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Top Choice Area in St-Jean Pied de Port

Walled Town

Though modern St-Jean has expanded considerably, during medieval times the entire town was enclosed by defensive ramparts guarding France's southwestern corner against incursions from across the Spanish border. The …
Top Choice Gastronomy in St-Jean Pied de Port

Chez Arrambide

This two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Hôtel des Pyrénées is renowned for miles around, and is where chef Firmin Arrambide works wonders with market produce. It's a high-class treat, where dishes are as arty as…
Fortress in St-Jean Pied de Port

La Citadelle

From the top of rue de la Citadelle, a rough cobblestone path ascends to the massive citadel itself, from where there's a spectacular panorama of the town and the surrounding hills. Constructed in 1628, the fort was…
Cafe in St-Jean Pied de Port

Café Ttipia

Fresh, wholesome dishes are served under the plane trees on a beautiful riverfront terrace in summer – expect seasonal local specialities, charcuterie and classics like steak frites. It's also one of the best places…
Market in St-Jean Pied de Port

Monday Market

Farmers from the surrounding hills bring fresh produce – chillies, local cheeses and much more – to the town's Monday market. In high summer, a weekly handicraft and food fair is held most Thursdays in the covered m…
Monument in St-Jean Pied de Port

Prison des Évêques

Dating back to the 14th century, this vaulted cellar served as the town jail after 1795, as a military lock-up in the 19th century, then as a place of internment during WWII for those caught trying to flee to nomina…