Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃.t‿etjɛn də ba.iɡɔʁi]; 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).

A baserri in Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry
A baserri in Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry
Location of Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry
Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry is located in France
Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
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
CantonMontagne Basque
IntercommunalityCA Pays Basque
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Jean-Michel Coscarat
69 km2 (27 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
 • Density21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
64477 /64430
Elevation146–1,049 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.

It is the main access to the Aldudes valley, having nearby the Castle, Château d'Etchaux [fr],[2] the river through the place being known as the river Nive des Aldudes.

The town is home to the renowned Day of Navarre[3] (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.


Cantons of Pyrénées-Atlantiques before 2015
Communes of the canton of Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry before 2015

Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry was the chief town of the former canton of Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry. Its 11 communes had some 5,727 inhabitants on some 311 km2 in 2006, with decreasing population. In 2015, the canton was merged into the new canton of Montagne Basque.[4]

French Communes limiting with the town of Saint-Étienne de BaïgorryEdit


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)[5]

Main sightsEdit

Saint Etienne Church

Coat of armsEdit

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 peopleEdit

  • 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 of the following period. Harispe was created a Marshal of France in 1851.
  • Jean-Baptiste Etcheverry, general councillor of Basses-Pyrénées and deputy of the Second French Empire, was born in Saint-Étienne-de-Baïgorry in 1805.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  2. ^ Château d'Etxauz
  3. ^ Rayon Journée de la Navarre / Nafarroaren Eguna Archived 2008-10-25 at the Wayback Machine (in French)
  4. ^ "Décret n° 2014-248 du 25 février 2014 portant délimitation des cantons dans le département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques | Legifrance". Retrieved 2017-07-11.
  5. ^ apparent orography of some 260 Km path of GR10
  6. ^ Base Mérimée: Église paroissiale Saint-Etienne, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  7. ^ Base Mérimée: château d'Etchaux, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)

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