Frangokastello Castle in Frangokastello, Greece

Each May, dark, fleeting figures descend upon a stretch of sand leading up to this 14th-century Venetian fort. In the early morning, when the sun still hangs low over a calm, glassy sea, these ghosts of slain Greek soldiers advance toward the ruins. Dressed in black, they trek onward by foot and horseback, their weapons glowing beneath an awakening sky.

At least, that’s what the locals will tell you. Every year around May 17, the people of Frangokastello, Greece, report seeing the shadowy...

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