San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo

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Island Religious Site
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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  • Unique, historic and stunningly beautiful this is a must do hike up to the chapel over the sea. My husband and I are in our 60's and made this trek with little difficulty. The hardest part was hiking ...  more »
  • From Bilbao, we drove to Bakio for a pit stop by the beach before heading to Gaztelugatxe, a small island on the coast of Biscay. HBO filmed scenes for season 7 of Game of Thrones here! According to a...  more »
  • It takes a little effort to get here and it rained heavily on us, but it was so worth it. It absolutely one of the highlights of the trip.  more »
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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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