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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Tour

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Tour San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Hike Gaztelugatxe, Fishing Port of Bermeo and Pintxos . Pickup at your hotel/accommodations in Bilbao in one of our clean and spacious vehicles. We will make our way on the beautiful country roads to the famous San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. This tour is great mix of exercise, nature, food and wine that will surely be one of the highlights of your trip to the Basque Country!

Itinerary

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Gaztelugatxe is an important landmark for the Basque people, and this unique site which is built on the pinnacle of small islet originally dates back to the 9th century. Over the 1000+ year history there have been fires and battles, and the small church at the top of 241 steps has had to be rebuilt on multiple occasions. At the end of the steps you can step in a footprint said to have been left by Saint John the Baptist and to bring good luck. At the top you will find a picturesque chapel and, above all, spectacular views over the stormy Bay of Biscay, which has carved cliffs, tunnels and impressive arches out of the island. Gaztelugatxe has also been one of the main filming locations for the famed television show “Game of Thrones”. The islet was transformed into playing the role of Dragonstone castle in this hit television show. Additionally, it has won of award of being a “Wonder of Spain”, and should not be missed when visiting the Basque Country.

The Hike to Gaztelugatxe

We can hike to the top if you wish. It is important to wear comfortable shoes and loose clothing. If you decide to skip the hike we can take you to one of our secret viewpoints that will take your breath away! In place of hiking, which takes approximately 1.5-2 hours roundtrip we will also visit the fishing village of Bermeo and an additional stop if your forgo the trek. We also advise bringing a rain jacket, hat and sunblock as the weather can change a lot in this region.

Fishing Village of Bermeo

Following the hike, you will experience some delicious tapas/pintxos at a local restaurant in the quaint fishing village of Bermeo that exemplifies our love of food and drink! If you are visiting the Basque Country, it is an absolute must to come see our rugged and dramatically beautiful coastline.

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Hike Gaztelugatxe, Fishing Port of Bermeo and Pintxos Price

Included
  • Private tour
  • Light lunch of pintxos and wine, water, beer or soft drink
  • Basque local guide/driver
  • Private premium vehicle and all transportation costs (fuel, parking and tolls)
Not Included
  • Other food and drinks
  • Entrances to venues, museums, etc...
  • Any other not specified items in the tour description
Price
  • 300€ (total) for groups of 2
  • 375€ (total) for groups of 3-4
  • For larger groups please contact us for a price quote
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Details
  • Start time: 9:00am
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Tour starts and finishes at your hotel/port
  • Fully insured and licensed by the Basque Government
  • Operated from Bilbao only

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john f
29 October 2023
Amazing gourmet pintxos tour in Bilbao Our guide Olaia was amazing. So much local knowledge and enthusiasm. Everyone in the group loved the experience. Perfectly arranged in both the locations and food and drink progression.
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Mitch Z
29 October 2023
New experience very fun experience the wine was incredible and the food was completely new to us. Olaia the guide was very friendly and made us feel welcome
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Theresa M
27 October 2023
Great night We had the best night with Olaia! Delicious food that we would have not otherwise tried and lots of laughs. Thank you!
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25 October 2023
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Geraldine T
24 October 2023
A wonderful experience Our guide Olaia was fantastic, very knowledgeable about the wine and food. We went to 5 fabulous bars, each one a gem. Thank you Olaia!
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Vacation700200
24 October 2023
Bilbao pintxos and local drinks tour Olaia was a great host,friendly and knowledgeable about the food, wine and Basque culture, thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Originally we thought it was expensive per person but as it turned out it was good value for money and would highly recommend it.
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Heather C
23 October 2023
Absolutely a 10/10 Jani was an amazingly friendly and passionate guide. I loved that she and her family are Basque. She was able to authentically share with us her experience growing up in Bilbao and efforts to preserve the culture and language today. We also learned a lot about La Rioja and visited three wonderful, intimate wineries as well as LaGuardia. And absolute 10 out of 10. She even gave us great recommendations for the rest of our trip. Thank you, Jani!!!
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Rigmor Helen A
22 October 2023
Morsom og veldig hyggelig kveld 😊 Morsom opplevelse sammen med hyggelige mennesker, og en fantastisk guide. Olaia anbefales på det varmeste. Maten og drikken hadde noen uvante smaker, men likevel en flott opplevelse.
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Vegar
20 October 2023
Great experience - A must do in Bilbao This tour is a "must do" and a wonderful intro to Bilbao. We had the pleasure of having Olaia as our guide. An energetic, charming, and knowledgeable Bilbaína. Along with enjoying delicious pintxos, cider and wine, we also learned about basque culture & history. Highly recommended.
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watpar
20 October 2023
Joyous introduction to Basque food and drink led by exceptional host Olaia. Fabulous well constructed tour led by wonderful, vibrant host Olaia. Convivial company and great selection of bars with award wining wines and food. The tour is centred on the old town, so it’s compact and accessible. Great introduction to basque culture and food. Good value for money.
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