Pyrénées atlantiques  >  France

At the border between France and Spain, this site is very interesting, especially for the observation of birds of prey, but not only.

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Most recent update 4 December 2022
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Arzamendi is located in the heights of the Atlantic Pyrenees. It is a starting point for mountain treks but also a superb site for stargazing in the evening (one of the rare dark spots within reach of Bayonne) and above all for what interests us, birds. It is a mountain site covered with low grass and few trees. You often come across Griffon Vulture and quite often Red Kite and Eurasian Kestrel, recently I have also seen Peregrine Falcon, and Short-toed Snake Eagle. For small birds it's mostly Northern Wheatear and Black Redstart I think.


Français: Le site d'arzamendi est à la frontière entre l'espagne et la france, dans les hauteurs des pyrénées atlantiques. C'est un site de départ de trek en montagne mais un superbe site aussi pour l'observation des étoiles le soir (un des rares points sombre à portée de bayonne) et surtout pour ce qui nous interesse, des oiseaux. C'est un site de montagne couvert d'herbes basses et arbustes et de rares arbres. Assez haut (900m), avec de beaux dénivellés en fonction des endroits où l'on souhaite aller.

On y croise très souvent des rapaces de divers types Griffon Vulture et Red Kite ainsi que le Eurasian Kestrel , recement j'y ai vu aussi le Peregrine Falcon , et le Short-toed Snake Eagle . Coté petits oiseaux c'est surtout du Northern Wheatear et Black Redstart je pense.



It is reached by PAS DE ROLAND, near ITXASSOU. It is possible and strongly recommended to go up there by car, there is almost 30-40 minutes of climbing, on foot it is 3-4 hours I think. It is possible to stop at several very beautiful places between these two points.


Français: On y accede par le PAS DE ROLAND, pres d'ITXASSOU. Il est possible et fortement conseillé d'y monter en voiture, il y a presque 30-40min de monté, à pieds c'est 3-4h je pense. Il est possible de s'arréter à plusieurs endroits très beaux entre ces deux points.

Terrain and Habitat



No shadow , Mountainous , Rocky , Dry

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?

Can be useful

Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit

Spring , Summer , Autumn , Spring migration


Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Car , Bicycle , Foot

Birdwatching hide / platform


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