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San Juan de Gaztelugatxe - (Bakio-Bizkaia)

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A: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe - (Bizkaia)

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 10 meters away

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe - (Bizkaia)

B: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe - Bakio (Bizkaia)

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 40 meters away

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe  - Bakio (Bizkaia)

C: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe - Baja Mar

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 50 meters away

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe - Baja Mar

D: San Juan De Gaztelugatxe

by mikelmgm, 100 meters away

San Juan De Gaztelugatxe

E: Night of San Juan in Gaztelugatxe

by Pablo de Lapatza, 100 meters away

Hoguera de la noche de San Juan junto a San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, en Bakio

Night of San Juan in Gaztelugatxe

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by Kepa Blanco, 100 meters away

G: San Juan De Gaztekugatxe

by mikelmgm, 110 meters away

San Juan De Gaztekugatxe

H: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

by Paco Lorente, 110 meters away

Hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a small island beside the Basque coast with a bridge and a nar...

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

I: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 130 meters away

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

J: San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Bakio)

by Jose Manuel Lanza Herrera, 130 meters away

San Juan de Gaztelugatxe (Bakio)

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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