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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, capital of Lower Navarre, 8 km from the border, in the department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, is the final stage of the pilgrims of Saint Jacques de Compostela, before the Roncesvalles pass. This city has preserved its authenticity and charm through its old buildings and cobbled streets.

Its cultural identity is reflected in various facets. You will appreciate the richness of its gastronomic and artisanal products, its attachment to traditions through the Basque language but also thanks to its Basque dances and Basque pelota games.

No doubt you will live beautiful moments and your stay will leave you with an unforgettable memory...

Things to see and do

The entrance to the fortified town labeled Plus Beaux Villages de France, surrounded by ramparts, offers many points of interest: the pink sandstone ramparts, the medieval streets, the gardens overlooking the fortifications, the gates of enclosure, the 13th century church, the bridge Notre-Dame, the Pont dit Romain...

The street of Spain with its shops, the street of the Citadel which climbs between the houses of XVIe and XVIIIe centuries, with at the end the famous citadel of the XVIIe century which gives a splendid view. You can visit the Bishops' Prison Museum and its vaulted underground vaulted room. Further, the Saint Jacques Gate, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a nice view of the plain of Cize.

The citadel overlooking the city on the rocky outcrop has kept the mark of Vauban, a paved ramp leading to the monumental arch and the half moon.

Surrounded by mountains, feet in the Nive, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities of the North Basque Country.

Guided tours by Country Tellers all year round for groups and in summer for individuals.

Places of interest

Information points
Transport

Events and festivities

Exhibition at the Bishops' Prison: Celia Esclava, From Needle to Needle
Show of Danses Basques
Empty Attic Instant
Old Vehicles Rally
Market
Family Canyon
Show of Danses Basques
Wine Market Irouléguy
Golden Star / Basque Pelota at Cesta Punta
Visit of the Citadel

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View of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
View of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
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Citadel Street
Citadel Street
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Flowered balcony of Arkanzola house
Flowered balcony of Arkanzola house
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View of the city from the ramparts
View of the city from the ramparts
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In front of the church, the fountain of the pilgrims (© J.E)
In front of the church, the fountain of the pilgrims (© J.E)
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Church of Our Lady
Church of Our Lady
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Museum of the Bishops Prison
Museum of the Bishops Prison
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Old building on the edge of Nive
Old building on the 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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General view of the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
General view of the city of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
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The Nive
The Nive
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One of the gates of the city (© J.E)
One of the gates of the city (© J.E)
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Lane (© J.E)
Lane (© J.E)
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Lane (© J.E)
Lane (© J.E)
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Stained glass window of the church (© J.E)
Stained glass window of the church (© J.E)
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Other stained glass window (© J.E)
Other stained glass window (© J.E)
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Houses on the Nive (© J.E)
Houses on the Nive (© J.E)
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The old bridge over the Nive (© J.E)
The old bridge over the Nive (© J.E)
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Iraty Forest (© J.E)
Iraty Forest (© J.E)
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Iraty Forest (© J.E)
Iraty Forest (© J.E)
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