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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe: Our most recommended tours and activities

Bilbao: S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Getaria & San Sebastián Tour

1. Bilbao: S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe Getaria & San Sebastián Tour

From Bilbao, leave for San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Make a panoramic tour of the area and discover the area’s dreamlike cliffs, a feature of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones. Continue to the Guipuzcoan town of Getaria and enjoy a guided tour of its historic quarter. Admire the traditional fishing port, the church of San Salvador, and the monument in honor of Juan Sebastián Elcano, a sailor who changed the world and was born in this small town. Take a moment to eat in one of its many restaurants at Getaria. Enjoy the gastronomy of grilling local fish and seafood. From here, leave for San Sebastián for a guided tour of the city. See the Church of San Vicente and the Basilica of Santa María del Coro before heading back to Bilbao.

From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

2. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bilbao, and then get back to nature on a trip to the amazing rock islet of Gaztelugatxe, located on the coast of Bizkaia just 35 kilometers from Bilbao city center. Arrive at the viewpoint and get 2 hours of free time to explore independently. Use the time to climb to the 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, where you can touch the bell of the chapel three times and make a wish. Soak up the stunning views of the Bay of Biscay before traveling to Bermeo to take a walking tour of the charming fishing village. Continue to the historic town of Gernika, site of one of the first aerial bombings by Nazi Germany, and visit the Casa de Juntas (Assembly House) with the famous Tree of Guernica that symbolizes the traditional freedom of the people.

From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

3. From Bilbao: Basque Country Tour

Follow the river road of Bilbao towards the coast and admire the old industrial areas that once powered Bilbao. You will visit the Transporter Bridge of Bizkaia, the oldest bridge of this type in the world, still active and considered a beloved icon by locals. Afterward, you will see the neighborhood of Neguri and its old mansions owned by rich industrial managers before you head towards the interior of the province. Admire the traditional local houses and farmhouse structures, and discover the imposing old Castle of Butron. Arrive at the coastal village of Bakio, a popular summer holiday destination among Basque natives, before you follow the beautiful and wild coastal road, eventually arriving at your second stop, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.  This place is said to be one of the most beautiful locations along the Basque coastline. It is a huge rock on the top of the old hermitage of San Juan, and it is connected to the mainland by means of a long stone stairway. Next, you will continue to the fishing town of Bermeo. Here, you will stop to visit the narrow streets, the Juradera Church, the Ercilla Tower, the old port, and the Town Hall, among other sites. Enjoy free time for lunch, and your guide will recommend a selection of local restaurants. Later, you will stop at Mundaka, a beautiful site with magnificent views of the Urdaibai Biosphere, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Afterward, you will arrive at the village of Gernika to visit the Basque Sacred Tree and Casa de Juntas, or old Law House. Finally, you will return to Bilbao around 2:00 PM.

From Bilbao: Half or Full-Day Game of Thrones Guided Tour

4. From Bilbao: Half or Full-Day Game of Thrones Guided Tour

Dive into the real Game of Thrones experience during a tour of the incredible filming locations for Season 7. Walk in the footsteps of Tyrion, Daenerys, and Jon Snow as you explore incredible landscapes. First, walk along King's Landing beach, filmed at Muriola Beach in Barrika. Explore the location where Davos Tyrion and Gendry had to flee from the Gold Cloaks. After that, head to a medieval-like castle at Butron Castle. Take some photos with cloaks and swords and feel like a Lord or a Lady of Winterfell. Next, continue the tour with a visit to the Dragonstone Fortress at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Bermeo. Climb up 241 steps just like Daenerys and feel like a true Khaleesi. Take a lunch break in Bermeo where you can enjoy pintxos, tapas, and a local white wine called txakoli. Finally, make the last stop at Dragonstone beach where Daenerys first walked when she finally came back home. Filmed at Itzurun Beach in Zumaia, this 60million-year-old beach was the perfect choice to set Dragonstone.

From Bilbao: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, & Gernika

5. From Bilbao: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, & Gernika

Leave Bilbao and discover other exciting and historic locations on the Basque Coast on this day tour. See the Vizcaya Bridge, the historic city of Gernika, visit a traditional fishing village, and enjoy a tasting of local products. Travel along the river of Bilbao, discovering the interesting industrial past of the city, and once at the coast, stop to see the Vizcaya Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage designated site. Pass by the majestic Castle of Butron, and eventually arrive at the Biosphere of Urdaibai. Admire the beautiful view from its lookout point, and discover the secrets of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a filming location of the famous TV series “Game of Thrones”. Make another stop in Bermeo, a typical fishing village, and stop to take a walking tour to enjoy its charming atmosphere. Take part in a tasting of local food, where a sample of pintxo is included. Reach the last stop in Gernika, and make a visit to the interesting Assembly House and the famous Tree of Gernika.

From San Sebastián: Getaria, Bilbao, and Gaztelugatxe Tour

6. From San Sebastián: Getaria, Bilbao, and Gaztelugatxe Tour

From San Sebastian, leave for to the Guipuzcoan town of Getaria, where we will enjoy a guided tour of its historic quarter, and where we can admire its traditional fishing port, the church of San Salvador or its marvellous beach. Continue to Bilbao, where before getting off the bus we will enjoy a panoramic view of the city, being able to enjoy a privileged view of some of the most important places of the Basque capital. Here we will have time to eat and to make another small visit to the capital. The Arriaga Theatre, the Arenal district, the Church of San Anton or the Ribera Market are some of the must-see sights in Bilbao. For lunch, we will have the information of our guide, who will not only tell us about the best places to eat in Bilbao, but also about all the options and prices that can be found in the city. Our last stop of the day is also one of the most special places in the Basque Country, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Make a panoramic tour of the area and learn the area’s dreamlike cliffs, a feature of the HBO hit series, Game of Thrones.

