San Juan de Gaztelugatxe – Mandatory visit

When in the Basque Country you cannot miss San Juan de Gaztelugatxe!!

It is pure magic and a haven in the rough sea.

It is believed that the first hermitage was built in the 9th century. In the 12th century, it became a convent. However, two centuries later, the friars left the place taking all the valuables with them.

Its raw beauty is no doubt the reason why it was chosen as a filming location for Game of Thrones. Whether you’re a fan or not, taking a trip out to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a “must do”.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is located 35 km east from Bilbao – a perfect stop on your way to San Sebastian. The island can be reached via a man-made stone bridge which connects to 241 steps that will lead you to the top of the hill where the church is placed. It is said that after climbing to the top, you should ring the bell three times to attract good luck and chase away evil spirits.

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