Bermeo Travel Guide

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Bermeo Things to Do

  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

    Set in a superb location on the coast the island of Gaztelugatxe is now tied to the mainland by a causeway. The hermitage of San Juan is at the top of the monticule. There are apparently over 200 steps down and then up to get to the chapel, which for the most part is closed, although there is a covered area on the right for meditation and a good...

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  • San Pelaio hermitage. near Bakio.

    On the coast road that leads from Bermeo to Bakio, is this small Romanesque chapel. Dating from the 12th c. it has been renovated but is basically the same as 1000 years ago and is thus one of the oldest Christian buildings in the whole Biscay area. It has a portico that runs completely round the building under the pitched roof. The chapel was...

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  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

    A small island connected to the mainland by an artificial bridge.On the top of the island there is a small monastery with many "ex-voto" of sailors who were rescued during emergencies.You can reach the top of the hill by climbing a long and winding path that includes 229 steps. From up there there is a magnificent view over the coast of Vizcaya and...

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Bermeo Restaurants

  • Plenty of bars and restaurants

    There are plenty of bars and restaurants in Bermeo, many located around the plaza and streets surrounding the harbour. A good range of pintxos and meals are available (depending on time and day).The restaurant of the casino has been recommended to me but I have never tried it. Seafood and fish is fairly endemic!

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  • Go for some fish...:)

    Manny restaurants offer good meals in a typical interior. All close to the port and making dishes with fresh products, and above all fresh fish... Try out the local standards : bacalao (cod) and merluza (hake)... and a bottle of Rioja... hmm !

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Bermeo Nightlife

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    by mocca Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We didn't really go out in Mundaka or Bermeo, but we did experience a Fiesta. And if you are in Spain, a fiesta in any village is a must see.
    It was great, had bands, good food, good drinks, the lot basicly. It was the Dia del Pescador. So all the local people are dressed up in old fishing outfits,a and the just go mental for a long weekend.

    Dress Code: If you can find an old tradition fishing outfit, put it on. Otherwise just come as you are (they will know you are a tourist anyway, so need to try to blend in)

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Bermeo Transportation

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    by timtregenza Written May 16, 2005

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    Bermeo is about an hour from Bilbao, with trains running at least once an hour. The cost of a return ticket is under 5 EUROs.

    If you get the train, watch out of the right hand side (facing the driver) and enjoy the view of the river estuary and sea as you come into Bermeo (from Gernika onwards).

    Bermeo Station
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Bermeo Local Customs

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    by timtregenza Written May 16, 2005

    The sea is a dangerous place. For this reason fishermen are superstitious. The fishing vessels in Bermeo are emblazoned with their motifs.

    Fishing vessel badge, Bermeo
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Bermeo Warnings and Dangers

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    by timtregenza Written May 16, 2005

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    Bermeo is not flat, it is on a hill heading steeply down to a harbour. Although better than Elantxobe, there are an awful lot of steps that make it not the most pushchair friendly place in the world!

    Lots of steps in Bermeo - honest!
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Bermeo Off The Beaten Path

  • The road to Bakio

    The road from Bermeo along the coast to Bakio is one of the pretties in the world. If you are with a car, drive slowly and take in the amazing scenery. And make suru you will have enough film in your camera, cause you will keep on shooting.

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  • San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

    Hermitage standing on a rocky peninsula of the road between Bermeo and Bakio.231 steps bring you from mainland to the little church on the hil...A must do and a beautiful sight over the rugged parts of the coast.

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Bermeo Sports & Outdoors

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    by mocca Written Oct 19, 2003

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    Mundaka has some of the best waves in the world, and not many will argue about this. The lefthander at the mouth of Ria de Mundaka is worldclass, with since a few years is the host of the Billabongpro, an ASP WCT event.
    And even if the waves are a bit smaller, you can always go to Bakio where the waves are twice the size of Mundaka (but just remember, they won't hold the size Mundaka does!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    Equipment: Just your normal quiver, just make sure you have a fast down the line board when Mundaka throws it's juice at you.

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Bermeo Favorites

  • Armed 'bous'

    Bou is a kind of fishing boat. Basques armed their fishing boats with little cannons, and they tried to defend their own sea by these boats. The cannons they used were smaller than the cannons that a tank use nowadays.The followings were the most important bous: Nabarra, Gipuzkoa, Donostia, and Gasteiz, and Bizkaia.You will find this monument at...

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  • BASQUE NAVY

    The Basque Navy was one of the military units most singular and worse known about those who took part in the Civil war, 1936-39. It was created in October, 1936 to help to the Spanish Republican Navy in the protection of the maritime traffic and the fishing activity in own waters, and in order that it was supporting free of submarine mines the...

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