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It is located in the valley and irrigated by the river Nive de Arnéguy, in the department of Pyrénées Atlantiques, and belongs to the historical Basque-French territory of Lower Navarre. The municipality of Arnegi/Arnéguy includes several villages or neighbourhoods, including Ondarolle, through which the Jacobean route also passes, as well as the cheese route. At the end of the last Carlist War, in 1876, King Charles VII crossed the Arnegi/Arnéguy international bridge and went into exile in France. Arnegi/Arnéguy was for a long time an important customs checkpoint on the main road between France and Spain.

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To discover What to see in Arnegi - Arnéguy?

 

Arnéguy offers magnificent landscapes to enjoy, because having so close the Pyrenean mountains, the walks and walks are a real tourist attraction, apart from its attractive gastronomy. One of these walks brings the visitor to the remains of the Urkulu fort, already on the border of Spain, which is a tower of Roman origin that seems to have been built on top of the mountain to commemorate the Roman conquest of Aquitaine. In the village you can admire the parish church of La Asunción which dates from the 17th century, although it has been quite reformed, it has a beautiful baroque altarpiece decorated with gold.

Ondarolle

Festivities

 

Arnéguy celebrates festivities in August the weekend after the 15th.

 

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Curiosities

 

The river Nive in Arnéguy forms a natural border, this river flows between meadows and groves that the autumn gives them a special color and beauty.

Parish Church of La Asunción in Arnegi/Arnéguy

The Legend

 

Legend has it that the tower on Mount Urkulu, on the border with France, is actually the tomb of the nymph Pirene. The nymphs were a kind of female divinities who inhabited the seas, rivers, forests and mountains.  Pirene lived happily in the mountains of this land, and there he met Hercules, a mythological Roman hero, and between the two a passionate love arose, but they could not be together until Hercules fulfilled the mission he had been entrusted to capture Cerberus, who was the three-headed dog guardian of the gates of hell. Pirene was so sad waiting for the return of his beloved that he died of grief. After fulfilling his mission, Hercules returned to his lover and when he found her lifeless, he called her with such desperation that his name resounded throughout the mountain range, thus giving rise to his name, Pyrenees, and there he built for her a tomb that would be a monument to his impossible love. Today, as mute witnesses, there remain the remains of the tower on top of the mountain that, of course, bears the name of Urkulu, perhaps Hercules in its origins.

 

 


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Getting to Arnegi - Arnéguy by car

 

Arnéguy is in the middle of the N-135 that from Pamplona reaches here passing through Roncesvalles, among other localities. The same road, but already on the French side and as D-933, connects Arnegi/Arnéguy with the nearby Saint Jean Pied de Port, From Arnegi/Arnéguy also departs the D-128, which communicates the town with Ondarolle and even connects with the D428, road that follows from Saint Jean Pied de Port the other road that uses the Way of Saint James to cross the Pyrenees.

 

By bus

 

Arnéguy has a bus service on Tuesdays and Fridays that connect it with Pamplona and stop in the neighborhood of Pekotxeta at the Spanish sale. On the other hand, in the March to November season, there is a bus service from Pamplona every day, which covers the Pamplona-Saint Jean Pied de Port route with a stop at nearby Valcarlos. For further information, the telephone number of the company providing the service is 902 422 242. 

The nearest bus station is in Saint Jean Pied de Port.

 

By train

 

The nearest train station is Saint Jean Pied de Port which has daily connections with Bayonne station.

Avenue Renaud 64220 Saint Jean Pied de Port.

Tel 05.59.37.02.00, information and reservations 08.36.35.35.35.

 

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WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Remarkable

7:05 h.23.5 km.

Stage 01b Variant of Valcarlos
Difficulty-RemarkableRed difficulty category, level 2. Stages with large slopes or important distances, which require good physical preparation.
MOUNTAIN WAY OF SAINT JAMES
2
Difficulty-High

8:05 h.24.8 km.

Stage 01 Saint Jean Pied de Port-Roncesvalles
Difficulty-HighRed Difficulty Category, level 3. Mountain stages in low-lying terrain, where there are no major difficulties. They need sufficient experience and training for this type of terrain. These are fairly "easy" itineraries with gentle mountain slopes.
WAY OF SAINT JAMES
1
Difficulty-Moderate

5:35 h.21.7 km.

Stage 02 Orreaga-Roncesvalles-Zubiri
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IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Medium

2:00 h.4 km.

Footbridge of Holzarte
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IN FAMILY NATURAL HERITAGE
1
Difficulty-Medium

2:00 h.4 km.

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