San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
LOL okay so we didn’t exactly make it to the stairs and everything, but we honestly tried our best. Turns out that Game of Thrones was filming there and left the day after we were leaving Bilbao, so it was a bit of a bust. We saw it from afar, so there’s that. However, when researching traveling to this sight seen so often on Pinterest, it was kinda hard to find people who didn’t drive. We are cheap ladies and were just trying to see some cool sights - so here is how you can get there from the closest big city, Bilbao.
You will catch the A3518 bus on the route Bilbao-Mungia-Bakio from Moyua Plaza, which is pretty easy to get to. I read to go to stop 1025, but I didn’t see any of the bus stops marked. But, these buses are parked for about 5-10 minutes before they depart showing their number, so we were able to find the bus even without proper signage. The buses depart on the half hour every hour, so be sure to get there around the departure time.
Good for you is this is the first stop, and where you will get off is the very last stop, so you don’t really have to be paying close attention. Get off at the Bentalde stop in Bakio. There is apparently a mini-bus from Bakio-Bermeo (A3524) to take near San Juan de Gaztelugatxe but it runs every two hours and it had just departed so we decided to do the “not bad hike.” We started by walking on the same road as the bus stop toward the beach.
Okay there are two ways to hike there, and PLEASE learn from our mistakes. The roads are named the same, Gibelorratzagako San Pelaio Auzoa, but one is backroad and rarely has cars, and the other is literally a highway. The backroad one is not marked and not what google maps recommends, so we of course hiked on the side of a highway. Not fun. Make sure to turn left and keep with the beach and NOT go on the highway, because theres a better way homegirl!! No reason to do that now that you are learning from our mistakes.
Both routes meet at a cute restaurant called Eneperi Jatetxea, which of course serves pintxos only and speaks very bad English (bad for us monolingual folk). Theoretically there is a downhill route from there to San Juan de G, but we were not permitted for Game of Thrones reasons, so that is as far as we got. I would assume its a hike down, then up the stairs and seeing the church and such, then a hard hike back up to near the restaurant. I think that’s also as close as you can park if you are lucky enough to rent a car.
Going back, I would stay in San Sebastian (of course) and drive to this spot when I’m older and have some money and can ball out.