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