San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (2/20)

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Gaztelugatxe is a small island on the coast of the Basque Country. The islet features a tiny church that has been there since the 9th century. That’s to say, the first hermitage on this island was built in the 9th century, and several others have followed and been destroyed.

The church can only be accessed on foot by climbing the zigzagging stairs (241 steps in total!) and it hasn’t been discovered as one of the gems of Spain yet, although it was used as a filming location for the seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe makes the perfect day trip from Bilbao, Donostia / San Sebastián or Vitoria-Gasteiz.

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Written by James Metcalfe

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