From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

4.6 / 5

58 reviews

From Bilbao: Gaztelugatxe and Gernika Tour

From $78.52 per person

Learn more about the history of the Basque Country on a trip to the amazing rock islet of Gaztelugatxe from Bilbao. Visit some of the local villages and get some free time to climb to the hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 5 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Bilbao.


2.5 hours
  • Bilbao

  • 50 minutes
  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (free time)

  • 30 minutes
  • Bermeo (visit)

  • 25 minutes
  • Gernika (visit)

  • 35 minutes
  • Bilbao

Pickup included
Main stop
  • Get magnificent views of the Bay of Biscay from San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
  • Learn more about the history of the Basque Country and its people
  • Visit the historic town of Gernika and see the famous oak tree
Full description
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bilbao, and then get back to nature on a trip to the amazing rock islet of Gaztelugatxe, located on the coast of Bizkaia just 35 kilometers from Bilbao city center. Arrive at the viewpoint and get 2 hours of free time to explore independently. Use the time to climb to the 10th-century hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, where you can touch the bell of the chapel three times and make a wish. Soak up the stunning views of the Bay of Biscay before traveling to Bermeo to take a walking tour of the charming fishing village. Continue to the historic town of Gernika, site of one of the first aerial bombings by Nazi Germany, and visit the Casa de Juntas (Assembly House) with the famous Tree of Guernica that symbolizes the traditional freedom of the people.
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Transportation
  • Guide
  • Insurance
  • Lunch
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water

Know before you go

  • There are 241 stairs if you want to climb to the top of the rock, so wear comfortable shoes
  •  Children from 2 to 12 years old get a 50% discount but must be accompanied by at least 2 adults
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 58 reviews

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Stephan was an absolutely fantastic guide - very nice man, very funny and very knowledgeable about history and the Basque culture. This was one of the best trips of stay in the Basque country and we have learnt so much from him. We are also thankful to Stephan for his recommendations for places to eat for the best Pintxo's and the fantastic Txakoli wine! You were right! Eskerrik asko Stephan - you're the best! From Stephanie and the Egyptian Maori

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February 1, 2020


This tour was well worth the time. Odds are you’ve never seen a place as unique as Gaztelugatxe. The only word of caution that I would share is that the trek from the bus to the shoreline is all down hill - so wear a good pair of walking shoes, bring water, and give yourself ample time to return to the bus. The 1300 meters up will take quite a bit longer than it does going down. Otherwise, you’ll absolutely love this tour!

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September 20, 2019

overall good but had a few issues

1) I believe I booked a "private tour" (perhaps I'm mistaken) but we were on a bus with about 30 people or so - it worked out OK but please make sure your advertisement is accurate. 2) The tour was supposed to be 5 hours - from 8:30 to 1:30. We were called the night before and we were told that we would be picked up at 8:00 - they spent 1/2 hour picking up everyone else. We didn't return until 2:30 which created a problem because I had other family members waiting for us with other plans. If it's going to take 6 hours, you should say that. Finally, 3) the guide had to speak in English and Spanish - I would suggest tours in only one language. Despite these criticisms, we had a nice tiem.

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July 15, 2019

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