Saint Jean Pied de Port is the traditional starting point for the Camino Frances. My grandma lives just 35 minutes away so I’ve been there many times before, but always during the summer when the town is bursting with pilgrims, market-goers, and other tourists.
We visited the town on Christmas Eve on a rainy, foggy morning and it was pretty close to a ghost town. That didn’t stop us from enjoying a stroll along the cobblestoned streets of Rue de la Citadelle past the shops and restaurants (which were mostly closed up) all the way to the Mendiguren Citadel.
While it was definitely slick and somewhat dangerous getting up there in the rain (I was cursing my shoe choice, as always) the citadel offered a fantastic view of the town and surrounding countryside.