We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Bakio, Bermeo, Spain
Phone Number: 30-12376
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
$115*
and up
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Wine Cellar Private Tour from Bilbao
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 627 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 521
    Excellent
  • 94
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
a wonderful peaceful and enchanted spot. Don't ring the bell

The hermitage is a wonderful peaceful and enchanted spot, but it is a fair hike from the car park down to sea level and up the 100 metres to the top. The return journey is even... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
mottthehoople
,
London
Add Photo Write a Review

627 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The hermitage is a wonderful peaceful and enchanted spot, but it is a fair hike from the car park down to sea level and up the 100 metres to the top. The return journey is even worse, the car park being 150 metres above sea level. Allow two hours and take plenty of water. There is shelter and a picnic... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madrid, Spain
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Wonderful chapel on a promontory. Could be in Ireland or Scotland. It's a bit of a hike to get to down from the car park and up the stairs to the chapel itself, but definitely worth it. Just wear the right footwear, not high heels... there are a couple of public cabin toilets when you get down there, but otherwise... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bilbao, Spain
Level Contributor
34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

A local attraction, this islet is connected to mainland Bermeo by (manmade?) winding steps that go all the way to the top, where a small chapel and belfry is located. It is said that fishermen ring these bells upon their return. I loved it because it makes a unique travel story for tourists/foreigners as it is very local, and really--... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maia, Portugal
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Absolutely wonderful visit. Magnificent views going to and from the church. An absolute must when in the Basque Country. Bear in mind you can only park the car 1,3Km up the hill, must then go all the way down through a path and then up the curch's island. Not the easiest trip but not that hard.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Barcelona, Spain
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Gaztelugaxte is one of this places that you'll remember for the rest of your live. If you are near it's a must go. If you're visiting Euskadi but not planing to visiting it, just change your route to come there. It has earned it. Gaztelugatxe es de esos lugares que se te quedan en la memoria para siempre. Si pasas... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Birmingham, UK
Level Contributor
37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Spectacular setting, just be prepared for an epic climb and descent. Wear good shoes and don't go in the blazing heat like we did!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
76 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

30 min walk each way to the church and some some to just sit and enjoy the wonderful views. Ring the bell three times and make a wish when you get there.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Guildford
Level Contributor
40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It was fun walking over to the island. Although it was busy it was not too bustling and there was no queuing for ringing the bell. The views of the coast were very good. It is up and down steps but you can see from the start what you are letting yourself in for.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tel Aviv, Israel
Level Contributor
43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

I did not walk all the way to the island because I arrived late. You can park the car and walk down a pretty steep car road (authorized vehicles only beyond that point). It's a nice exercise, but not much of a nature experience. Alternatively, I think there might be a walking path down from the camping a few kilometers... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oliveira de Azemeis, Portugal
Level Contributor
10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

If you are going to stay in Bilbao more than one day, you must go to Gaztelugatxe. Better by car than by bus (only 1 per hour and it lasts more than 1h). Once there, it is a steep path, but when you arrive at the bottom of the "island", it is a great view. Then, 231 steps until the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed San Juan de Gaztelugatxe also viewed

Bilbao, Vizcaya Province
 
Vizcaya Province, Basque Country
Bilbao, Vizcaya Province
 

Been to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and other visitors
3 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from San Juan de Gaztelugatxe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?