Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Travel Guide

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Things to Do

  • Strolling around St Jean

    This is indeed a very special town and the way I see it, there is nothing better to do to take it all in but to stroll for hours on end and enjoy it all. Browse the little shops, go see the dungeon at the Bishop's Prison museum, walk the wall and visit the Citadelle at the top of the hill. If you're interested in the Camino de Santiago you will...

  • église de l'Assomption de la Vierge, SJ...

    a wonderful Church at the middle of the rue de la citadelle on the way to Roncevalles and Spain for those in the Way to St James.It is said to be built in 1212,and it is the most important in the pays basque after that of Bayonne. It still carries the old name by the locals as Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont. Its name officially in French iséglise...

  • house of bishops or jailhouse SJ Pied de...

    the maison des évêques ou prison is a nice small house full of history right on the main inner city street of rue de la citadelle. open from April to November on certains days and 3€ adult admission. see site for updatesIt has a big vault room with nice showing especially it was indeed a prison from the end of the 18C to the 20C (nazis imprisioned...

  • citadelle de Mendiguren , SJ Pied de...

    A wonderful old ruins covering most of the inner city and with great views over the mountains and city below. You can climb it to the top.the dept tourist page came off the middle of town at avenue Renaud and climb quickly on it. It is old ruins just to be there is nice, but...

  • Arrive At SJPdP Station fro Camino...

    Four coaches, most with backpacks and very obviously headed for the Camino de Santiago.After arrival follow the masses and head for the old street rue de l Citadelle

  • A View of Edge of the Pyrenees

    St.Jean-Pied-de-Port is in the shadow of the Atlantic-Pyrenees at the edge of the Bearn area. It is increasingly a winter sport center and has become increasingly a place where maize is grown.

  • The Weir on the Nive Stream

    Below the center of town on the river us a weir to control the flow of water past the town. Along the river are several pleasant restaurants.

  • The Rue d'Espagne

    At the far end of town after a hill toward toward the South is the Way toward the border only 7 km further. On this end of town there are extensive ramparts which run down to the river

  • Into the Upper Town

    Further down the hill there are the older buildings. On the right one of the older buildings is called the former almshouse which contains a small museum. Nearby on a wall is a plaque with an inscription indicating the pilgrimage direction.

  • Walk In the Haut Ville

    On the hill above the Ville Haut on the right near the St. Jacques gateway is the Citadel which is of the 17C with views into the distance.

  • More Views of the Church

    The best view of the church is from the South along the Nive. A view frpm the North side gives a view toward the Citadel above the upper Ville. Another view from further down the Nive River shows the Belfry and the Church. The inside of the church is simple.

  • The Church Belfry and More

    The North and Southern sides of the Belfry have statues below the top. The one on the south is the Notre Dame. That on the north is possibly an Archangel. There is nothing on the west and south sides. It gives a nice view of the rue d'-Eglise

  • The West Front of the Assumption Church

    The church of the little old city of St. Jean is in the rue d'Eglise and its west end projects over the bridge edge. It is called the Church of the Assumption or alternately Notre Dame. The western entrance has an arcade of small statues upon it of various types ranging from grotesques to church leaders to grape clusters and leaf groups.

  • Accueil des Pelerins

    The Accueil des Pelerins, or Pilgrims' Welcome, is an oft-visited centre in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. It has information on the route and is a great place to meet up with other pilgrims en route to Santiago, but if you're not on your way to make the pilgrimage, there isn't really a lot to see or do here. Nevertheless, given the popularity of the...

  • Maison des Evêques

    The Maison des Evêques is a mediaeval structure that is now open to the public as a museum. This area was frequently engulfed in the religious wars of the 16th and 17th centuries, not least because of its proximity to Navarre, where King Henry I was a Protestant monarch. I don't remember the exact story behind the house, but I believe that at one...

  • Rue de la Citadelle

    Rue de la Citadelle is the major street that runs through the old town of St. Jean Pied de Port. In fact, now that I think about it, it may be the only street running through the inside of the ramparts, if you exclude that little piece of Rue de France that enters through the Porte de France. This street is typically what you would expect from a...

  • Rue d'Espagne

    Rue d'Espagne is essentially the continuation of the Rue de la Citadelle on the opposite side of the Nive from the Citadelle. It does not have the same charm and old-world character of the town within the walls, and this is largely because it is packed with shops hawking anything and everything that might be considered Basque or Basque-inspired....

  • The Ramparts

    Donebane Garazi is a fortified town, and its ramparts and various other defensive structures have been incredibly well maintained. It is one of the aspects of the town that is so attractive, especially if you walk up from the train station and enter through the Porte de France. Surprisingly, the ramparts can be accessed by simply going up...


Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Hotels

  • Hotel Ramuntcho

    This hotel is situated about half way up the hill in the main street which runs through the Old...

  • Hotel Central

    Rue Du Trinquet, 64220, Saint Jean Pied de Port, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • VVF Villages Garazi

    17 chemin de Kuruchamendy, Saint Jean Pied de Port, 64220, France

    Good for: Families

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Restaurants

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    Cafe Ttipia Chez Peio: Brasserie

    by lomi Written Aug 27, 2010

    There are many restaurants and cafe's offering plat du jour of a lunch-time in this town. My advice is start looking for somewhere to eat just after 12pm as everywhere gets busy, especially in August.

