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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Welcome to paradise.

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is an idyllic place, synonymous with paradise. This is a small island, which divides the rock cliffs from the ones joining the sea to the beach, where fishermen dock their boats after a day of fishing. This island is in between these, and you can walk to it over a stone bridge with two arches. The atoll is crowned by a chapel, which has been here since the 10th century, and is dedicated to Saint John. Next to it, you will find a shelter and a lookout point, offering stunning views. Just a few metres away, you will see the Island of Aqueche, or ‘Island of Rabbits’. All of the rocks are part of a protected biotope, due to the enormous amount of birds that nest here. There are several tunnels and arches around the area, which, combined with the sea, make it the ideal place for divers, who come here to observe the vast array of species living here. San Juan de Gaztelugetxe is next to the coastal village of Bermeo, which you can get to by walking through one of the most beautiful areas on the Cantabrian coast.

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