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The best attractions in Guinarthe-Parenties, France

Guinarthe-Parenties is a village located southwest of France. It is located in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques part of the French Aquitaine region.

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Guinarthe-Parenties is a small village located southwest of France. The city of Guinarthe-Parenties is located in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques part of the French Aquitaine region. The city of Guinarthe-Parenties is located in the municipality of Sauveterre-de-Béarn in the Oloron-Sainte-Marie district.

1. Sauveterre-de-Béarn


Perched on a gentle promontory above the rushing waters of the Gave d’Oloron, the medieval town of Sauveterre-de-Béarn not only has a remarkable architectural heritage, but also a wonderful natural environment. This particularly harmonious scene can be admired from the picturesque Legend Bridge (Pont de La Légende). A listed Historical Monument, of which an arch and a fortified gate remain, it once played an important role in the defense of the town. Take the time to soak up the atmosphere at this wonderful site, admiring the view of the Gave d’Oloron surrounded by greenery, the Monréal Tower, the bell-tower of the Church of St Andrew and the walls of Sauveterre-de-Béarn.

2. Sorde-l’Abbaye


In the south of the Landes, by the Gave d’Oloron river, on the Way of St James, you can discover the church and the remains of the Abbey of St John in Sorde-l’Abbaye. Founded in the 10th century, then reworked many times in the course of its history, this former Benedictine monastery is now open to the public for guided tours, during which you can see its chapter house, refectory, cloister, terrace overlooking the river and the exceptional crypto portico, a 70-meter-long subterranean gallery.

3. Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port


The capital of Lower Navarre and a famous stop on the Way of St James, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port charms passing pilgrims and lovers of old buildings in equal measure. Surrounded by walls of pink sandstone, the medieval town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port charms visitors with its cobbled streets lined with old houses, the old bridge over the Nive, picturesque façades along the water, its wall-walk and its imposing fortress rebuilt by Vauban, whose outline dominates the town’s skyline. To enjoy a beautiful view of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and the verdant Basque country, feel free to climb up to the citadel entrance.

4. The caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya

Caves of Isturitz entrance
Caves of Isturitz entrance

A listed Historical Monument, the superimposed caves of Isturitz and Oxocelhaya, located in the towns of Isturitz and Saint-Martin-d’Arberoue on the Gaztelu hill in the Basque country, are major prehistoric cave art sites. On your tour of this cultural and scientific site, discover Isturitz, world-famous among archaeologists for its art objects and cave engravings. Further down lies Oxocelhaya, a magnificent cave shrine famous for its splendid thousand-year-old concretions. A magical underground world full of stalactites, stalagmites, columns, waterfalls, and draperies.

5. La Bastide-Clairence

La Bastide-Clairence
La Bastide-Clairence

Don’t miss a chance to visit La Bastide-Clairence. Ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, this beautiful 14th-century fortified town in Navarre has incredible charm… The picturesque central square with arcades, typical white houses with red timbering and many arts and crafts workshops make it a very popular destination. Its imposing church is distinguished by its courtyard cemetery paved with tombstones and its interior is adorned with three floors of wooden galleries.