San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Facts – GOT’s Dragonstone Filming Location

     San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Facts – For die hard fans of blockbuster movies and popular TV shows like Game of Thrones – an American fantasy drama television series brought to the screen by HBO. The stunning filming locations always caught the attention of the viewers as it truly gives us the real-life imagination of the show. From the city of Belfast of Northern island where the Kings Landing/Dorne is partly filmed. Up to the countries of Croatia, Malta, Morocco and Iceland. Those are just few Game of Thrones filming location where devotees of the show and travel enthusiasts eagerly wants to visit.

     Now adding on your list of travel destination is Spain. Particularly in the enchanting islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Dragonstone) where the grand and majestic homecoming of Daenerys Targaryen happens.  If you want to get to know more about this alluring location, we have gathered San Juan de Gaztelugatxe facts you probably never knew about. Let’s get into it!!

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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Facts – GOT’s Dragonstone Filming Location

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1.  According to the website EuskoGuide, the name “Gaztelugatxe” comes from the Basque language “gaztelu” which means castle and “gaitz/aitz” which means “rock.”  It was named after the Jewish itinerant preacher – St. John The Baptist. In which his footprint is still visible and feast is celebrated every 24th of June in the island.

2. Situated in the Bay of Biscay, the picture perfect island of Gaztelugatxe is about 35km east from the city of Bilbao, between Bakio and Bermeo in the Basque Country of Spain.


3. As seen on Game of Thrones Season 7, Gaztelugatxe is connected by a narrow man-made stone bridge path. In which you will be going up for 200+ steps. To reach the top and witness the wonderful 360 degree 80 metres above sea level view of the island.

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4. But unlike the show, there’s no such thing as castle and Dany’s fancy throne room in the island. Only a church and bell outside. In which you need to ring three times to make a wish and remove bad spirits according to an old legend.




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5. The church dates from 10th century donated by Don Iñigo López Lord of Biscay.  To the monastery of San Juan de la Peña near Jaca in Huesca and in 1970’s it was burned down by fire. For more detailed information of the site head over here: Gaztelugatx WikiPedia

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6. The best time to visit and witness the breathtaking view of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Island is in autumn or spring. Because unlike summer it’s more peaceful and less visitor.

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7 thoughts on “San Juan de Gaztelugatxe Facts – GOT’s Dragonstone Filming Location

  1. I have been up to that part of Spain before. I spent a night in San Sebastian. However I knew nothing about this island. It looks quite picturesque and I will have to add it to my list of places to see in Spain.

  2. I would love to go see this place in person. It looks so beautiful and serene. I will have to look out for it on Game of Thrones.

  3. These are great facts about San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. I haven’t really watch Game of Thrones because I don’t have cable but I think it maybe on Netflix and if so I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing the facts and the amazing photos.

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