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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe: Our most recommended tours and activities

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

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

Explore the Basque Country with a guided tour starting in San Sebastian around the old town to see San Vicente's Church and the Basilica of Santa María del Coro. Step back in time as you learn about the local history and visit important sites such as the Plaza Mayor, Plaza Gipuzkoa, and Town Hall.  Enjoy the atmosphere of San Sebastián as you stroll around Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Constitución. Arrive at the port, one of the most important places in the area. Learn about the fires that devastated a large part of the town. Get your camera ready for photos of La Concha Bay.  Walk around the Town Hall, one of the finest buildings in the city, until arriving in the Ensanche de San Sebastián. Visit the city's lungs, Plaza Gipuzkoa and Plaza Okendo, greenspaces that are surrounded by the Urumea River. After the guided tour is finished, you will have some free time to explore or purchase some of the typical pintxos, or small plates. The tour will end in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, an islet that can only be accessed by a pedestrian path. Go on a panoramic tour of the area and discover the area’s dreamlike cliffs which were featured in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

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: Vizcaya Bridge, Gaztelugatxe, Bermeo, & Gernika

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

5. 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: Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Group Tour

6. From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe, Gernika, and Bermeo Group 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.

From San Sebastián: Bilbao and Gaztelugatxe Tour

7. From San Sebastián: Bilbao and Gaztelugatxe Tour

From San Sebastian, leave for Bilbao where we will enjoy a guided tour of its historic quarter and some of the most important places of the Basque city. The Arriaga Theatre, the Arenal district, the Church of San Anton or the Ribera Market are some of the must-see sights in Bilbao. Here we will have time to eat. 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.

From San Sebastian: Gaztelugatxe and Guggenheim Museum Tour

8. From San Sebastian: Gaztelugatxe and Guggenheim Museum Tour

Discover Biscay, the Basque region that surrounds Bilbao, on a full-day trip from San Sebastian. Fall in love with the charming 10th-century fortress of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and climb its 241 stairs to get to the top. Explore the world-famous Guggenheim Museum with included tickets. Depart from San Sebastian after being picked up from your hotel. Arrive at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and find yourself at Dragonstone, as the seventh season of Game of Thrones was shot here. Embark on a steep climb and be rewarded with fascinating views of nature. After recovering from the steep path, head to Bilbao, the financial capital of the Basque Country. Get a glimpse of the architectural and traditional beauties of this wonderful city, including the Guggenheim Museum. Step into the iconic museum and discover its exhibit before returning to San Sebastian.

Bilbao: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe and Txakoli Wine Day Trip

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

Get into the geology and wine ettiquette of Basque with a guided day tour that wows the senses. Take in the breathraking scenery of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe as your tour a Txakoloi winery paired with 3 wine tastings, appetizers, and a delicious lunch. Depart from Bilbao and enter into one of the most impressive destinations in Basque country, lying just within the UNESCO Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve. Admire the stunning beaches and coastal environmnet, boredered with white cliffs. Find yourself at a local family winery, located close to this protected natural area. Visit San Juan Bautista's hermitage and climb 241 steps to the top of the viewpoint. Take in the view and make a wish from the top of the bell. Enjoy a tour of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) on the way to the Txakoli wineries. Txakoli wine is a local favorite, with the white wine of choice among Basques and Basque sailors. After drinking as the sailors do, sit down to a special lunch of regional appetizers and pintxos, complemented by regional wines. Discuss the culture and history of the wine you sip and truly relax into the environment.

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

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 448 reviews

The "gathering" service for participants was very punctual and precise. The clean and comfortable bus, competent driver and guide, especially the latter (Stephan) did not spare himself even in the rain. Great experience. #riccitour will recommend it on its travel page.

Highly recommend this tour. San Sebastián is beautiful and if you’re planning a visit to northern Spain, should definitely include it with your visit.

Great. Very complete tour. Very good guide: Josu. Vale a pena pous will know 4 places with their singularities in 5 hours.

Great views, in wide variety. Both some physically intense and some relaxing moments. Great guide.

It's a very good opportunity to travel in beautiful and unique places.