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Places: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, Spain

The coastline near Bermeo, between Cape Matxitxako and Bakio, is well-known for its spectacular eroded landscape full of caves and natural rock arches and is classified as a Protected Biotype, both for the quality of the water and the historical interest of the area, which was first documented in the 11th century.

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At the heart of this coastline stands the magical promontory of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which forms a peninsula out into the Bay of Biscay and is joined to the mainland by a bridge built on the rocks. Crowned by a small chapel eighty metres above sea level dedicated to St John, you can reach it by climbing 231 steps up a rocky slope. The rock simulates a castle in the sea, called Gaztelu-aitz (castle rock) or Gaztelu-gache (harsh or difficult castle) in ancient times. The small island of Akatx can be seen out to sea.

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El Tajo Gorge, Spain

beautiful planet Earth

beautiful planet Earth

Country Villa in Spain

Happy New Year! to those who are just waking up from all the partying from the NYE, or to those who are just logging online 😉

Here’s a great country villa in Spain – something to dream of!

Photo of the Day: Canal du Midi

This photo is of the Canal du Midi in the south of France and was taken just outside of Beziers in Languedoc. The canal was constructed in the 17th century as a shortcut from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic in order to avoid the long sea voyage around hostile Spain in pirate-infested waters. It was built by a rich farmer from the Languedoc region and opened in May of 1681. The canal has 103 locks that raise or lower traffic as necessary. (more…)

Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, Spain

Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, Aragon, Spain.

Temple of Debod, Madrid

Photograph by Robert Barrett

The ancient Temple of Debod stood in Egypt’s Nile Valley until the building of the Aswan Dam in the 1960s, when the Egyptian government gave it to Spain in gratitude for that country’s help in saving a larger temple. It now stands in a Madrid park, along with a small museum.