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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  • It should be a good walk. You can leave the car in a parking lot at 30' on foot, or in a viewpoint about 40 '. But it is worth, more than. It's beautiful! I have not seen a game of Thrones in my life Hulio, but I loved the place.
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  • A must-see in the Basque country, is amazing the islet with all those stairs. Recorded Game of thrones here is a place of cinema.
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  • We visited Bilbao for a few days in March and wanted to make it to Dragonstone Island. Searched the net but could only find some ridiculously expensive day-trips. Once in Bilbao we managed to sort out...  more »
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  • Amazing place. 45min from Bilbao, worth the trip and the 45min walk. You should visit.
  • Great place to visit. Stunning view. Car rental could be a great option to see more places like this one.
  • Worth the hike down and back up. Sun came out on the island and was awesome.
  • A wonderful place to visit with amazing views all around. Beautiful
  • Fabulous spot. Be prepared to climb a lot! 2.5 km from car park.
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