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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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Modiin, Israel
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Beautiful place, parking is on the cliff above, which means a 20-25 minutes walk down to the island, and a gruelling climb back to the car, which might be very hard on a hot day. Nevertheless it's totally worth the money because of the unique location, the beauty of the ocean and the rugged coast

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Kilcoole, Ireland
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

What a great way to finish our holiday! Do not follow road, it has collapsed and super dodgy and you won't get far. Park at turn off carpark and follow track. Hard but short walk but well worth it. It's free. I recommend going in the morning before it gets too hot and also less busy. They sell drinks, postcards,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Definitely worth it renting a car for! What a stunning, unique place. Do use your most comfortable shoes because it's a grueling walk from the car park. Take water with you!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Read the great reviews of this place and wanted to see it for ourselves, and we weren't dissappointed! It was a hot day (late afternoon) and there were lots of people to share the trail and walkway with, But what a treat to reach the little chapel perched on a rock/island - just off the coast! The whole walk took... More

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We traveled here in July 2014. We had seen a picture on the internet of the stairs and put together a trip to Spain with the main purpose to visit San Juan. It did not disappoint. We rented a car in Bilbao and drove to San Juan (most definitely rent a car with a GPS and be prepared to get... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 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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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
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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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