I love having my expectations blown away. I had seen some photos of Gaztelugatxe and couldn’t believe something like this could be built. A tiny stone church on the top of an island mountain, with a zigzagging bridge connecting it to the northern coast of Spain. It seemed like a scene from a movie… or maybe season 7 episode 4 of an HBO hit series called Game of Thrones. Yeah, maybe more like that. DRAGONSTONE!
Gaztelugatxe is an islet (small island) on the coast of the Spanish province of Biscay in Basque Country. At it’s peak, there is a hermitage called San Juan de Gaztelugatxe which was build to honour John the Baptist. This church is 1000 years old, and with its winding staircase, makes you feel you’re approaching a medieval castle. Exploring it was a highlight of my travel life. We arrived to see an amazing sunrise beginning to peek over the coast. We had it to ourselves at this time, and recommend you visit then too.
Mariannela and I made this travel vlog earlier this year during our 1 month road trip through northern Spain. We grabbed a camper van from Indie Campers, and spent the majority of our time in Basque Country, and all the videos we made are a bit of a different style as the others. We also had a lot of fun with the MAVIC PRO Fly More pack from DJI. Some of the best views I’ve seen yet. This place was unbelievable.
Also, I came across a lot of great videos of Basque Country through my friends Alex and Marko Ayling from the Vagabrothers. Make sure to check them out as well.
If you’re a fan of urbex or exploring abandoned places, this needs to be on your bucket list.