Irissarry is one of the first iconic places to visit when you enter the Basse Navarre. The village, which is located 15 minutes from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, is home to the must-visit Ospitalea commandery.
The Baïgura peaks and the Iparla ridges host a haven of greenery that complements the traditional architecture of the village.
Where are we?
Irissarry (or “Irisari” in Basque) overlooks the village of Ossès, which is 10 minutes away. Its location will allow you to explore the many attractions in the area. You will be 15 minutes away from the fortified town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and its citadel. Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, at the entrance to the Aldudes valley, is only 20 minutes away.
My itinerary recommendations:
● If you are arriving from the Basque Country, take the D22 road through Hasparren and Hélette. You will arrive at the top of the village. Stop here for a moment to admire the panoramic view over the Baïgura peaks and the Iparla ridges before making your way down to the village.
● If you are arriving from Mauléon-Licharre, take the Osquich pass road (D918), then the D933. The panoramic view from the mountain pass over the Saint-Palais valley is breathtaking.
In the heart of the village
Saint Jean Baptiste church
The church dates back to the 15th and 17th centuries. You will be able to admire its exterior architecture and magnificent bell tower. The church is adorned with stained glass windows telling the story of Saint John the Baptist. Make sure you take a moment to stroll through the cemetery to admire the discoidal steles.
Located near the entrance to the Ospitalea commandery, this cross reminds us that the village is a step on the Nive route (an alternative to the Compostela road which passes through Hélette and Ustaritz)
The Templars in Irissarry