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.
Book a tour of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe
If you are in Bilbao and don’t have a car, the easiest way to visit is by taking part in an organized tour of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. These tours include transport and tickets so you don’t have to worry about anything. We highly recommend this option because public transport to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is complicated and very time consuming.
Book your ticket for San Juan Gaztelugatxe
Access to Gaztelugatxe 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 10th until the end of September
- Weekends from the last week of March until the end of the year
Prepare Your Visit to Gaztelugatxe
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.