From next Monday 20 November 2017, access to San Juan by Ermu will be closed to the public for vehicles and pedestrians due to the works of "Repair works of the pavement of access to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe by Ermu". Pedestrians can access on foot through the Eneperi road.
This road will remain closed for approximately one month, depending on weather conditions-
Mass is held on 24 June, 31 July, 29 August & 30 December
At the top of the rock stars the Chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, which can be reached via 241 carved steps. The steps start at the bottom of the cliff, which takes around 15 minutes to walk down. You should therefore calculate around 75 minutes for the return trip from the car and coach park.
In 1963 a statue of Our Lady of Begoña was sunk to the seabed here
· Tradition says that after climbing to the Chapel of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe if you ring the bell three times your wishes will come true and you will be free of evil spirits.
· Although litter bins are provided, please take any refuse away with you so as to help keep the surroundings clean and tidy.
In summer Gaztelugatxe is very popular with visitors, so the best time to see it is early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The sunsets here are spectacular, especially in June and July (and can be viewed from on board the Hegaluze)
The path is very steep. Make sure that you wear suitable footwear.
The climb is not recommended for persons of reduced mobility or families
with small children in pushchairs, etc.
It is always advisable to carry drinking water with you.
Please observe the traffic signals and instructional signs.
This rocky promontory looks like a castle on the sea. Its name may derive from one of two expressions in Basque: Gaztelu-aitz (castle rock) or Gaztelu-gache (rough or harsh castle).
There are many traditions and beliefs centred on San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, such as the idea that if you ring the bell three times your wishes will come true and you will be free of evil spirits. When the fishing fleet of Bermeo put out to sea for the long tuna fishing season, and when a new vessel is christened the crew make various turns to port and starboard as a way of asking the saint to give them luck.
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