Petit Palace Arana
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... were able to access parking easily, the hotel staff were friendly and helpful and the room was comfortable. After settling in we hopped on the bright green Euskotren which is a modern tram system that circles key areas in Bilbao. Our hotel is located right across the street from the terminus station. We decided to visit the older area, Casco Viejo, and browse around. It's a delightful area with stone buildings, narrow alleyways and ...
... but that doesn't stop any of the celebrations that welcome Marijaia to open Aste Nagusia 2015. We eventually make our way through the crowds from Arriaga to Plaza Nueva wander around all sides of the square before returning to hotel to leave wet weather gear. Before we can get out it start to storm and rains hard for a couple of hours. The rain stops by 22.00 so we make our way to ...
... Deba a fishing port. It's called Itxaspe and it's right on the cliffs. Not only that it's got a 20k circular mountain bike trail right outside! Life is good.. Got the Stumpjumper out the next day for it's first outing and it was a brilliant ride. Celebrated the day's work that night with a Paella and a few Amstels in the restaurant.
Moved on again to Lekeitio, a lovely port with a free overnight camping area. It's got a beautiful Island that you can walk to ...
... most impressive buildings I have ever seen. The Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry, is really avant garde. The only complaint I had was no sunshine to see it shine to it's full potential. Most of the building is covered by half-millimetre thick "Fish-scale" titanium panels. On the inside are three levels around the central atrium and ...
... I stick out here but I think it's worth mentioning.
Anyway, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe is basically a very old church on top of a hill. No one really knows its origins but it is probably the most photographed area of the Basque Country. I would like to stick with the "it possibly belonged to the Knights Templar" rumor though.
The word Gaztelugatxe comes from the Euskera "gaztelu" meaning castle and "aitz" meaning rock. Enjoy the pictures!
And yes I did ring the bell.