Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port town



Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is a town of 1,500 people (2019) in Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France. It is a common starting point for the French Way of the pilgrim route Way of St. James, to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. The town lies on the river Nive, 8 km from the Spanish border. It is the head town of the region of Cize (Basque: Garazi), and was the capital of the former Basque province of Lower Navarre. The town's name means "Saint John [at the] Foot of [the] Pass"; the pass leads through the Pyrenees to Spain. That's where the pilgrims go.

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Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port is the starting point of The Camino Francés. You can reach Fisterra in 34 days and Santiago de Compostela in 35 days.

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