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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  • 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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  • 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).
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  • Looks like an amazing place to go or stop by in your way On our trip today to Bermeo I found out a very important information for this place There's a minibus leaving from the central bus station ( which is as you walk out the train station cross the street on your right and on the left side of the street you will see the bus stop); at the same bus stop the minibus is leaving tomorrow Bakio with stop at the Hermida. The ticket is 1.5€ one way is leaving Bermeo at 13:15, 15:15; 17:15 (not sure is there is any before 13:15); and is leaving from Bakio at 12:45; 14:45; 16:45 (as well not sure if there is any leaving before or after) Hope all this info is helpful! !!
  • Spectacular sight-seeing. Pretty steep hills (but very doable if you take short rests). There was a large car that would occasionally pick people up
  • One of the most beautiful views in the world. Yes, it is difficult to get up there, but that's how nature is built! The fact that the place is mainly kept untouched (meaning no parking, no bus, no stores...) is what makes it possible for it to be so beautiful after all these years.