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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Saint-Palais is a southwestern city in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, halfway between Pau and Bayonne. Mixe capital city in the Basque province of Lower Navarre, Saint-Palais is also an essential stage of the pilgrimage of Saint-Jacques de Compostela.

The origins of the town date back to the Middle Ages, to the twelfth century. It then becomes a foundation of the Kingdom of Navarre in the thirteenth century.

Labeled green holiday, the city offers a perfect setting in the heart of Basque country, between tradition and modernity.

Featuring among others an equestrian center, sports facilities, hiking trails and rivers, the city offers many activities for couples, families or friends. The city center is also lively with its weekly market, bars and restaurants in which to sample the local fare. Saint-Palais also many shops.

One can also admire the heritage of the city, including the house of the Heads, St. Mary Magdalene Church, the Holy Jayme trinquet, or facades and gardens on the banks of the Bidouze.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude43.3274080 (N 43° 19’ 39”)
Longitude-1.0329990 (W 1° 1’ 59”)
AltitudeFrom 52m to 263m
Surface area7.44 km²
Population1992 inhabitants
Density267 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePau (88 km, 1h08)
Insee code64493
IntercommunalityCC d'Amikuze
TerritoryAquitaine, Béarn-Basque Country, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Aïcirits-Camou-Suhast1.7 km (4 min)
Béhasque-Lapiste2.6 km (4 min)
Garris2.8 km (8 min)
Arbérats-Sillègue4.3 km (7 min)
Amendeuix-Oneix5 km (7 min)
Beyrie-sur-Joyeuse5.2 km (10 min)
Luxe-Sumberraute5.7 km (7 min)
Domezain-Berraute6.8 km (11 min)
Orsanco7.2 km (10 min)
Béguios7.2 km (10 min)
Larribar-Sorhapuru7.2 km (10 min)
Gabat7.3 km (10 min)
Uhart-Mixe8.5 km (11 min)
Etcharry8.9 km (10 min)
Arbouet-Sussaute9.3 km (10 min)

Things to see and do

Saint-Palais offers many activities and sites to visit to suit all tastes.

Discover a rich local heritage by borrowing attractive routes in the countryside and villages from Saint-Palais. The way to discover the City's Wood is an easy path that will appeal to families, with an explanation about the flora, trees and picnic tables available. This short and secure ride was labeled Stroll Deck by the departmental committee Hiking, its accessibility for people with reduced mobility traveling with and strollers. The Smugglers Trail delight for its athletes, with a crossing of the Basque Country since Saint-Palais to Hendaye, horseback and mountain biking. This course is aimed at riders and mountain bikers confirmed. We can also do a bike ride from the Tourist Office Saint-Palais with Gabadi circuit.

The equestrian center Saint-Palais also offers various activities such as horseback riding or introductory courses on horses and ponies.

The city also has an entertainment center for children.

Saint-Palais also invites you to discover its cultural heritage, traditions and gastronomy. Among the important monuments include the House of Heads, where lived the Basque historian Oyhenart the sixteenth century, the Sainte-Madeleine church and its unusual organ "Cavaillé-Coll" neo-Gothic inaugurated in December 1873 or yet the Holy Jayme trinquet, historical monument inaugurated in 1891.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Saint-Palais market, which takes place on Friday morning in the covered market in the town, is the opportunity to discover the specialties of the region.

It also includes the market in winter fat on Friday from mid-November to mid-February.

Every year in late July, held the Festivities of Saint-Palais, with many festivities with local colors.

In autumn, roasted pigeon is one of the key specialties to discover. It has long been the high reputation of tables Saint-Palais.

The city also hosts an annual major event, which highlights the Basque traditions, the Force Basque festival. This event takes place every year on the first Sunday following August 15 at the municipal pediment. He was introduced to Saint-Palais in 1951. It is a unique spectacle in the eyes of the visitor. Eight teams from Saint-Palais and neighboring villages compete in six spectacular and ancient races that are the tug of war, the rise of the haystack, the rising of the cart, the sawyers, racing bag of wheat and lumber.


Monday 23 october
Min. 7°C - Max. 17°C
Tuesday 24 october
Min. 5°C - Max. 24°C
Wednesday 25 october
Min. 8°C - Max. 26°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Taste the Basque cheese Ossau-Iraty on a farm
Local flavoursFreeSaint-Just-Ibarre (14.9 km)
Canoe trip on a small country river
Nature and the great outdoors15 € to 25 € La Bastide-Clairence (22 km)
Water Jump springboards on Lake Arroques
Sports sensations20 € Guiche (23 km)
River sports fishing with an instructor guide
Sports sensations100 € to 200 € Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (25 km)
Rafting or hydrospeed in Basque Country
Sports sensations30 € to 51 € Bidarray (26 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
La Bidouze educational trail
HikeEasy3h00Guiche (25 km)
HikeAthletic5h00Barcus (26 km)
Tour of Occostey with a donkey
HikeEasy3h00Irouléguy (27 km)
Tour of Orx Marsh
HikeEasy2h30Orx (41 km)


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