This article is about the river. For the Peninsular War battle, see Battle of the Nive. For other rivers, see Nive River.

Nive in Bayonne
Country  France
Main source Pyrenees
43°03′38″N 1°11′49″W / 43.06056°N 1.19694°W / 43.06056; -1.19694 (Primary source of Nive)
River mouth Adour
43°29′38″N 1°28′27″W / 43.49389°N 1.47417°W / 43.49389; -1.47417 (Adour-Nive)Coordinates: 43°29′38″N 1°28′27″W / 43.49389°N 1.47417°W / 43.49389; -1.47417 (Adour-Nive)
Progression AdourAtlantic Ocean
Basin size 1,030 km2 (400 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 80 km (50 mi)

The Nive (Basque: Errobi, Occitan: Niva) is a French river that flows through the French Basque Country. It is a left tributary of the river Adour. The river's source in the Pyrenees in Lower Navarre. The river Nive was made famous by the Le petit Nicolas series.


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

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.

Principal tributaries


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