Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle, Pyrenees-Atlantiques tourism & sightseeing
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Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle is a traditional basque village a short distance to the east of Sain-Jean de-Luz.
France This Way comment: Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle is not one of the most visited of the basque villages in this region, but the small centre merits a visit if you are passing, and the nearby leisure lake is a popular attraction with locals and visitors
Start your visit to Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle with a walk through the centre of the village to see the basque style houses.
You quickly reach the church that dominates the centre of the village: although there was already a church here before the 17th century, the current church of Saint-Pierre was largely built at that time. The church entrance is through a porch at the base of the large tower that dominates the end of the church.
Inside you will immediately notice the remarkable altar, that occupies the entire end of the church and has numerous statues and gold features. The floor of the church has numerous funeral slabs some of which pre-date the church, and all three sides of the nave have a series of three balconies: this is a feature of churches in the basque region that is rarely seen elewhere.
Outside the church you will find a large park which follows the banks of the river and has a large childrens play area: the park is ideal for a picnic. Elsewhere in Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle there are two historic bridges and a lavoir.
The main attraction for visitors to Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle is a few kilometres east of the village at the Lac de Saint-Pée: to reach the lake follow the road towards Espelette from the village centre.
This leisure lake is well maintained and very popular with runners and walkers as well as swimmers and those using canoes on the Lac de Saint-Pée. Visitors with children will also enjoy the sandy beach on the edge of the lake and the playground and activities.
Attractions near Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle
The train that goes up the La Rhune mountain is a popular and very enjoyable attraction close to Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle that takes you to the top of the mountain that overlooks this whole area. There are lots of other basque villages close to here, including Espelette, Ainhoa, Sare, Itxassou and others (I have listed them in my own order of preference in case you don't have time to visit all the villages).
A tour of these traditional Basque villages around Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle and the train ride up La Rhune together make for a very nice short break or can be visited as excursions from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, itself a charming seaside resort.
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Address: , Aquitaine, , France || GPS: latitude 43.3575, longitude -1.549444
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Sare: most beautiful village (6 km)
- Ainhoa: most beautiful village (7 km)
- Jardins de la villa Arnaga: remarkable garden (12 km)
- Anglet: ville fleurie 4* (14 km)
- Bayonne cathédrale de Sainte-Marie (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (16 km)
- Bayonne: secteur sauvegarde (16 km)
- La Bastide-Clairence: most beautiful village (25 km)
- Marais d'Orx: site of natural beauty (30 km)
- Vallée des Aldudes: site of natural beauty (30 km)
- Porte St Jacques - St Jean Pied-de-Port (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (33 km)
- Sorde l'Abbaye - abbaye St Jean (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (44 km)
- Forêt d'Iraty: site of natural beauty (55 km)
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