Where are we ?
When you’re in Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, you are in the heart of Basse Navarre. The village is at the foot of the Ispéguy Pass, which leads you to the Spanish Baztan valley, only 20 mins away. I highly recommend stopping at the pass to admire the panoramic view over the mountains. The listed town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port is only 10 km away, passing through the village of Irouléguy.
Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry is the gateway into a valley rich in gastronomy: the Aldudes valley, home to the village of Banca with its trout, Aldudes and its AOP Kintoa and Urepel, entrance to the Pays Quint.
Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry is surrounded by some of the most famous mountain peaks in the region, for example the Iparla ridges and the Oilandoi peak with its chapel.
Did you know?
● Charlie Chaplin stayed in Etxauz Château three times, in 1925, 1926 and 1931.
● Bertrand of Etxauz: Grandson of Lord Gratien d’Etxauz, he was chaplain to King Henri IV and King Louis XIII. He was also the bishop of Bayonne and archbishop of Tours
● Jean Harispe: born in Etxauz Chateau, he led the division of Basque chasseur infantry against Spain during the Napoleonic wars. He was made Marshal of France. You can see the bust of Marshal Harispe in the Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry public garden.
Since 2016, the village has been the first trail station in the northern Basque Country. Four trails are possible, as well as workshops for short hill, long hill and vertical kilometre runs. To get to know the terrain, you can start with the 5km training trail on the Oilandoi mountain slopes.
If you wish to go further, you can try the 8km trail along the GR10. On the way back you will pass through the Mitxelene quarter, a perfect way to end the trail with a wonderful view over Etxauz Château.
For the truly dedicated, you have the choice between two 15km trails. The Ispéguy loop will test your resolve on the way up to the top of the pass. The Buztanzelai loop allows you to tackle the Iparla cliffs.
The main events in Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry