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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Bakio, Bermeo, Spain
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Ranked #1 of 2 attractions in Bermeo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Religious Sites
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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This sight is incredible and well worth the trip, which required a bit of effort that was all worth it. I took a bus from San Sebastian to Bilbao (1 hour, PESA runs more frequently but ALSA is half the price.) We walked to Plaza Mayua and caught the bus to Bakio and the driver dropped us off at the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Although I visited the place on a cloudy and fairly chilly day, the place was beautiful to walk around. Travelling by public transport to the place is more complicated so going by car is a good idea. The view of the coastline is stunning. Don't forget to ring the bell 13 times!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

Just visited San Juan on July 4th 2014. The trail is open and there is no longer any construction that we could see. We took the bus from Bilbao to Bakio. (Ask your bus drivers as we could have taken a bus direct to the San Juan stop). If you do stop at Bakio you have the option to wait... More

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London
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Its a lovely place on the landward side, but you still can't climb up to the sanctuary because of workmen running an concrete bucket ropeway. Seems daft now summer's here. Walk down to Bakio pleasant, glad I found the 2 hourly minibus from Bermeo, as that end would be a slog.

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Barcelona, Spain
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Really nice place, totally recommendable. The views are priceless. The path to walk to the church is easy. Then, as the tradition says, you have to ring the bell of the church 13 times and ask for a wish. Simply unforgettable.

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Porto Alegre
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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This was one of the most beautiful places I visited in Spain. You get to walk out on thin stairs, overlooking the ocean. There is also a lot of history and legends related to this place. A magical outing!

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

My son just visited this landmark this past week and said the walkway to the church is still closed. He said it was an amazing site and plans to come back sometime, hoping the repairs will be done by then. Another reviewer mentioned there is little infrastructure, so perhaps it is going to take awhile. Hopefully someone will post an... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We literally just came from Gaztelugatxe this morning. It was amazing! But unfortunately, we could only see it from a distance (right before the steps to the island) because they are beginning to do some construction on the path and blocked it off. The car path was closed way before the steps to the island, so we left our car... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful place, wonderful views and lovely clean air. Unfortunately our experience of visiting this locatation was completely ruined - when we returned to our car (parked in the main car park, next to Eneperi restaurant) to find that it had been broken into and our bags were stolen from the boot. It was all too professionally done to believe that... More

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Halifax, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013 via mobile

It look fantasic on the brochure but it's closed I heard until November. We close to sit on our Balcony at Hotel Abalaya and get hammered on wine intead.

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