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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques
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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!

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

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 ramparts, medieval streets, cascading gardens, perimeter doors, the church of the twelfth century, the bridge Notre Dame, the Roman Bridge...

The streets of Spain with its shops, the street of the Citadel that rises between the houses of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, after the famous citadel built under Richelieu offers a splendid view. You can visit the museum of the Prison of Bishops and its vaulted underground room warhead. Further, the Porte Saint Jacques, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, offers a nice glimpse of the plain Cize.

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

Surrounded by mountains, the feet in the Nive, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is undoubtedly one of the finest cities in the northern Basque Country.

Tours by Country Raconteurs all year for groups and summer for individuals.

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View Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
View Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
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Citadel Street
Citadel Street
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flowery Balcony of the house Arkanzola
flowery Balcony of the house Arkanzola
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view of the city from the ramparts
view of the city from the ramparts
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front of the church, the fountain of pilgrims (© JE)
front of the church, the fountain of pilgrims (© JE)
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Notre Dame
Notre Dame
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Porte Saint-Jacques
Porte Saint-Jacques
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Old building edge of Nive
Old building edge of Nive
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lintel engraved on a Basque house rue de la Citadelle
lintel engraved on a Basque house rue de la Citadelle
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Overview of the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Overview of the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
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Nive
Nive
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one of the city gates (© JE)
one of the city gates (© JE)
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Ruelle (© JE)
Ruelle (© JE)
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Ruelle (© JE)
Ruelle (© JE)
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stained glass window of the church (© JE)
stained glass window of the church (© JE)
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Other window (© JE)
Other window (© JE)
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Houses on the Nive (© JE)
Houses on the Nive (© JE)
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the old bridge on the Nive (© JE)
the old bridge on the Nive (© JE)
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Iraty Forest (© JE)
Iraty Forest (© JE)
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Forest Iraty (© JE)
Forest Iraty (© JE)
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