San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo

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#1 of 17 in Nature in Basque Country
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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  • It is ideal to park in the parking closest to the bar/restaurant because you can access road on one side of the bar. Not recommended for people with reduced mobility or have emotional problems. The way is hard, but no doubt the views and the peculiarity of the site are spectacular
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  • Stunning views over the sea. More or less it takes an hour to make the trip. Spectacular views but begins to be very crowded, I suppose that the subject of game of Thrones media has helped. DON'T forget to ring the Bell three times!
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  • I think that the Basque country here has one of its main tourist sites by number of visitors. It is a great place that combines hiking and a place of stunning coast. The penalty is that it breaks down completely when you get up and the stench of the latrines is terrible. They serve it properly or remove it I think I. Below there are some baths beside the fountain. You have well conditioned and they are enough to you. They were equally stinky but somewhat less bothered by the distance to the Hermitage.
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  • Touristy, but worth the trip down to the shore and up to the chapel- plus all the way back up to where you came from. Kids under 6 might hate their parents for going there unless they are carried back up.
  • Beautiful place with fantastic views. Great for a little hike. We took shorter way up (about 25 mins) and longer to get back (about 50mins).
  • So what can I say? It was featured in the first episode of Season 7 of Game of Thrones, it's a beautiful church on a big rock in the Atlantic like a Basque version of Mont Saint Michel, the path up to the church is amazing and so are the views on both sides. It can get a bit crowded but it's free about a 30 min walk from the car park, a safe enough place for kids but not for disabled people unfortunately
  • This is the most beautiful place and I can't believe they film Game of Thrones here...absolutely amazing!!
  • Beautiful and atmospheric place. Game of Thrones filmed here

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