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The Enchanting Island of Gaztelugatxe is the Perfect Place for Soul Searching

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There are many secluded areas around the world that can offer you a view to leave you breathless. The enchanted isle of Gaztelugatxe might be among of the most delightful areas you could ever visit. Situated in the Bay of Biscay, just outside of Basque country, the cone shaped isle simply have one structure standing on it – the little hermitage of San Juan de  Gaztelugatxe dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The island is reachable through a narrow rock bridge that elegantly leaves you to the hermitage. Legend says that once you have scaled the 241 steps leading you to the hermitage, the bell should ring, and therefor you should make a wish.

 

The isle isn’t just known for its centuries-old hermitage.

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It also played a strategic part in historical conflicts.

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Based on records, it was used as a bastion against Alfonso XI, the King of Castile; seven knights from Biscay pushed the monarch to pull away and made a stand. In 1596, the isle was assaulted again, this time by his troops and Sir Francis Drake, who ransacked the isle and threw the solitary hermit inhabiting it off the cliff.

Now, tourists flock to the historic island for its relaxing and tranquil environment.

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The scenic view and the soothing sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks…;

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…; are what makes this old-time island a favorite among nature lovers.

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This might be an ideal place to meditate and reflect for those planning your holiday.

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