Joyeuse (river)

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Country France
Basin features
Main source Iholdy
River mouth Bidouze
43°21′13″N 1°1′34″W / 43.35361°N 1.02611°W / 43.35361; -1.02611Coordinates: 43°21′13″N 1°1′34″W / 43.35361°N 1.02611°W / 43.35361; -1.02611
Progression BidouzeAdourAtlantic Ocean
Physical characteristics
Length 27 km (17 mi)

The Joyeuse, is a left tributary of the Bidouze, in the French Basque Country (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), in the Southwest of France.


Its name Joyeuse, that applies also to the Aran River and one of its tributaries, is the name of the sword of Charlemagne. It was attributed after the battle of Roncevaux. At this time, many breaches or narrow passes in the Pyrenees were renamed in reference to Roland.


The Joyeuse rises in Iholdy and flows into the Bidouze in Saint-Palais.

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Main tributaries[edit]

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