It’s a beautiful journey to do by foot from the restaurant Eneperi to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. You will find, at the right side of the restaurant a path that says “San Juan” that will take you to the chapel.
There is also a paved road, with better access, but with the heavy rain of these past months the road was destroyed since it sunk three meters down. This is why the only possibility is to walk down from Eneperi.
The first part is very pretty, with a stoned path where you can already enjoy beautiful views of Aketze and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. After this first part you will find a mud and slippery path. Your clothes might get quite dirty.
In spite of the good weather, the ground was a mess. From Eneperi to the road it takes about 15 minutes, and then you have to go up the more than 200 stairs, with the sound of the sea. Beautiful!
It was the second time we’ve been there, and this time was even better, since the first time someone broke into our car and broke the trunk. All of this happened while we were seeing it from the top! This is why I recommend that you shouldn’t leave any valuables in the car.
My children are champions because, even though they are young (three and five), they enjoyed the whole journey (about five kilometers way and back, with slopes and stairs). So to all parents out there: your children will enjoy it, especially the part where they can ring the bell and look for the “footprint of San Juan”! All of this while being surrounded by nature.
In this place you won’t hear the sound of cars, maybe of a sporadic airplane, only the seagulls and the sea…I love it! If you are traveling with children, the biggest danger lies halfway through the stairs, there is a path without fence (we didn’t go there), and also up in the chapel, the viewpoint that borders the back part of the chapel. So be careful.
As a curiosity, upstairs you will find a curious WC: it’s a space without door but hidden with a stone wall and a hole in the ground. Everything goes to the sea! In 1053 it was donated to the Monastery San Juan de la Peña, located in Huesca.
Rich in life and history, owner of a multicolor, steep and labyrinth-like fishing neighborhood, Bermeo was founded in 1239. There are no remains of this time, but it does have monuments from the 14th Century, when the village became fortified.
The Tower of Ercilla, the cloister of the Church of San Francisco and the temples of Santa Eufemia and Santa María give the village a delicious medieval flavor.
In Bermeo everything revolves around the port since almost 800 years ago. It concentrates people, streets, alleys and stairs.
Protecting the most important fleet of ships in the Cantabrian, the great docks fosters the busy marketplace, taverns and bars. From there, the people go out to the sea and come back full of joy or sorrow. It is also the place where the sun goes down to rest. And you can also eat there the most famous seafood of the region.