If there is a mythical path, it is that of Saint Jacques de Compostela. It constitutes a great human adventure already more than 1000 years old making the pilgrims dream. The door Saint Jacques , classified World Heritage by UNESCO, located at the entrance of Saint John Pied de Port , already delivers a promise. Indeed, the city of Saint Jean Pied de Port is the starting point of the mythical mountainous stage known as the Ports de Cize. This stage leads to the Collegiate Church of Roncesvalles crossing the Pyrenees.
The pilgrims take the road, and go down the street of the Citadel. They make a stop at Notre Dame du Bout du Pont church and then go up the rue d’Espagne, before rushing towards the Cize passes. This is probably one of the most difficult stages of the Saint Jacques de Compostela Path , however, it is also one of the most beautiful.
Between the Côte Basque and the Spanish border, at the foothills of the Pyrenean foothills, Saint Jean Pied de Port is the most visited fortified village in the Pays Basque.
A must on the way to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Nafarroa Garaia is a real jewel of the Basque hinterland. It is also the starting point for many discoveries in the Basque Country.
Rich in historical heritage, Saint Jean de Port has many architectural treasures protected under the Historical Monuments legislation. Among the essential, we can mention: