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What is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe?

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is a tiny island off the northern coast of Spain, in the Basque Country. The island is connected to the mainland by a thin, winding, manmade pathway.


San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Hermitage

The island is home to the hermitage of Gaztelugatxeko Doniene or Saint John of Gaztelugatxe. The small religious building is dedicated to John the Baptist, and has been standing in the same place since the 10th century. There have been several tombs discovered in and around the church dating back to the 9th and 12th centuries. The site was attacked by Francis Drake in 1593 and has also suffered several fires.

The hermitage is also home to several offerings from sailors who survived shipwrecks.

Available tours of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Dragonstone in Game of Thrones. 

How to get to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe?

First you will have to get to the Basque Country. If you are staying in Madrid or Barcelona this will be a piece of cake because both cities offer flights and trains to Bilbao and San Sebastián. You best bet is to fly into Bilbao, it’s fast and easy and relatively cheap.

Now, from either San Sebastian or Bilbao, the best and most comfortable way of getting to Dragonstone is by car, but you can also get there using public transportation. The A3518 bus from Bilbao will take you directly there in about an hours’ time. There is no public transport option unfortunately from San Sebastian.

How to get to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe from Bilbao?

If you are driving from Bilbao it will take you 50 minutes:

How to get to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe from San Sebastián?

If you are driving from San Sebastián, it will take about an hour longer:

Where to park near San Juan de Gaztelugatxe?

There are a couple of parking options. There are two public parking lots that can get pretty crowded and hectic and a private parking area that belongs to a local restaurant. In either case, your best bet to find an easy parking space is to get up bright and early and beat everyone there. Check out your parking otions here

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