San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo

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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. Arrange to visit San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and other attractions in Bermeo using our Bermeo road trip planner .
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  • Since I first saw images of this place I always wanted to visit it and this year I have been able to do it in the company of my partner and my daughter. It is worth it because the views are stunning, the downside is that it is a very visited place, there were quite a lot of people. Attention because it is better to take out the reservations online. There they give you a pass on the way in, too, but they already warn you.
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  • We went after 21h to see the church. A lot of advantages : evening sunset, free entrance and ofcourse almost no tourists. The guidance is top and the hiking route is very clean. View is amazing. Take ...  more »
  • Although it has been quite crowded with visitors for a few years, the spectacularness of both the place itself and the views of the whole environment are well worth it. You have to be a little fit or take it easy, not to climb the hundreds of steps of the walkway to the hermitage, but to go down to where it starts and climb again afterwards. In any case, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is deserved one of the must-sees of anyone traveling along the Biscayne coast.
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