Only about 40 kilometers (about 30 minutes) from Bilbao, you can discover a hidden paradise. Gaztelugatxe is an island, connected to the mainland (a town called Bermeo) by a man-made wall, representing a mini-Great Wall of China. Gaztelugatxe is a Basque word, derived from the Basque gaztelu = castle, fort and gaitz = difficult, tremendous. Together, they form gaztelu gaitza (gaztelugatxe) = the craggy fort.
There’s something magical about this place. Maybe it’s simply the sound of the ocean, the smell of the salty air, paired with the view of the majestic 10th-century church built on top of a tiny island… All I can say is, wow.