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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a beautiful haven

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is located in the Biscay city of Bermeoin the Basque Country. It is one of those places that stands out for its imposing natural beauty, a place that feels epic and timeless. It's so epic that it was chosen to portray Dragonstone Castle in the famous "Game of Thrones" series. But beyond the fashion series, this place was already a tourist enclave that we couldn't miss when visiting the Basque Country.

In this post we shall see how to get to San Juan de Gaztelugatxewhich is also increasingly touring due to the fame the series has brought. We will know a little more about what to see in and around this great rock, so the visit will be very complete.

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How to get to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe can be reached from Bermeo Bermeo and Baquio streets, the BI-631. This route is short, about 9 kilometers, although it is a back road, so it takes about twenty minutes. The closest city is Bilbao if we are arriving by plane and then want to go to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. There are buses or we can take the same road, the BI-631, if we are driving.

When it comes to parking there are several tips as you can usually park near the bridge but sometimes you can't leave it so you have to park further away, like a kilometer. In any case, the walk can be done by anyone and it is definitely worth it. When visiting the place, we must also take into account that in Summer the place is pretty busy and it gets a little more oppressive than autumn or spring. Winter is also not a good time because of the bad weather on the coast.

Visit to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is an island connected to the mainland by one Footbridge with stone arches that provides a walkway That leads to the island's hermitage, yes, after more than 200 steps. Those who are not in such good shape can just take it easy as it is common to stop to admire the beautiful surrounding countryside. When you get to the bottom of the stairs, you can put your foot on what appears to be the footprint that John the Baptist left there. When you get to the top you will find the hermitage dedicated to the Degollación de San Juan and from before the XNUMX. Century. Tradition has it that when you get to the top you have to ring three times and make a wish. Without a doubt, it is a historical place full of stories and traditions.

Dragon stone in the Basque Country

If you're a fan of the Game of Thrones series, this place is sure to sound familiar to you, despite the computer editing. Several locations in the Basque Country have been selected In season seven, shoot and represent Dragonstone. One of those places is Zumaia beach, also on the Basque coast, and another is the island of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which represents the place where the castle is and merges in line with the beach area, which he suspects you are are together and that's where Daenerys arrives last season. Today it is another reason to visit this area of ​​the Basque Country, not only for its beauty and tradition, but also because the cult series of the moment was filmed here. Fans of the series, who are quite a few, will enjoy reliving the scenes from the series.

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Visits nearby

Although this enclave is far from everything, we can reach several attractions in a short time by car. TO The city of Bilbao is only 35 kilometers away. In this city we can enjoy the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Plaza Nueva or the old town of the city. It's the ideal place to stay as we'll have a great deal. On the other hand, we can go to Bermeo, which is only about 10 kilometers from San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. This coastal town is quiet and very beautiful, besides being close to the famous Mundaca Beach and Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve, a nature reserve and river estuary which is another landscape for our trip.

Game of Thrones fans who have come to the Basque Country will not miss another visit. We refer to the Zumaya beach where the other area of ​​Dragonstone was filmed. This concludes the journey to the locations of this world-famous series. In addition, this beach is another landscape of great beauty with a rocky landscape that will not leave anyone indifferent.

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