    We found Chez Peio by default as everywhere we looked, seemed to be busy the day were were there. However we noticed a couple leaving some seats outside this cafe and immediately took their place. I'm rarely dissapointed when eating out in France. Be patient if its August! It took a while to get served but we were not dissapointed by the food.

    Favorite Dish: we ordered the lamb chops, which arrived with an enormous salad, a jug of the local Rosè wine and basket of bread. The lamb was divine.

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Transportation

  • Express Bourricot

    Sadly St Jean Pied de Port is not as easy as some places to get to and from. If you choose to fly from Paris to Biarritz you can then get a bus to Bayonne train station and a train to St Jean OR you can choose to travel with Caroline, a lovely young lady who speaks French, Spanish and English and runs her own little shuttle service. The more people...

  • How to get in and out SJ Pied de Port

    We came by car one way thru the mountains. We set out on the N134 direction Oloron Sainte Marie, and here took the road D919 direction Aramits (yes please the famous member of the 3 muskeeteers is from here ,the film Aramis personage real name Henri d’Aramitz) so I can say been to see Richelieu, D’Artagnan, Athos, Porthos ,and now Aramis. My motto...

  • petit train Saint Jean Pied de Port

    the unique present of the petit train or little train in each town is a must nowdays. To have a ride brings you back to younger days and for the more adults, let you see the main points of the town before deciding which ones to see up they are managed by the mairie or city hall government. Open from April 14 to November 2 and cost is...


Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Shopping

  • Irouléguy wines

    OVer the years I have followed wines and many régions of our world; the Irouléguys were one of them, and after trying some, the Etienne Brana are my house take for this region.These are excellent wines, done with care by a lover of his region and its wines. The apéritif Txapa is great as well for a before meals drink.I leave you the tourist office...

  • Gastellou is SJ Pied de Port

    we were wandering about town, and the covered market not open so rather buy the goodies of the area and eat it at a nice park we found at Place Floquet.So we pick this one, was very typical with lots of local people, and we hit a find... Maison Gastellou the butchery, traiteur, bakery , pastry place par excellence we always seek in France.The...

  • covered market of SJ Pied de Port

    This is you get the best here, buy and cook it, right from the farm, big place nicely done away from the crowds of tourist but it will get filled on market day.The market was outside the city walls since the 18C now by the Place Charles De Gaulle and Place du Trinquet you have stands selling non food items such as textiles, artisanat, and leather...


Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Local Customs

  • La Boutique du Pélerin, SJ Pied de Port

    could be in shopping but such a stron tradition of coming here for things needed for the way to Santiago the store has become a reference for many and a must stop for all.32 rue de la citadelle , this is the main inner city street and cannot missed it coming from the citadelle on your left hand side. Open every day from 7h to 19h.for contact other...

  • the park by place Floquet, SJ Pied de...

    This is a nice small park on an overview of the city, behind it are amusement parks folks and to the side is the covered market. The square we use for our picnics while looking down of the folks, and many locals came here too for there is a children playground and a nice fountain.Just a leisure way to see the town and even a wedding passing by ::)

  • Basque in Donebane Garazi

    Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, or Donebane Garazi (much the same in Basque) is in a heavily Basque-speaking area. This is rather odd for France, where the government and educational system were heavily stacked against the preservation of the Basque language. Perhaps the process of urbanization and the flight of youth to the cities has helped the language...


Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Off The Beaten Path

  • Take a walk in the countryside

    Unfortunately, my leg was bothering me badly when I visited Donebane Garazi, and I wasn't able to wandering about in the areas surrounding the town. It wasn't for lack of desire that I didn't hike a bit - the green hills and fields just call for you to take an hour or two to explore the valleys and paths. The countryside is absolutely spectacular,...

  • Route d'Uhart

    I couldn't find the official name of this square, but it is pretty easy to find, as it is where the Route d'Uhart (a large street) meets the Rue d'Uhart (a small street branching off from the Rue d'Espagne). It has an interesting monument to a French politician, Charles Floquet. Actually, the monument is interesting because it is entirely in Basque...

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Favorites

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    the gates or portes of St Jean Pied de...

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2014

    Favorite thing: wonderful entry points to cities and citadels the gates are very nice and wonderful to walk or drive underneath them. Here at Saint Jean Pied de Port there are numerous around the inner city and citadelle fortress ruins.

    Also to look at old bridges many times link to these gates is great. one of the hightlights here was to walk all over in and out of these gates.

    Fondest memory: the gate or porte Notre Dame, right next to the Church assomption of the Virgin or Notre Dame au bout du Monde. Past it you are on your way to Roncevalles and Spain on the Way to St James (Santiago).

    Porte Notre Dame and belltower of church porte Saint James/Jacques ,rue de l'��glise Porte de France at rue de France bridge over the Nive in old town rue de la citadelle and porte Notre Dame
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