Since San Juan de Gaztelugatxe appeared in Game of Thrones, its popularity has only increased and during high season there can be long queues to access. For that reason, it is now necessary to book tickets to access San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. It is still free, but a ticket is mandatory when visiting between 10am and 7pm on the following dates:
- Easter, Christmas and official Spanish holidays
- Daily from June 15h until the end of September
- Weekends from the last week of March until the end of the year
Tickets can be booked in advance here.
If you are unsure whether a ticket is necessary on the date of your trip, we recommend you to try to book it online and take note as to whether that specific date is grayed out on the calendar. If it is, then a ticket is not needed.
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe – Easter 2020
During Easter 2020, the town of Bermeo will operate a service of guided visits of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, including the bus transfer from the town. The goal of this initiative is to minimize the amount of visitors getting to Gaztelugatxe by car, since this has become an issue in the last couple of years, especially during high season.
Prepare Yourself for the Visit
When visiting San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, we recommend to take it easy and don't forget a snack and some water. You can always stop at one of the many benches located off the road and take in the views. In addition, at the top of the island, next to the church there is also a small area protected from the wind with tables and benches.
There is also a restaurant/café called Eneperi on the mainland hillside in front of the islet, where you can enjoy a good meal while contemplating the gorgeous views.
The best times of the year to visit San Juan de Gaztelugatxe are spring and autumn, since it can get quite crowded in the summer months.