San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo

Categories: Islands, Sacred & Religious Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web
A small islet on the rocky Basque coast San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is connected to the mainland via a man-made bridge. The island itself hosts a nearly 1,000-year-old hermitage likely connected to the Knights Templar. Five hundred years after its construction, Sir Francis Drake sacked the hermitage. Be ready to climb the bridge’s more than 200 steps, and don’t leave any valuables behind in the car. Check online in advance to find out if the bridge is under repair and if the closer parking lot is open. Make San Juan de Gaztelugatxe part of your personalized Bermeo itinerary using our Bermeo trip itinerary builder.
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  • After seeing the Church on a postcard, I went the next day, I walked a stretch of asphalted road on foot, but you could drop from Miradoiro Church (vantage point) is definitely much more suggestive, as autumn there was little rush, I took all the steps to the Church, breathtaking, down the steps there were people intent on taking your flow should shoot some scenes of 7° series "game of Thrones". Carina the Church, but it was closed, if you arrive at the top and you need, there is also a toilet, how do you find TOILETS on the way down to the asphalt road. Really worth a visit.
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  • A few kilometres from Bakio on a diversion of the road towards Bermeo is the parking, from here a path of descent will reach the mirador or continues to the chapel. The landscape is spectacular. The physical effort is considerable, but it is worth.
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  • Go minimally prepared (shoes, water) to walk the path from the car park and then the 241 steps, it takes more than the 25 min advertising posters, but is worth a lot. The place is very special, very interesting in the historical and also geological aspect, and the views are beautiful. That Yes, do not think that nothing should go on a rainy day because the path will be very slippery.
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  • One of the most beautiful views in the world. Yes, it is difficult to get up there, but that's how nature is built! The fact that the place is mainly kept untouched (meaning no parking, no bus, no stores...) is what makes it possible for it to be so beautiful after all these years.
  • Incredible place! Id make this walk everyday to enjoy the ocean, scenery, and the quaint church on top.
  • Spectacular sight-seeing. Pretty steep hills (but very doable if you take short rests). There was a large car that would occasionally pick people up
  • Amazing view! Be prepared for a serious treck. But it is worth it!
  • One of the best views I have ever seen! The hike is quite long to get there and there are many stairs, at least 100, so this is quite demanding
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