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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Insee code64485
AltitudeFrom 156 to 320 meters
Surface2.73 km²
Population1716 inhabitants
Density628 inhabitants/km²


National labelIspoure at 1.1 km (3 min)
Chief townPau (at 117 km, 96 min)Ascarat at 2.2 km (4 min)
DepartmentPyrénées-AtlantiquesLasse at 2.5 km (5 min)
RegionAquitaineSearch another town


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Donibane Garazi, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the capital of Basse Navarre, 8 km from the border, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, was the final stage of the pilgrims of Saint Jacques de Compostela, the pass of Roncesvalles. This city has retained its authenticity and charm through its old buildings and cobbled streets.

His cultural identity is reflected through various facets. You will appreciate its rich gastronomic and handicraft products, its commitment to the traditions through the Basque language but also through its dances and its Basque Basque pelota games.

No doubt you will experience moments of goods and that you will leave an unforgettable memory ...


The entrance to the old city, surrounded by ramparts, offers many points of interest: pink sandstone walls, medieval streets, gardens cascade, the speaker doors, the 12th century church, the bridge Notre Dame, the Roman Bridge ...

Spain Street with its shops, rue de la Citadelle climbing between the houses of the 16th and 17th centuries, after the famous citadel built under Richelieu offers a splendid view. You can visit the museum of the Prison of Bishops and vaulted underground room warhead. Further, the Porte Saint Jacques, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, offers a nice look at the plain of Cize.

Citadel overlooking the city on the spur kept the brand Vauban, a paved ramp leads to the monumental arch and half moon.

Surrounded by mountains, the feet in the Nive, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is probably one of the most beautiful cities in the Northern Basque Country.

Tours by Country Raconteurs throughout the year for groups and summer for individuals.

Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Information pointsTourist Office of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Baïgorri


Every Monday: all day traditional market in the center. Gourmet food market until 13h the covered market.

Every Monday: 16h (or 17h in summer): pelota with bare hands.

July-August: show Noce Basque 1900.

In July and August, some Thursdays: gastronomic and craft fairs.


Roman camp of Saint-Jean-le-Vieux (5 km).

Winery tours in the many vineyards of the appellation Irouleguy on the road Irouleguy wines.

Historic site of Roncesvalles (28 km) in Spain.

The Irati forest and its many opportunities for hiking (35 km). Skiing in winter (35 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port).

The typical village of Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry: Castle Etxauz, Irouleguy cellar wines, Oilandoi chapel (12 km).

Valley Aldudes: Banca Aldudes and Urepel are the three villages of the valley. Beautiful scenery, gourmet food ... (20-30 km).

Water sports on the Nive in Bidarray (15 km).

Hiking, biking hiking, horseback donkey, horse riding, climbing, caving, archeology.

Producers of sheep cheese AOC Ossau Iraty artisanal meats, trout Banka.

Local artisans installed Ossès: potters, sneakers, ironwork ... (12 km).

Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
River sports fishing with an instructor guideSports sensationsFrom 100 € to 180 €Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Rafting or hydrospeed in Basque CountrySports sensationsFrom 29 € to 50 €Bidarray (14.1 km)

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View Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortView Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Rue de la CitadelleRue de la Citadelle
Flowery balcony of the house ArkanzolaFlowery balcony of the house Arkanzola
View of the city from the rampartsView of the city from the ramparts
Front the church, the fountain of pilgrims (© JE)Front the church, the fountain of pilgrims (© JE)
Notre DameNotre Dame
Porte Saint-JacquesPorte Saint-Jacques
Old building on the edge of NiveOld building on the edge of Nive
lintel engraved on a Basque house rue de la Citadellelintel engraved on a Basque house rue de la Citadelle
Overview of the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortOverview of the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
The NiveThe Nive
The City (© JE)The City (© JE)
One of the city gates (© JE)One of the city gates (© JE)
Ruelle (© JE)Ruelle (© JE)
Ruelle (© JE)Ruelle (© JE)
Ruelle (© JE)Ruelle (© JE)
Window of the church (© JE)Window of the church (© JE)
Other window (© JE)Other window (© JE)
Houses on the Nive (© JE)Houses on the Nive (© JE)
The old bridge over the Nive (© JE)The old bridge over the Nive (© JE)
Iraty forest (© JE)Iraty forest (© JE)
Iraty Forest (© JE)Iraty Forest (© JE)


