The capital of Lower Navarre and a famous stop on the Way of St James, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port charms passing pilgrims and lovers of old buildings in equal measure...
Surrounded by walls of pink sandstone, the medieval town of Saint-Jean-Pied- de-Port charms visitors with its cobbled streets lined with old houses, the old bridge over the Nive, picturesque façades along the water, its wall-walk and its imposing fortress rebuilt by Vauban, whose outline dominates the town's skyline. To enjoy a beautiful view of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and the verdant Basque country, feel free to climb up to the citadel entrance. It's worth the effort, as the view is magnificent! Then on the way back down Rue de la Citadelle, after crossing St James' Gate (Porte Saint-Jacques), take the time to admire the old houses decorated with carved lintels or do some shopping in the shops along the way. At 41 rue de la Citadelle, stop by the Bishops' Prison, where the museum has a permanent exhibition devoted to the Way of St James in medieval times!
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 ...
Things to see and do
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.