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Learn more about the valley
The Compostela road passes through the village of Saint-Michel ("Eiheralarre" in Basque). The Huntto quarter is an inevitable stop for walkers. They can find places to eat and spend the night if they are not doing the stage in just one day. A few kilometres higher, the hamlet of Orisson is the final place along this stage where you can find a place to eat and sleep. Saint-Michel is also where you can find the remains of the Chateau Pignon redoubt, where one of the Spanish attacks on the French revolutionary army took place in 1793.
Estérençuby (or "Ezterenzubi'' in Basque) is the final village in the valley. At the highest point of the village, the GR10 trail crosses the Phagalcette plateau. This stage connects Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Iraty forest. The village is known for being the source of the Nive river. However, although the river bed is to be found in both villages, the source is actually located in Spain. The famous Harpea Cave can be found in Estérençuby. Located near the Orgambidé pass, it’s accessible along a hiking trail. One of the possible itineraries is to take the car up through Orion forest, then park at the Orgambidé pass and walk to the cave.