Steps To San Juan De Gaztelugatxe
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The path to hermitage called San Juan de Gaztelugatxe off the coast of Biscay near Bilbao Spain is said to be 241 steps. It might look intimidating when viewed from the bottom. But the views along the way are so beautiful that you stop often to enjoy them and/or take photos so it hardly seems like the effort you first imagined. It might look like a remote spot, but having been used as a scene in season 7 of Game of Thrones it isn't quite as 'off the beaten path' as it looks. Nevertheless, in the winter it was relatively quiet and uncrowded. The islet on which the hermitage sits is on the coast of Biscay near the town of Bakio with the wild Bay of Biscay all around. It is connected to the mainland by a man-made bridge. The hermitage at the top sits 80 meters above sea level. It is named Gaztelugatxeko Doniene in Basque or San Juan de Gaztelugatxe in Spanish, and is dedicated to John the Baptist. There are some indications that it might date from the 9th century, but firmer evidence of its existence in the 10th century.
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