San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo

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Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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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  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is an hermitage church located in a island in the Basquue Country, in the Bizkaia Region. Really, it is an impressive place to visit: the island, the hermitage, the Flysch (a....  more »
  • We did this walk early in the morning, which meant that we could park right at the trailhead. The walk down and then up is steep but quite manageable if one walks at an appropriate pace. The views.....  more »
  • One of the most beautiful places in Spain. It is hard to park as it always crowded. To get to the church on the island will take 1,5 hours but it worth visiting. Beautiful view from the restaurant on the entrance (pic below)
  • This place is definitely worth the drive and hike down and up the mountain. We did not luck out with the weather, it was drizzling half the time we were up there however even with the rain the scenery is simply spectacular. I have never seen such a beautiful combination of man-made architecture and nature. If your kids are champs like my 3 and 6 year olds make sure they are willing to walk 1200m down and up the steps and back. Do not take your stroller. You will have some of the most memorable photo opportunities and once the trip is complete you will be glad you did it.

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