Saint-Jean-de-Luz has six beaches. Whether for lounging, bathing, sunbathing or surfing, there is something for everyone. With its fine sand and sea walls protecting it from waves, the Grande Plage is ideal for family activities and for beginners to learn water sports.
The numerous stores on rue Gambetta are open every day, including Sundays. From fashion to interior design and delicious pastry shops, shopping becomes a pure pleasure. It is also the ideal place to find souvenirs, emblematic of the region.
Place Louis XIV is the nerve centre of the town. Bordered by superb houses, it is home to a multitude of bars, and the ideal place to have a drink. In summer, don’t miss the Toro de Fuego evenings, a very festive parody of a corrida.
In bygone days one of the most important harbours in France, it remains enchantingly colourful. Still very active, take time to enjoy watching the continual ballet between the fishing boats and taste the delicious freshly caught fish and seafood.
This architectural gem and listed historical monument is famous for having been the place where the mariage was solemnised between Louis XIV and the Infanta Maria-Theresa of Spain in 1660. It also houses a 17th century Baroque-style gilt-wood altarpiece.
Built in 1643 by Joannis de Lohobiague, a rich shipowner from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and still lived in today, it was the residence of Louis XIV in 1660. Over 3 centuries of furniture, paintings, crockery and other objects are on view.
Overlooking the harbour, the Maison de l’Infante called Joanoenia is a historical residence, distinctive for its Italianate arcades and facade of ochre coloured stone and red bricks. As its name implies, the Infanta Maria-Theresa resided here at the time of her mariage to Louis XIV in 1660.
Open daily from 7 am to 1 pm, the Halles market is an essential visit when staying in Saint-Jean-de-Luz to discover regional produce such as ewes cheese or Kintoa ham. Make sure you stop for a drink accompanied with some pintxos.
The Pointe de Sainte-Barbe offers one of the finest views over Saint-Jean-de-Luz and its bay. It is located on the coastal path, the starting point of many walks since there are over fifty kilometres of superb views along the Basque coastline, from Bidart to San Sebastian.
Overlooking the ocean, the Saint-Jean-de-Luz botanical garden is a wonderful invitation to wander through the natural environment of the Basque coast. Guided tours, workshops and other exhibitions for children and adults are organised throughout the year.
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