One of the most extraordinary views of the world isn't from the top of a great skyscraper or atop a mountain, but right at sea level. It's Gaztelugatxe, an islet on the coast of Biscay (a province of Spain). It was discovered in the 10th century but it remains remote in all its natural glory.
Gaztelugatxe is the smaller of the two islands.
You'll see it on the far right side of this photo, next to its neighboring island, Aketze. Getting to Gaztelugatxe isn't going to be easy.
Aitor Lopez de Audikana
It's connected to the rest of the coast by a narrow path and staircase of more than 230 steps that pass over a two-arch stone bridge.
The church at the top of the island is thought to have been built by the Knights Templar in the 10th century.
In the year 1053, Lady Tota Ortiz y Enneko López donated it to an influential monastery.
The island has been invaded and plundered many times over the course of its history.
If you can make it to the top of the grueling climb, you'll see one of the earth's most striking views.
The staircase is one of the oldest in the world.
Sorry, no escalator here. Those monks must have had some serious glutes.
But the view is totally worth it.
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