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A baserri in Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry
A baserri in Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry
Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry is located in France
Coordinates: 43°10′02″N 1°20′43″W / 43.1671°N 1.3453°W / 43.1671; -1.3453Coordinates: 43°10′02″N 1°20′43″W / 43.1671°N 1.3453°W / 43.1671; -1.3453
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Bayonne
Canton Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry
Intercommunality Garazi-Baïgorri
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Jean-Baptiste Lambert
Area1 69 km2 (27 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,617
 • Density 23/km2 (61/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 64477 /64430
Elevation 146–1,049 m (479–3,442 ft)
(avg. 273 m or 896 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry (Basque: Baigorri) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France, located at the same time in the former province of Lower Navarre. It borders the municipality of Baztan to the west (Spain, access via the Izpegi Pass).

It is the main access to the Aldudes valley, having nearby the Castle, Echauz Castle, Château d'Etxauz,[1] the river through the place being known as the river Nive des Aldudes.

The town is home to the renowned Day of Navarre[2] (Basque: Nafarroa Eguna), a festival attracting a massive turnout (by thousands) from the Spanish and French side of Navarre in early May intended to strengthen ties between both Navarrese territories and affirming their common Basque identity.


Actual circumscriptions of the French regions limiting with Spain, from Gipuzkoa through Navarre and through Huesca Spanish regions or provinces, described now as the over 500 communes ascribed to the Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Territorial location and names of the nearby commune districts around Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry, named Santisteban de Baïgorry by the Navarrese Kings from around the year 1033 till the first quarter of the 16th century

Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry is the chief town of a district; 11 cities and villages ascribed to the French Canton of Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry had some 5,727 inhabitants on some 311 km2. in 2006, with decreasing population, against some 8500 inhabitants on the Westwards nearby Baztan area in some 376 km2., also decreasing population. Eastwards, French area of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a dowry of King Sancho VII of Navarre, deceased 1234, to his sister Berengaria of Navarre, deceased 1230, the quiet wife and widow of Angevin King Richard I the Lionheart of England, also Duke of Aquitaine and Duke of Gascony, deceased April 1199.

French Communes limiting with the town of Saint-Étienne de Baïgorry[edit]


Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry has 1617 inhabitants, as of the 2006 census.


Set in a mountainous area, Baigorri is communicated by departmental roads D15 and D948, with a coach line offering service to Ossès (Basque Ortzaize) within TER Aquitaine's network.

The Area as a part of the French GR10, French footpaths,(Grand Randonnée 10)[3]

Main sights[edit]

Saint Etienne Church

Coat of arms[edit]

Blason ville fr Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry (Pyrénées-Atlantiques).svg

The meaning in Basque is the “red bank of the river”, in this case the river Nive, flowing through Bayonne and discharging the waters in the 324 km long Adour River.

Notable people[edit]

  • Jean Isidore Harispe, 1st Comte Harispe, (Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry, 7 December 1768 - Lacarre, 26 May 1855), was a distinguished French soldier of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, as well as a of the following period. Harispe was created a Marshal of France in 1851.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Château d'Etxauz
  2. ^ Rayon Journée de la Navarre / Nafarroaren Eguna (French)
  3. ^ apparent orography of some 260 Km path of GR10
  4. ^ French Ministry of Culture: église paroissiale Saint-Etienne (French)
  5. ^ French Ministry of Culture: château d'Etchaux (French)

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