Picturesque Basque Islet – San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

December 12, 2016 By: erik Category: Photos, Spain, Travel 177 views

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San Juan GaztelugatxeOn Saturday, my family and I went to a local tourist destination that I have been wanting to visit for some time now: the islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. It has got to be one of the most photogenic spots I’ve seen on the northern coast of Spain. Especially near the solstice, with the sun low in the southern sky, the geographic wonder was back lit to great photographic effect. It’s so photogenic, in fact, that it will be appearing in Season 7 of a little tv show called Game of Thrones. They have already done the filming.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

We had to park the car way up high on the mountains above the sea, which also added to the effect. Every time it came into view on our 25 minute walk down to the islet, I couldn’t help but pull out the camera.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

It has a less well connected island brother nearby that has been less trampled by humans.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

Here you can see how far apart they are.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

Some gorse flowers overlook the sea.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

We went with the same cousins that we visited Gavilanes with in September.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

Getting closer…

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

Okay! Let’s climb some stairs!

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

There were plenty of other tourists making the same journey.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

The kids were glad to rest at the top.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

Triumphant after our walk back down. What we were forgetting was the crazy climb back up to get to where the cars were…

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

Ian had a great time.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

Back up to civilization, we found a gorgeous restaurant with some really spectacular sea views.

San Juan Gaztelugatxe

Farewell, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. Thanks for the lovely hike.