Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Saint John at the foot of the pass) is a small French town, just five miles from the Spanish border. It is a traditional starting point of the Way of St James, the Camino de Santiago. Traditionally, this begins at the Gate of St  James, below.

Before we set off, a visit to the town church is in order, Notre-Dame-du-Bout-du-Pont. In comparison with most of the Spanish churches we will encounter later, it is somewhat austere.
Some town views.

Porte d'Espagne

Bridge over the River Nive
On to Ibaneta and Roncevalles   

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