Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port tourism and travel guide

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is situated in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. For detailed visitor information see the Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port travel guide.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Saint-Palais at 25 km and Cambo-les-Bains at 25 km.

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!



at 23 km (direction north-west)

Less visited than some of the traditional Basque villages here, Itxassou is very pleasant...

See Itxassou guide


at 25 km (direction north-east)

Saint-Palais is a small town on the Bidouze river in the historic Navarre region...

See Saint-Palais guide


at 25 km (direction north-west)

Cambo-les-Bains is a small pleasant town, best known for its thermal waters and the...

See Cambo-les-Bains guide


at 26 km (direction north-west)

Home of red hot chillies, Espelette is a very traditional basque village in the...

See Espelette guide
Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame

Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame

Church at 26 km (direction west-north-west)

The church in Ainhoa is a traditional Basque church with rows of balconies around...

See Ainhoa church of Notre-Dame guide


Most Beautiful Village at 27 km (direction west-north-west)

Betwen sea and mountains, the basque village of Ainhoa is listed among the most...

See Ainhoa guide
La Bastide-Clairence

La Bastide-Clairence

Most Beautiful Village at 29 km (direction west-north-west)

Labastide-Clairence is another of the most picturesque villages in the Basque region...

See La Bastide-Clairence guide


Most Beautiful Village at 32 km (direction west-north-west)

Sare is one of several traditional Basque towns in the western Pyrenees, with lots...

See Sare guide


at 33 km (direction west-north-west)

Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle is a small basque village with a popular leisure lake...

See Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle guide
Sauveterre church of Saint-André

Sauveterre church of Saint-André

Church at 35 km (direction north-east)

The church of Saint-André in Sauveterre is an interesting and charming roman style church...

See Sauveterre church of Saint-André guide


at 36 km (direction north-east)

The view from the terrace in front of the church in Sauveterre-de-Béarn is one...

See Sauveterre-de-Bearn guide
La Rhune

La Rhune

Scenery at 36 km (direction west-north-west)

The Rhune is a small Pyrenees mountain that you can go up in a...

See La Rhune guide


at 39 km (direction east-north-east)

Laas is a pretty village with a castle and roman style church in the...

See Laas guide
Bayonne cathedral

Bayonne cathedral

Cathedral at 41 km (direction north-west)

Bayonne cathedral is an imposing gothic style cathedral with a beautifully restored apse and...

See Bayonne cathedral guide

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Markets in and near Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Market days in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: weekly market: Monday all day;

  • Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: market Monday all day (0km)
  • Saint-Palais: market Friday (24km)
  • Cambo-les-Bains: market Wednesday & Friday (26km)
  • Tardets-Sorholus: market Monday (31km)
  • Ustaritz: market Saturday (32km)
  • Aramits: market Sunday (41km)
  • Bayonne: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (41km)
  • Anglet: market Thursday & Sunday (42km)
  • Bidart: market Saturday (42km)
  • Navarrenx: market Wednesday (42km)

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Tourist attractions near Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France

What to do at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardins de la villa Arnaga (25km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Vallée des Aldudes (17km)
  • Forêt d'Iraty (22km)
  • Gorges d'Holzarté (31km)
  • Gorges de Kakouetta (37km)
  • Gorges de Kakoetta (37km)
  • Cirque de Sainte-Engrâce (39km)
  • Cirque de Saint-Engrace (39km)
  • Gorges d'Ehujarre (40km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is in the south-west of France at 72 kilometres from Pau, the department capital (general information: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is 690 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Canton: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Arrondissement: Bayonne

Department: Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Region: Aquitaine

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 64220

Distance to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

from Pau (prefecture): 72 km

from Paris: 690 km

from Calais: 896 km

from Nice: 689 km

from Bordeaux: 193 km

from Strasbourg: 919 km

Getting here

Most visitors fly into Biarritz airport (Bordeaux is another option). Allow at least 8 hours for the drive from the cross-channel ferries. For driving distances to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 15 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Ahaxe-Alciette-Bascassan, Aincille, Anhaux, Ascarat, Bussunarits-Sarrasquette, Bustince-Iriberry, Caro, Irouleguy, Ispoure, Jaxu, Lacarre, Lasse, Saint-Jean-le-Vieux, Saint-Michel and Uhart-Cize.

This page in French: Visiter Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port