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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

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St Jean Pied De Port is in Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France.

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By plane[edit]

Fly to Biarritz airport from many airport in the UK and Ireland. For private airport transfers from Biarritz Airport to St Jean Pied de Port then contact Sea-Lifts [1] or Biarritz Airport Transfers [2]

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Regular train service to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port from Bayonne (about 1h20, ticket costs 9€).

On foot[edit]

Although St Jean Pied de Port is best known as a starting point for the Way of St. James, it also lies along the GR 10, the Grande Randonnée trail that runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.

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The Nive and one of its old stone bridges

Walk. The parts of town frequented by visitors, including the Citadelle and the entire old, walled part of town, are very compact and easily seen on foot.

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  • Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont, Rue d'Espagne. This 14th century Gothic church is a popular stop for pilgrims beginning the Way of St. James.  edit
  • Porte d'Espagne, Rue d'Espagne. One of the original city gates, located right next to Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont. The gate is one of the most easily recognizable landmarks from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to be seen in the 2010 film The Way.  edit
  • Citadelle de Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Rue de la Citadelle. 17th century fortress sitting on the highest point in town, offering terrific views of the town and beyond.  edit
  • Bridges over the River Nive. There are several old stone bridges that cross the River Nive. They are easily accessed via a walking trail along the river and are a popular subject for visiting shutterbugs.  edit

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St. James Way Marker

Begin the Way of St. James (Spanish: El Camino de Santiago, El Camino; Galician: O Camiño de Santiago, Ruta Xacobea; French: Chemin de St-Jacques, German: Jakobsweg)

This is a popular starting point, if not the most popular starting points for those who are beginning the Way of St. James. Referred to as pilgrims or peregrinos in Spanish, many international travelers choose this as the starting point in France that is closest to the Spanish border. Pilgrims will begin by reporting in to the Pilgrim's Office to obtain their credencial to begin their journey.

There are numerous businesses in town that cater to pilgrims, offering overnight rooms, hiking gear, packed lunches, and of course the ubiquitous pilgrim's staff walking sticks.

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