Bilbao: Small-Group Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Tour

7. Bilbao: Small-Group Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Tour

The estuary of the Urdaibai River has many attractions that can be enjoyed in a short trip from Bilbao. The hermitage of Gaztelugatxe, which was the set for Dragonstone in the Game of Thrones series, is a good starting point. Whilst there, enjoy the sea views in contrast to the towering nearby mountain. Take your time and climb up the 241 stairs which take you to the top of Gaztelugatxe, where you can ring the bell three times according to tradition. Following that, the coastal town of Bermeo allows you to see firsthand how old fishing traditions are still maintained in the present day. You then travel from Bermeo to reach Gernika, where rural and agricultural traditions are mixed with their varied histories. Gernika is an important reference town in Basque history, being home to the ancient tree where the medieval kings of Spain swore to respect local laws. It is also where the German bombing took place during the Spanish Civil War, destroying much of the city. At the conclusion of your experience, your driver returns you back to Bilbao.

Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

8. Bilbao, Guggenheim and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

The province of Vizcaya has hundreds of charming places but it is difficult to find one that exceeds San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, located between Bermeo and Bakio. You will discover the history of the Hermitage of Gaztelugatxe while climbing the 241 stairs that lead to it, and get to know Bilbao, its old part, and the banks of the Nervión river, before finally visiting the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy a pintxo meal along the way paired with Rioja wines and relax on the small group size tour with our expert guide who will show you the treasures of Vizcaya geography. Itinerary: Departure at 9:00 AMArrival at 10:30 AM to Gaztelugatxe and departure at 12:00-12:30PMFrom 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM head to Bilbao. You will have the chance to eat pintxos either before, during or after this visit (4 pintxos and 4 wines)Visit Guggenheim from 3:30 PM until 5:00 PM.6:00 PM: arrive in San Sebastián

Bilbao: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Txakoli Wine Day Trip

9. Bilbao: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Txakoli Wine Day Trip

If you enjoy geology and wine, you will be wowed by the breathtaking scenery found in the Basque area, particularly in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which is only 30 kilometers from Bilbao. It is without a doubt one of the most impressive destinations in the Basque Country, lying within the UNSCO Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve and featuring a stunning coastal environment with white cliffs and gorgeous beaches. The amazing Basque Txakoli DOP wineries are located close to this protected natural area, therefore you must visit a family winery to complete this unforgettable experience. You will visit San Juan Bautista's hermitage and  Climb 241 steps to be rewarded with amazing views from the top! Make a wish from the top of the bell and take in the beautiful sights. We'll take you on a tour of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on our way to the amazing Txakoli wineries. You will visit a family winery on a prime site in the natural region of Biscay, which is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Txakoli wine is a local favorite. The white wine of choice among Basques and Basque sailors. Lunch will consist of regional appetisers and pintxos, which will be complemented with regional wines. Note that the steps to the hermitage are now undergoing renovations, so access to the chapel may be restricted!

Basque Country: Game of Thrones Private Sightseeing Tour

10. Basque Country: Game of Thrones Private Sightseeing Tour

Take a private tour of Basque Country with an English-speaking guide and see the award-winning Game of Thrones come to life. Explore the set locations, remarkable beaches, and extraordinary landscapes where Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen were filmed during the making of season 7. Departing from San Sebastian, your guide will drive along the impressive coastal road from Zarautz to Zumaia. You’ll likely know this as Dragonstone Beach, where, in the famous scene, Daenerys Targaryen returns to Westeros with her army.  After another drive through spectacular Basque Country, the next stop is Gaztelugatxe: Dragonstone Castle. It's a lengthy 45-minute hike to get to the Island – but if you prefer you can take photos from the scenic overlook. The final stop on the tour is in Barrika, where you will visit 2 spectacular beaches where scenes from King’s Landing were filmed. You’ll end the tour feeling like you’ve seen the glory and spectacle of Westeros for yourself.

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What people are saying about San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

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4.3 / 5

based on 386 reviews

It has been without a doubt a great idea to do this excursion, I did it with my two cousins aged 11 and 13, and it was great! We loved San Sebastian and lost ourselves in its streets, the La Concha area, spectacular panoramic views, we were in a pintxos bar and in a cheese tasting in the Oveja Latxa store or something like that, in our free time. Getaria, very beautiful, we had lunch there, next to the port and we loved it, a very fishing atmosphere, and a very beautiful and wide landscape while we had lunch. S. Juan de Gaztelugatxe, the jewel in the crown without a doubt, surprised us, the place is so beautiful, it has everything, along the route you find yourself immersed in large groves, while you go up the steps, 200 and some, in that road that goes up towards the Hermitage, wherever you look, it is a pleasure, sea, immensity, the rocks, you contemplate becoming more and more fascinated, I loved it and the children too, you come with a charged battery.

This was a highlight of my trip to Basque Country! Our guide was super knowledgeable and told us all the quirky history about the sights we walked to in Bilbao. Visiting the hermitage is a must do! It's so picturesque and the walk is very panoramic. Highly recommend!

The tour guide Mangel was excellent. Lovely woman with a great sense of humour and very knowledgeable with nuggets of interesting local information. We had a great time and enjoyed all the beautiful sights.

Our guide was excellent! We had a great time even with the rain.

Un tour muy lindo Lugares emblemáticos del País Vasco