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“Breathtaking, in more ways than one! :)”

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Bermeo
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San Diego, California
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“Breathtaking, in more ways than one! :)”
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 lost with with GPS!), it took us less than 1 hr to get there. We parked at the restaurant Enepari and explored the area. We were with two elderly people and the hike to the stairs was a bit much for mother-in-law (hiking poles would have helped!), which was not able to go up the stairs, but still enjoy the view. We climbed the 231 stairs to the top. It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! It was a bit hot and it is a bit physical, but worth every effort to get to the top.

We were not going for the religious aspect, but cannot help but be affected by it. It is a serene and gorgeous place. If you like to travel off the beaten path, please do yourself a favor and visit this gem.

We had drink and appetizers and the Eneperi restaurant afterwards. Very nice place.

Again, we traveled thousand of miles to visit San Juan and we are so glad we did!

Visited July 2014
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“Worth the effort!”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

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 top of the parking lot nearest the sight, after joking he could only drive us so far before the hike down and back up the sight. Steep walk down, which took us twice as long to come back up. Very windy and raw, wild Basque beauty. Be sure to ring the bell at the top for good luck! There is a restaurant near the parking lot with good prices and it's a great place to relax when you come back up. The restrooms there are much more pleasant than the ones at the sight. Overall it was one of the highlights of my trip to Northern Spain and well worth the effort!

Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful Place to Walk/Trek”
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!

Visited June 2014
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“Trail is open!! Great hike”
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 for another bus, take a taxi, or walk. I do not recommend the 20-25 minute walk as there is nothing special about it. Once you get to San Juan you will have to go down a dirt road for about 10 minutes then you have a 20 minute hike to the top. On the way back, take the bus back to Bakio bus stop and then switch to the bilbao "autopista" bus which takes the highway back to bilbao and it will save you about 30 minutes compared to staying on the original bus.

Visited July 2014
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“workmen still blocking access”
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.

Visited June 2014
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