, including the official parts of both armies. As for the night visits, they represent a unique opportunity to learn about the other history of Belchite. And it is that in them the guides tell dark legends and tragic stories that were lived in each of the buildings.
Then we leave you with our gallery , where you can find more images of this ghostly abandoned town.