Gaztelugatxe, Spain

The name Gaztelugatxe is a Basque word, roughly translating to “crag of the castle” in English. That matter-of-fact description undersells the rough, rocky appeal of the small island on the north coast of Spain. The island’s church and hermitage, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, are open to visitors, as long as they’re willing to make the trek across the long stone footbridge and up the staircase. The original church on Gaztelugatxe dated back more than 1,000 years. Despite surviving various wars, the church was largely destroyed in a fire in 1978, but it was rebuilt and reopened two years later.



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