A medieval town on the Way of St James
The fish-filled waters of the Nive run through the verdant Basque Country
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Monday 22 December
Min. 4°C - Max. 15°C
Tuesday 23 December
Min. -1°C - Max. 14°C
Wednesday 24 December
Min. -2°C - Max. 9°C


French cuisine restaurantIratze Ostatua  
Nestled in the heart of the old town, the Iratze Ostatua restaurant is a tribute to the Basque culinary culture. This cozy little restaurant décor while clad wood gets you in a friendly,...
Located in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port34 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantChoko Ona  
Recommended by many guides, Choko Ona restaurant welcomes you in a picturesque house in the heart of the Basque lands. You can taste local cuisine and regional specialties card. Maître...
Located 2.9 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port20 € per person 
South-West restaurantHôtel Restaurant Arcé  
The river and at the foot of the Pyrenees, the Hotel-Restaurant Arce has a stunning natural setting. Here the kitchen is a family history and the art is passed down from father to son....
Located 9.1 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port30 € per person 

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House with 4 bedroomsGastanchoanea    
It is in the heart of the Basque Country, in our family home in 1866 we offer 4 guest rooms with the guest table. Our house is in the midst of meadows, the foothills and 30 min Ocean....
Located 14.8 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port55 € the double room 
Farm with 4 bedroomsMaison ondicola  
For a dream holiday with family or with friends, the Basque Country has a charming guest house, the Ondicola house, located in the municipality of Macaye. An adorable family will welcome...
Located 18.1 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortFrom 57 € to 60 € the double room 
House with 4 bedroomsDemeure Rosa Enia    
In this old historic house from 1896 Isabelle, Christopher and their two daughters welcome you with simplicity and warmth. But also, just an unforgettable night in our cabins unusual...
Located 25 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortFrom 75 € to 85 € the double room 

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Apartment for 5 personsNotre petit coin d'euskal -herria   NEW
Close to all amenities. (supermarkets, sports centers, swimming pool, downtown etc.. Etc) - At the heart of Basque country, summer and winter. Saint jean pied port... In a typical building...
Located in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortFrom 350 € to 500 € per week 
House for 8 personsGîte, maison de vacance au Pays Basque  
Independent holiday cottage in the Basque Country, between the mountains and beaches : Kuxinia house very spacious and comfortable holiday home 8 to 10 people in a green and tranquil...
Located 15.3 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortFrom 450 € to 790 € per week 
Apartment for 6 personsVilla Argi Eder  
Gite very comfortable with 2 double bedrooms with private bathroom with another shower. A room with two single beds. Independent kitchen fully equipped. Lounge / dining room opening...
Located 20 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortFrom 370 € to 700 € per week 

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50 places over 1,5 haCamping Uhaitza Le Saison    
Located in the heart of Basque country in an exceptional and preserved nature, the Uhaitza campsite welcomes you with quality services in a family atmosphere. The campsite Uhaitza is...
Located 29 km from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortFrom 13 € to 19 € per day 

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Hôtel des Pyrénées - Hotel in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortHôtel des Pyrénées     
Hôtel des Pyrénées is a former coaching inn, set just 400 metres from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port’s citadel. This 4-star hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, an on-site restaurant and...
Located in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortRoom from 165 €
Logis Hôtel Ramuntcho - Hotel in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortLogis Hôtel Ramuntcho     
Located in the old town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, this hotel offers a restaurant with a terrace and guestrooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel is located 650 metres from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port...
Located in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortRoom from 64 €
Résidence Pierre & Vacances Le Parc D’Arradoy - Hotel in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-PortRésidence Pierre & Vacances Le Parc D’Arradoy     
This Pierre & Vacances residence is located in Uhart-Cize, in southern Aquitane. It has a heated outdoor swimming pool and a garden with views of the town and Pyrénées landscape. There...
Located 430 m from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

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Le Grand Large
This hotel is situated in the centre of Biarritz, 200 metres from the old harbour and 400 metres from the beach. This hotel offers a heated swimming pool....
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