Ermita de San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

The Central Basque Coast

A few kilometres beyond Bermeo, this historic chapel is perched high atop the islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Built by the Knights Templars in the 10th century, it's also served as a shelter for shipwrecked sailors. Sweeping views make the uphill hike – 241 steps, to be exact – worthwhile.

Outside of July and August, the chapel is usually closed.

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