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. Make San Juan de Gaztelugatxe part of your personalized Bermeo itinerary using our Bermeo trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 20, 2017
    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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  • August 20, 2017
    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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  • August 20, 2017
    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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  • Great views to this iconic island connected by a bridge with mainland and 300 hundred steps up to a little church with breathtaking views
  • A beautiful place to visit. We walked from a parking lot down to the sea and up to the chapel. Great views of the island, coast, and basilica. There was a festival going on in the village above the basilica (early September), so there were lots of folks doing the little pilgrimage to ring the bell at the basilica. And there's a little beach right before the island if you want to cool down from the walk (much of the walk, which is about 1-1.5 miles each direction, I'd say, offered little shade).
  • Awesome place. One of the pretiest places in Pais Vasco.
  • Breathtakingly beautiful. Absolutely worth the trip.
  • It is a long walk to the top however the breathtaking views are worth it. It could use a stall so you could buy beverages as it can get really hard at times to climb the top.

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