Come and discover Saint-Jean-de-Luz, a seaside resort town in the Basque Country since the 19th century. You will find in Saint-Jean-de-Luz an authentic town centre. The pedestrian streets and active small local businesses give rhythm to the life of the town centre.
Saint-Jean-de-Luz enjoys a strong cultural identity and an internationally renowned history. Indeed, the town hosted the marriage of Louis XIV in 1660. You can also visit the Maison de l’Infante Joanoenia museum, or the Louis XIV square and museum. You also have the opportunity to enjoy its 5 beaches, each one with its own particular atmosphere. If you feel like a walk, you can revitalise yourself on the coastal path. From the beaches’ edge to the edge of the cliffs, you can discover magnificent landscapes. What’s more, water sports such as surfing or windsurfing are on offer. Saint-Jean-de-Luz has a ‘three flowers’ label on account of its parks and gardens which are an integral part of the town. You therefore have the chance to discover the coastal Paul Jovet botanical garden. Further on, you can also visit the Jean Vier Basque Ecomuseum.
The town has two thalassotherapy centres. For a day or a longer stay, come and revitalise yourself in Saint-Jean-de-Luz! Between sea and mountains, you will find paths to take on foot or on bicycle, all around the town. For those who want to see something other than the beach, you can stop in at the golf course, go for a trip in a canoe, on a quad bike or even on a Segway! As well as that, the Place Louis XIV is bustling every Sunday morning with singing and dance performances.
In Saint-Jean-de-Luz, there are outings for everyone. A casino for the players, and different shows depending on the season. Indeed, you can see performances of flamenco, pelota, Cesta Punta or Basque music.
Here are our top 5 things to do in Saint-Jean-de-Luz:
- Wander around the port, one of the largest in France, and enjoy the view over the town from Ciboure and the Maison de l’Infante (to visit from June to October)
- Visit the Saint Jean-Baptiste church which witnessed the marriage of Louis XIV with Maria Theresa, the ‘Infante’ of Spain, and which is listed as a Historical Monument.
- Enjoy the most beautiful view of the town, at Sainte-Barbe Point.
- A unique view is waiting for you during your walk on the paths of the Point.
- Taste the excellent local products like sheep’s cheese, pâté, Bayonne ham or freshly caught sardines!
- Go to the Covered Market which is in place on Tuesday and Friday mornings (as well as Saturday mornings during the summer) to taste among other things, a delicious Basque cake.