LE PAS DE ROLAND

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A legendary image is attributed to this narrow passage carved into the rock in the Laxia Narrows. Roland is Charlemagne's nephew. In August 778, he was part of the rear guard of his army at war with the Saracens (actually the Basques) and ridden to the pass where he could push them back to Spain. At Itxassou, it skirts the Gave river fiercely and comes up against an impassable rock. It was then that he grabbed his sword, which never left him, brandished it and carved a passage for the soldiers. Durandal saved them, they can continue. Roland leaves his footprints on the rock. Unfortunately, braving the danger with courage and without an escort, he died at the pass known as the Col de Roncesvalles on August 12, 778, (we find the legendary hero in the gesture song, La chanson de Roland). In any case, the superb landscape is worth discovering this steep, narrow ascent, during which sometimes only one car can pass... So why not decide to do it on foot from Itxassou or by bike with preferably an electric assistance! A little further on, in about twenty minutes by car, you reach the Col des Veaux (a wind) on the border with Spain.

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LE PAS DE ROLAND

Laxia
64250  Itxassou/Itsasu
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Visited in october 2018
Magnifique endroit à découvrir au bord du gave, même si on ne croit pas à la légende.
Vous pourrez également admirer le vol des vautours.
Mieux vaut laisser sa voiture sur les parkings avant d'effectuer la montée (les 64 sont prioritaires !lol!).
Notice filed on 10/27/2018 
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Visited in march 2018
Superbe endroit en pleine montagne basque .
Ce garer en amont car la route est très étroite et se garer n'est pas facile du tout.
Le rocher est une curiosité à voir
Le cadre est magnifique , la promenade très agréable .
Découvert sous un temps pluvieux , mais sous le soleil , ce doit être magique .
Notice filed on 04/29/2018 
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Visited in june 2017
a voir,possible en voiture a condition d’être prudent,je suis un peu resté sur ma faim,je m’attendait a autre chose,mais le cadre est sympa
Notice filed on 07/29/2017 
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Visited in april 2017
Le guide le précise, mieux vaut y aller à pieds, le passage pour les voitures y est vraiment compliqué!
La ballade (très facile) longe une rivière jusqu'au fameux rocher percé, en contrebas de la route.
La visite permet d'allier promenade en plein air et petite leçon d'histoire pour les enfants!
Notice filed on 05/26/2017 

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