When we stayed at the Basque coast in Spain we litteraly hadn’t done any research beforehand. Luckily we had WIFI at the campsite so I did some research on what we should do while we were there.
When I saw pictures from San Juan de Gaztelugatxe I knew this was one of the places I wanted to visit while we had the chance.
It is a church, that dates of the 10th century, that is build on an island and you can only reach it by climbing the men made stairs that lead to the top of the island. There are 231 steps total on these stairs!
So on a cloudy day we drove down there and when we got to the parking lot you could seriously not see a thing. The entire place was covered in fog! People were already not bothering to take the hike down.
So we discussed what we were going to do, either risk hiking down and still not being able to see a thing or just hike down and hope for the best.
We decided to go with the second choice and I can tell you it was the best descission we could make. When we got down to the foot of the stairs there were seriously only a handful of people there and the fog stayed on top of the shore.
We hiked to the top of the island and hung out at the top for a while. When we were there the little church at the top was closed, but since we were the only people up there I decided to ring the church bells. I hope that doesn’t mean bad luck!
Besides the little church there isn’t anything else on top of this island. But this place seems to be taken right out of a fairytale, which makes it an amazing place to visit in my book. I can see why they chose this place to film Dragonstone in the Game of Thrones. They did add in the castle though on top of the island, so don’t expect a huge castle when you visit.
When you head back you will find a restaurant at the top of the trail. Where you can grab a bite to eat or something to drink after your hike.
If you travel with little ones you can also take a trail to a vantage point, where you can just take in the sight, without having to hike up and down the cliff.