On the cliff overlooking the blinking blue ocean of Portugal, a young blind girl fell to her death while playing by the Castelinho de São João do Estoril. She is now forever haunting the place. 

A well tended garden by the bright blue seaside in Portugal looks more like an interior design story than a ghost story. There are the goth-like towers in the new-medieval style of the grand house that can allude to something more than a sunshine story. 

The Castelinho de São João do Estoril, in Estoril, is said to be haunted by the ghost of a little blind girl who accidentally fell to her death in a nearby cliff.

The Dancing Girl

The house is called Castelinho Nossa Senhora de Fátima and sits at the edge of the cliffs, overlooking the beautiful Cascais bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This house has gone for as much as 3 million euros. But there are also legends about potential buyers that have turned the house down based on some ghost stories surrounding the place. 


Locals tell a story about a girl that was dancing at the edge of the cliff and fell to her death in the sea by the Castelinho de São João do Estoril. They say that ever since, you can sometimes spot a dancing girl at the very edge, always dancing. 

But who was this girl? Some say that she was the daughter of the owners of the house. But one story that is told the most, is that she was a blind girl from one of the neighboring houses, and that the parents of the house gave their house as a support center for the blind. 

The Truth Behind the Legend

It is true that there was a support center for the blind, however, it wasn’t a house gifted from the parents of a blind girl that fell to her death. 

In fact, there was no house there, until 1913 when Instituto de Cegos Branco Rodrigues was built and used until the 70s. First 14 years later, the Castelinho Nossa Senhora de Fátima was built.  And a story about a blind ghost, must have been a student at the school for instance if we are to give credit to the paranormal sightings. 

By the Sea: The house of Castelinho de São João do Estoril were the supposed haunting is right by the bright blue sea //Photo: Observador

One of the potential buyers in 1983 was José Castelo Branco, a Portuguese reality star, but when he got to the place, he gave up any plans of buying the place. At arrival he saw a girl playing with other children by the cliff and suddenly felt the urge to throw himself into the sea. Not buying a bad omen, he left without buying. 

And although today, the story of the little girl on the cliff is mostly brought up when the house is put up for sale, it still persists to be told, again and again. And reports of a ghost of a little girl with a doll in her hand comes in as she dances on the cliff or goes through the walls of the house. 


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