Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Opening hours

Closed

  • Monday 08:30 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:30 pm
  • Tuesday 08:30 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:30 pm
  • Wednesday 08:30 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:30 pm
  • Thursday 08:30 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:30 pm
  • Friday 08:30 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:30 pm
  • Saturday 08:30 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:30 pm
  • Sunday 08:30 am - 12:00 am 02:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Opens Wednesday at 08:30 am

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Location : In the countryside

Province : Basse Navarre

  • English
    • Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port : a medieval fortified city in the heart of the Basque Country

      Capital of Lower Navarre, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Donibane Garazi in Basque) owes its name to its geographical location at the foot of the passes or ports of the Pyrenees. The most famous of these is undoubtedly the Ibañeta / Roncesvalles pass, made famous by the legendary battle in which the rearguard of Charlemagne's army, commanded by Roland, was defeated by Basque fighters. This highly strategic position has enabled Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to assume the status of a key city in the Kingdom of Navarre.

      The richness of its historical and architectural heritage gives it an undeniable tourist attraction : a major destination in the Basque Country. Surrounded by walls, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is dominated by a Citadel, a true jewel of military architecture, with its ramparts, ditches and underground passages. Vauban left his mark there both in terms of its architecture and its interior design. It protects the various districts of the city, the country of Garazi and offers an incomparable panorama on the valley of the Nive and the surrounding mountains.

      In Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, each building plunges visitors into the past. Citadel, walls, Porte Saint-Jacques (inscribed by UNESCO on the list of World Heritage of Humanity under the Ways of Saint Jacques de Compostela in France), Gothic church, Prison des Bêques, Maison Mansart are all 'invitations to explore. As you walk through the cobbled streets of the historic heart, you will be charmed by the architectural heritage and in particular the beautiful houses in the traditional Basque style. The pink sandstone which brightens the facades, the lintels crowning the entrance doors, the half-timbering on the upper floors are some of the architectural features of the city.
      The classification among "The Most Beautiful Villages of France" testifies to this richness and also rewards all the efforts undertaken to preserve, protect and enhance this heritage.

      Terroir with multiple flavors, the city constitutes a showcase of the territory thanks to its many local shops but also to the unmissable events, such as the weekly Monday market and the Local Producers and Craftsmen market. Producers from the villages of the Garazi mountains offer a very diverse range of local products (cheeses, Irouléguy wines, cider, pork and cured meats, cold meats, pastries, honey or jams, etc.).
      Faithful to its tradition of hospitality, with nearly 60,000 pilgrims per year, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is an essential stopover on the Way of Saint Jacques de Compostela. It is a well-deserved stopover before the formidable and dreaded ascent of the Pyrenees towards the collegiate church of Roncesvalles.

      Ongi etorri !

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Traveller Reviews Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

4.4 sur 5 19 reviews

  • Mikel Dissard

    1 sur 5 Reviews posted by Mikel Dissard on 24/09/2022

    Maintains outrageous football pitch. Multiple holes, slippery plates, impossibility of turning on the projectors, nets not fixed which entails a DANGER OF CHILDREN AND PLAYERS AND MULTIPLE INJURIES. It's a SHAME for your children and citizens

  • Annie Vella

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Annie Vella on 26/07/2022

    Staff of the town hall accommodating and above all with a friendliness as we are not used to finding in town halls or other establishments of this kind. Thank you very much to them, mainly the young woman and the gentleman who takes care of identity card and passport renewals. With a kindness that gives pleasure.

  • Pascal MARTIN

    1 sur 5 Reviews posted by Pascal MARTIN on 22/07/2022

    Welcoming pilgrims and tourists with grinders and jackhammers in this month of July... congratulations to the person who decides to program the works in the city... a little peace of mind would be good in this period.

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Address

64220 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

GPS coordinates

43° 9'47.3"N, 1° 14'17.19"W

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