This is one of the most charming cities of the French Basque Country. It is the last stage of the Camino de Santiago before the Pyrenees. It is very touristy, and walking down the main street of the old town, note that is a mandatory stop for those doing the Camino de Santiago. There is only room for rent or shelters for pilgrims. We missed the visit to the Citadel, which is located on the top. From the top, you can see a nice lookout point with views of the whole city and the mountains. This place is lovely during the day and magical with the lights that appear in the evening.
Looking excellent at the top of this beautiful walled city, the citadel was designed by the military engineer Vauban in the seventeenth century. The King of Navarre once lived in a castle located right on this spot, and later it was destroyed by the Spanish. A path leads to the "King's Gate" (Porte du Roy), to get through we will see a gazebo, where you can enjoy a nice view. In 1920 lost its military character. It currently is the location of the public school.
The Gate of Saint Jacques is one of the front doors of this beautiful medieval fortified city. This gate is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Even today a lot of pilgrims ve make their way to Santiago stop by this gate. It is precisely, St Jean Pied de Port, the last stage of the Camino de Santiago before the Pyrenees.
These are the most captivating streets of the Basque country. There is a steep, paved road that leads to the Notre Dame du Bout du Pont to the citadel. There are little houses that are mostly white with red shoes hanging above a door, rooms for rent ... This continually reminds us that we are in one of the obligatory stops on the Camino de Santiago.
Just down the Rue d'Espagne we came to the bridge under which the river passes "The Nive." By the bridge is where you'll see the door leading to the street "de la Citadelle" without doubt one of the most charming of this side of Basque Country.
This is the first stage of the Camino de Santiago, in which we experience the crossing of the Pyrenees with views and landscapes to be experienced, the smell of the fields, peace, silence. Unforgettable.