Saint Jean Pied de Port is in Pyrenees-Atlantiques in France. Please click on the links below to find the best holiday accommodation and attractions in the Saint Jean Pied de Port area, or explore some of the towns and villages in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques area using the links on the right. So come and discover the beauty and heritage of Saint Jean Pied de Port .
An important passage in the crossing of the Pyrenees, being at the foot of the mountain pass, the Col de Ronceveaux, St Jean Pied de Port, capital of the Basse-Navarre, gained importance from the 12th century, although it was well known to the Romans and Visgoths. Relics of their passing can be found in the surrounding valley.
The town is situated 20 kilometres from d'Ostabat, and is the convergence of 3 arteries of Jacob's way. It is a stopover still for 21st century pilgrims and hikers coming from the four corners of the globe on the trail of Saint Jacques de Compostelle.
The ancient town houses by the river Nive, the narrow streets, the church and the roman bridge are very photogenic. La Porte St Jacques, has been classified as Patrimoine Mondial de l’Humanité by UNESCOWalk down la rue de la Citadelle to admire the facades and sculpted lintels. Visit the Prison called the Evêques. Stop at the church of Notre Dame at the bridge with foundations from the 13 century.
In rue d’Espagne which climbs towards Roncevaux, you can find the architecture of the traders and artisans, and the chisseled lintels in grey pink stone from Arradoy.
At the top of the long road you can view the city from the ramparts and as the night falls see St Jean Pied de Port with another eye as the roads become illuminated.
There are activities throughout the year but especially in summer.
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