ICES Annual Science Conference 2023

Guided full day tour of the Bizkaia coast

Come and enjoy this FULL DAY tour of the Biscay coast which will include a location where they shot Game of Thrones! ​​​​

Friday 15 September
9:30 - 17:30

​​​​​​​We will start our adventure in Biscay with a short photostop in San Juan de Gaztelugatxe​, a spot that can only be described as amazing. It is a hermitage located in the middle of the sea and which can only be accessed by climbing a set of 231 steps, and which is probably the most famous print of the Basque coast, especially since the shooting of the HBO super production Game of Thrones.

From there, we will drive to Bermeo. Bermeo is a fishing village with a unique personality and charm. We will discover its cultural heritage on a walking tour, spotting the monument by Nestor Basterretxea​ honoring Benito Barrueta​, as well as the Museum of the Fisherman, and a casino with French palace appearance. Here we will enjoy the Neskatilla experience = Repair fish​​​​ing nets 

Next, we will get to Gernika where we will have the lunch and we will visit the House of Meetings of the Lordship of Biscay, with its symbolic oak tree, under which the Basques used to gather and decide on the interests of the community. We will also get to know the mural of Picasso’s famous painting “El Guernica​

  • Drive to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe: 09:30 - 10:30
  • Photostop at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe: 10:30 - 11:00
  • Drive to Bermeo: 11:00 - 11:30
  • Visit Bermeo: 11:30 - 12:30
  • Neskatilla experience: 12:30 - 13:30
  • Drive to Gernika: 13:30 - 14:00
  • Lunch: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Visit Gernika: 15:30 - 16:30
  • Drive back to Bilbao: 16:30 - 17:30

Fee: 100 EUR

Max number of participants: 50 (first registered, first served)​​​​

Registration: Sign up for the excursion at the same time as you register for the ASC. If you have already registered for the conference, send us an email and we will send you a excursion registration link.  

Your registration is binding once you have received a confirmation from ICES. Please make sure to cancel your slot if you are unable to attend. There will be a waiting list if the interest exceeds the limited number.​​

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Photo: Luismi Sanchez​​​

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Guided full day tour of the Bizkaia coast

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