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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Address: Bakio, Bermeo, Spain
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Bermeo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Religious sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Islands, Religious sites, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Walla Walla, Washington
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This was an experience I will always treasure. Getting to the site is a pain, but experiencing it is amazing! We took the bus from Bilbao to Burmeo, then another bus that leaves from Burmeo and stops at the site on it's way to Bakio. It's a hike down to the path to the church and the steps are a... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Wow. I actually went to San Juan de G. on Christmas Eve, so for about half an hour I was the only one on the entire island :) Absolutely spectacular--and to be honest one of my favorite parts of the climb was towards the bottom--after you cross the bridge you can walk down a set of stone steps towards the... More 

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Wroclaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

In rainy days, its better to use the asphalt road (access from the east - now closed for cars) - it takes the same amount of time but is not so muddy and slippery. However, You will miss a nice viewpoint that is located higher on the cliff. Your choice!

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This very pleasant climb, some 230 steps, to the church is a must and takes about an hour to complete. We got there just in time to see the sun setting and what an experience.

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Yekaterinburg, Russia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Few minutes walking from the road, and you will see a breathtaking view, that you will never forget. Then you continue to the small church at the top. You take a sit in the shadow, and keep your mind in peace, looking at the endless ocean. Very calm, lovely place.

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South Pole
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68 reviews 68 reviews
11 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We took the longer but easier gravel path to get there (the other one is much near a bus stop). The view was amazing and we could see the chapel from a different angle. The isthmus was not that difficult to walk, just steps to climb. Wear a pair of walking shoes will do. The chapel was not open but... More 

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Munich, Germany
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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It is definitely a touristic attraction of Basque Country in Spain. We visited it in September, and the weather was nice. It is near Bakio. The GPS was unable to locate the right place, so we missed out the path and entered in Bermeo. Getting there from Bermeo was not so easy. The traffic signals helped a lot on locating... More 

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Croatia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My son and I arrived by bus from Bilbao to Bakio. It was a lovely summer day and we decide to walk to it. It was exhausting because it is mostly uphill.....then you have to go down the narrow pathway and go up the stairs to visit the church. It is stunning beauty, the island, the church, the ocean, the... More 

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Saline, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Located on the Basque coast. This scenic rock and chapel offers a great view of the sea and the Basque countryside.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a tough place to find without a car- you need to get a bus from the Covered Marketplace in BERMEO (the Numero 3561 I think) which leaves Bermeo every hour at 30 mins past the hour. You can use your Bilbao Travelcard for this bus service - You get off on the side of the road and walk... More 

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