Music Festivals in Basque Lands

Organ built by Remy Mahler in the cathedral Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, France.

Organ built by Remy Mahler in the cathedral Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, France.

The 14th Festival de Basse-Navarre will be held 16-18 August 2013 in Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, France.  In 2000, I visited the mountain town during my long walk across France and learned about the unique festival featuring the Remy Mahler organ in the cathedral.

The township of  St. Etienne de Baïgorry commissioned the organ in 1999 in the style of 17th and 18th c. organs of Southern Germany which was built by one of the last traditional organ builders, Remy Mahler.


I found my lodging by chance.  While trekking downhill from the Iparla Cliffs, I saw the official farm stay emblem at the entrance of an attractive manor house.  The Hargain family, my hosts at Jauregia, welcomed me with open arms.

Jauregia, Urdos, Basque France.

Jauregia, Urdos, Basque France.

I recommend this historic, modernized manor house B&B in Urdos.  You’ll sleep well in Urdos,  a quiet farming hamlet just a short walk from Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry.  Daniel Hargain, a mountain guide, offered maps and footpath route suggestions that made my journey easier as I walked cross-country.

There’s also an International Music Festival in Eugi, Esteribar, Basque Navarra, to be held this year from 31 July to 4 August 2013. Chamber music festival held in three locations: Eugi and Zubiri in Basque Spain and Bidarray in Basque France.

Note: Bidarray is a different town than St. Etienne de Baïgorry (sometimes shortened to Baïgorry), although they do sound similar.


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