Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and its valleys
The Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port area, also called “Pays de Cize”, is the region of Lower Navarre around the village of Saint-Jean-Pied-Port, classified as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France”.
Bordered by the Spanish border on one side and by the valley of Saint Etienne de Baïgorry on the other, the Way of St. James pilgrimage route and the GR 10 hiking trail both cross through this region. It is also where Irouléguy wine (PDO) is produced and the vines can be admired on mountainside terraces.
La Soule region and the Iraty mountains
La Soule and the Iraty mountains are certainly the wildest regions of the Basque Country.
Its mountain villages, its local Soule dialect (very particular version of the Basque language), its myths, its pastoralism but also its "outdoor" activities in a natural setting, make this small territory a genuine cradle of culture.
The Nivelle valley has, on one side, the first mountains of the Pyrenees and, on the other, the beginning of beautiful green countryside.
A few kilometres from the main seaside resorts, life in the villages of the Nivelle valley is pleasantly tranquil with the tempo being set by the production of Espelette pimento pepper, agriculture and livestock farming, as well as recreational activities such as hiking, mountain biking and canoeing.