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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