San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Do not forget the name of this wonderful hidden gem in Bilbao, Basque Country, northern Spain: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (pretty unpronunciable!).

Bimage-27-06-16-20-27ilbao, well, not really!

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is on Biscay’s coast under the belonging of Bermeo, a really pretty small town that I had the chance to visit a bit while waiting for the last transport to S.J. de G..

You should have/hire a car to reach it easily or be ready to some buses and taxi changes, like me…

Yeah! As you can see it took me almost 12h for a 3 hours stay, but I let you judge if it was worth or not with my latest YouTube video. Don’t forget to subscribe!


After the breathtaking images, maybe you should have a question; but what is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe?!?IMG_0144

S.J. de G. is a hermitage dates 10th century, named after Jhon the Baptist, the fat-face in the picture. The words gaztelu and gaitz mean ‘fort’and ‘tremendous’


making Gaztelugatxe: ‘the craggy fort’.


237 stairs bring you up till the top where , the legend said, you should ring the bell tree times and make a wish! The thing I loved most, apart of its pure beauty, it’s the little mistery around it: maybe built in the 9th century, maybe in the 10th; it seems to have come from the Knights Templar; it was attacked, sacked and it caught fire several times.

Against everybody and everything San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is still there, standing fiercely.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe it’s been more than a day trip… but I’m not telling what because after a year travelling I begin to understand that every place you visit will have a different role for yourself and it’s different for every single traveller.


The adventure is out there!

Let me know if you’ve been in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and how did you feel about it.


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