Game Of Thrones : San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Land of Peyredragon Castle
San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, land of Game of Thrones
Even without being a fan, we’ve all heard about the famous Game Of Thrones series that unleashes passions, a phenomenon already presented in our review of the book Understanding Game Of Thrones when you’re not a fan, and our articles about filming locations in Northern Ireland and Scotland, the Azur Window in Malta and Croatia
Beaches, plains or mountains, the landscapes of the series are known to be breathtaking, but also some heads. Between each epic, there must be a few places to rest, and we must find emblematic ones.
One of the most incredible castles is that of the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, the castle of Peyredragon. It is located in Spain, near Bilbao, in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe to be precise.
Gaztelugatxe means “castle-rock”, and this name suits it well, even if it is not a castle that you will find at its summit. This one actually houses a splendid chapel built at the end of the 19th century. Why is the production team particularly interested in such a recent construction? Probably more by his history.
Place of worship, strategic location for war, refuge for a hermit, target of Sir Francis Drake but also a fall point for witches during the Spanish Inquisition, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe could well play another role. The very first chapel dates back to the 9th century, but was burned several times. Rather ironic for a castle that is home to dragons.
To enjoy the splendid panorama from the top of this rock, it will cost you sweat and blood, because a long walk awaits you in this nature reserve, and these 241 steps to reach the much desired chapel. When you get up there, remember to ring the bell three times and make a wish!
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