Curiosities of Saint Jean Pied de Port!!

I am bringing you back to one of my fav areas of my belle France. This is deep pyrénées and basque country of Saint Jean Pied de Port!!  I have written before, but left several nice pictures out and decided they should be shown in my blog, So, therefore, this is all new text and older pictures, Hope you enjoy it as I 

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (in Basque Donibane Garazi) is located in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department 64, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is located 118 km from Pau, where we were base this time , and we took the easy way by the Autoroute 64 and the D 933 via Orthez and Saint-Palais (see posts).

The town is located on 3 pilgrimage routes to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle,(Santiago de Compostela) If you arrived, by the north, you see the chapel of the Madeleine, the pilgrims entered the upper town by the Porte Saint-Jacques, then followed the rue d ‘Espagne to the bridge over the Nive. There, two routes were available to them to reach Roncesvalles: that of the port of Cize, which follows the route of the ancient Iter XXXIV of the Antonine Route linking Bordeaux to Astorga, or the easier one that joins the col de Roncesvalles (puerto de Ibañeta in Spanish) by Valcarlos, located in the Nive valley, where Charlemagne once established his camp, before flying to Roland’s aid in Roncesvalles. At the Maison Laborde, at 39 rue de la Citadelle, the welcoming staff inform the pilgrims: The pilgrims’ office is not a Tourist Office they claim for all to hear ; that of St Jean Pied de Port is responsible for tourist info. The welcoming must respect strict neutrality in the information concerning the orientation of pilgrims to refuges and other accommodation.

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In the Maison des Pélerins there is a boutique, webpage: https://www.boutique-du-pelerin.com/en/

There is ,also, a weekly market  held every Thursday, from 9h at the covered market, in season from June to September. Gourmets can find cold meats, cheeses, jams, local honey, Basque cakes… Local artisans will also be there to present their articles. The covered market is located in Zuharpeta, behind the city walls at 12 Place des Remparts. The usual outdoors market is open from 8h to 13h. These times may vary depending on the weather and the season.We loaded up coming here, love it and also visit some wonderful foodie places such as

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We went for the basque macarons at the La Fabrique de Macarons on 25 rue de la Citadelle, yummy for desserts. here they had almonds, chocolate, lemon, noix de coco, almonds with piment d’espelette, flavors that we clean up the house. Webpage: http://www.lafabriquedemacarons.fr/

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The La Caves aux Fromages  or cheese cellars is located at 2 pl des Remparts near the covered market,,We clean up on brebis(ewe)  cheeses in different shapes and textures from Ossau-Iraty region simply awesome we eat them at home like bread lol!!! On the spot they taste even better lol!!. This is the fromagerie des Aldudes who produces these wonderful cheeses for the cave. webpage: https://fromage-brebis.com/

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And to end it all, we stop by the store of Etienne Brana, one of the original Irouléguy wine and do not forget the apéritf wine Txapa ! You can, also tour their winery, but we decided to go for the wine at the store instead on 6 rue de l’église. Brief story of this venerable wine of the Basque country tell us that the family has been doing wine here for more than a century ,and already four generations of family in the wine business, In 1974 Etienne Brana and his wife Adrienne created a distillery and planted pear William. Martine and Jean their children continue the tradition today. webpage: https://www.brana.fr/

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Some webpages to help you plan your trip and all worth it are

The Basque country tourist office on St Jean de Pied : https://www.en-pays-basque.fr/territoires-et-destinations/le-pays-de-saint-jean-pied-de-port/

The city of Saint Jean Pied de Port on the way of Santiagohttps://www.st-jean-pied-de-port.fr/decouvrir/sur-le-chemin-de-st-jacques/

The French Basque country tourist office on St Jean Pied de Port : https://www.en-pays-basque.fr/territoires-et-destinations/le-pays-de-saint-jean-pied-de-port/saint-jean-pied-de-port/

There you go folks, a dandy of a town in Saint Jean Pied de Port, we love it already visited twice and looking forward for more, See my other posts on town’s many sights, worth the detour indeed

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

2 Comments to “Curiosities of Saint Jean Pied de Port!!”

  1. An awesome share! I would love to visit.❤️🌺🍮🍮

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