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Nive in Bayonne
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Commune Estérençuby, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Bidarray, Cambo-les-Bains, Ustaritz, Villefranque, Bayonne
 - left Nive d'Arnéguy, Nive des Aldudes, Bastan, Laxia
City Bayonne
 - location Pyrenees, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
 - elevation 360 m (1,181 ft)
 - coordinates 43°03′39″N 1°11′50″E / 43.06083°N 1.19722°E / 43.06083; 1.19722
Mouth Adour
 - location Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
 - elevation m (10 ft)
 - coordinates 43°02′40″N 1°28′27″W / 43.04444°N 1.47417°W / 43.04444; -1.47417
Length 79.3 km (49 mi)
Basin 1,030 km² (398 sq mi)
Discharge for Cambo-les-Bains
 - average 30 /s (1,059 cu ft/s)

The Nive (Basque: Errobi, Occitan: Niva) is a French river that flows through the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The river starts in the Pyrenees and is a left tributary of the Adour river.


The Nive river has a length of 79.3 km (49.3 mi), and a drainage basin with an area of approximately 1,030 km2 (398 sq mi).

Its average yearly discharge (volume of water which passes through a section of the river per unit of time) is 30.00 m3/s (1,059 cu ft/s) at Cambo-les-Bains in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department.

Average monthly discharge (m3/s) at Cambo-les-Bains (1967 - 2017)


The Nive proper is formed from three small rivers in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port:

  • The Nive de Béhérobie (main stream)
  • The Laurhibar - 28.1 km;
  • The Nive d'Arnéguy - 20.8 km;.

The Nive passes through the towns of Estérençuby (Nive de Béhérobie), Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Bidarray, Cambo-les-Bains, Ustaritz, Villefranque and Bayonne, where it flows into the Adour.

It joins the Adour in the city of Bayonne, on its left bank, at an altitude of 3 m (9.8 ft) and at about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the Bay of Biscay (Atlantic Ocean).

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