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Great views from the top but town itself very touristy

Large free car park which was a surprise. Nice walk up to top and worth it for the views, streets... read more

Reviewed August 18, 2018
fabatfiftyCambs
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
Getting Ready for "El Camino"

We love this place. Small city. Kind of hard to walk if you go to the top, but it has great views... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2018
sermar99
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 25, 2016 via mobile

Simple yet very calm place. I started my camino here in SJPP and spent some time thinking here. It is very popular among locals. One of the places I remember very clearly. Good place to come to think, thank and express gratitude to.

1  Thank Aino H
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Reviewed November 29, 2014

A good vantage point to look down at the historic medieval village and the surrounding Basque countryside. Very open space with some of the plaques with the info in English as well as French and Basque.

2  Thank Steve Q
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Reviewed August 18, 2018

Large free car park which was a surprise. Nice walk up to top and worth it for the views, streets are cobbled so appropriate footwear helps (but not essential according to some of the people we saw !!). Streets on approach to the path full...More

Thank fabatfiftyCambs
Reviewed August 10, 2018

We love this place. Small city. Kind of hard to walk if you go to the top, but it has great views. Shops inside, and lot of walkers, nice gates and old buildings. If you are on a car, be careful, roads at entrances are...More

Thank sermar99
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

I believe if you are interested in old forteress then there must be something to it. Apart from the point of view, the lining of tourist shops selling everything and nothing make this citadelle a bit boring. The main city doors have been well preserved...More

Thank Olivier G
Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

I highly recommend taking a walking tour of the citadel le. It is very centrally located and the views of the surrounding countryside are amazing. I just walked and sledding go into any buildings. Can be a bit treacherous when wet. Good way to orient...More

1  Thank Scott W
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

The citadel is perched above the town of Saint Jean Pied de Port. From the citadel there are excellent views, of not only the town, but the surrounding valleys and the Pyrenees off in the distance. The citadel itself is very basic but still worth...More

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Reviewed December 3, 2017

This is a town full of pilgrims and tourists. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988 and is really quite lovely with its elegant old buildings and narrow cobblestone streets. Since the middle ages, it has been the starting point on...More

Thank John M
Reviewed October 12, 2017 via mobile

Walk up to the top for a fabulous view of the countryside. A lovely walk up the main road. Stop along the way at some lovely shops and pubs. Enjoy the ambiance.

Thank rainbow16
Reviewed October 6, 2017

You can't go into the building (it's a school) but you can walk the walls and of course visit the shops within the walls. Very interesting buildings and the information boards make fascinating reading. So many pilgrims still walking the route!

Thank IanandGilly
Reviewed September 12, 2017 via mobile

The climb was hard(especially when pushing a baby in the trolley on cobblestoned street) but it was worth the hard work. The view from top is breathtakingly beautiful.

Thank rajatjmail
Reviewed September 11, 2017

We enjoyed our visit to St Jean and the citadel was wonderful to see, such amazing structures built so long ago for the protection of the town, worth the walk

Thank L0uise1958
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