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The village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

At the foot of the passes of the Pyrenees, the village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port takes shape, classified among the most beautiful villages of France, in the heart of the Pays de Cize. The history of the town dates back to the 12th century. This fortified and medieval city still remains today a crossroads and an important place of convergence for the surrounding valleys. You will enjoy strolling through the town's cobbled streets, discovering all its beauty: the small craftsmen's shops, the so-called “Bishops' Prison”, the ramparts and the Citadel.

To find out more about the activities to do in the village and the best addresses in the area, we invite you to come and meet us at the reception. We will share with you our good advice and we will provide you with tourist documentation. From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, it is easy to travel throughout the Basque Country.

The Ways of Santiago de Compostela

The village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is one of the most famous stages on the Way of St-Jacques-de-Compostelle, also one of the last stages before Spain. Every year, the village is the place of passage for thousands of walkers who want to reach Santiago de Compostela on foot, by the famous Napoleon road. After Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, pilgrims will begin crossing the Pyrenees. The village becomes a meeting point for tourists, pilgrims, history buffs and food lovers.

The Aldudes and Baigorri Valleys

These two valleys are less than 10 minutes drive from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. They are made up of five picturesque villages: Ossès, Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, Les Aldudes, Banca and Urepel. From these villages, you will get superb panoramas over the region, beautiful walks in the heart of villages steeped in history and visits as close as possible to the Basque Country.

The Irati forest

In 45 minutes by car, you will be in the forest of Iraty, in the village of Larrau. On the border between France and Spain, this site represents the largest beech forest in Europe. Wild and protected flora and fauna await you there. You may be lucky enough to come across shepherds who have come with their flocks.

The beach

An hour's drive separates you from the seaside and ocean beaches. Go to Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz or Hendaye, to discover their famous fine sandy beaches where you can indulge in idleness and sunbathing, but also water sports such as surfing. Their city center is also full of monuments and history to discover.


In the region, you will not have time to get bored. In less than thirty minutes by car, you will be on exceptional sites, combining nature and activities. Go to the reception to find out all the good addresses. You can practice fishing, cycling, canoeing and white water sports.