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Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Travel Guide
Saint-Jean-de-Luz featuring a coastal town, a sandy beach and general coastal views

With its lively fishing port and traditional half-timbered houses, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a beautiful place to stop on the French Basque coast.

A trip to pretty Saint-Jean-de-Luz can combine a swim in the calm ocean waters, cultural visits to the homes of former kings and meals of traditional Basque food with local cider.

Located at the mouth of the River Nivelle and set beneath the green Pyrenean foothills, Saint-Jean-de-Luz has the beaches, restaurants and charming authenticity expected from all towns on this coast. It somehow avoided the heavy tourism of other resorts farther north.

The town is one of France’s busiest fisheries. Look for colorful boats coming into the large natural harbor every morning and evening. Get up early and watch fishermen bring their catch ashore or join one of the crews on a deep-sea fishing trip. These run throughout the summer and leave from the port.

On shore, relax on the golden sands of St.-Jean-de-Luz Beach. It is the most protected bay on the coast, making it a great spot for a gentle swim.

The town is small enough that it can easily be covered on foot in an hour or 2. Walk along the charming streets and you’ll see why King Louis XIV decided to make Saint-Jean-de-Luz his temporary home before his marriage to Maria Teresa of Spain. Find out more about his stay with a visit to Maison Louis XIV near the port. Inside, examine the fine 17th-century artwork and antique furniture in many of the rooms. Nearby is the Maison de l’Infante, the former temporary home of Louis’s future wife. Admire the building’s brick and stone exterior and step inside to view oil paintings and rare jewelry.

Just east of the two mansions is France’s largest Basque church, the Church of St. John the Baptist. The façade is fairly simple but the interior features exquisite Baroque design. Marvel at the grand altar where Louis and Teresa married in 1660.

Stroll along the seafront to find the best of the town’s restaurants. Unsurprisingly, the menus are heavily seafood oriented. You’ll find other Basque specialties, such as stewed lamb, too.

The proximity of the snow-covered Pyrenees means that winters in Saint-Jean-de-Luz can be wet. Expect warm, sunny days from March until October.

Hotel Colbert
Hotel Colbert
3 out of 5
3 Boulevard Du Commandant Passicot, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
The price is $107 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Located in the heart of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of St-Jean-Baptiste and Maison Louis XIV. Maison de l'Infante and Port ...
4/5Very Good! (64 reviews)
"Great location. No parking included, but parkade is in front"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2019

Hotel Colbert
Grand Hôtel de la Poste
Grand Hôtel de la Poste
3 out of 5
83, Rue Gambetta, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
The price is $133 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St-Jean-de-Luz Beach, Church of St-Jean-Baptiste, and Maison Louis XIV. Maison de l'Infante ...
4.4/5Excellent! (160 reviews)
review
"good place very nice people"

Reviewed on Feb 1, 2020

Grand Hôtel de la Poste
B&B Hotel Saint-Jean-de-Luz
B&B Hotel Saint-Jean-de-Luz
2 out of 5
109 Chemin De Chibau, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
The price is $119 per night from Jul 25 to Jul 25
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Lafitenia Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bay of Biscay and Maison Louis XIV. Maison de l'Infante and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (498 reviews)
Pleasant stay
"Basic but good hotel"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2021

B&B Hotel Saint-Jean-de-Luz
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Arantza Apartamentuak
Arantza Apartamentuak
4 out of 5
Aientsa Auzoa, 10, Arantza, Navarra
The price is $518 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 24
Situated in Arantza, this romantic aparthotel is 4.6 mi (7.5 km) from San Juan Xar and within 16 mi (25 km) of EderBidea and Señorío de Bértiz Natural Park. ...
4/5Very Good! (4 reviews)
Sympa si on recherche la solitude
"Bel appartement avec tout le nécessaire. Belle vue, retiré de tout. Par contre, les 5km avant d'arriver sont épiques. Une route très étroite de montagne où il est très difficile de se croiser avec une autre voiture."

Reviewed on Jun 2, 2019

Arantza Apartamentuak
Markulluko Borda Rural Suites
Markulluko Borda Rural Suites
3 out of 5
Bagordiko Bidea s / n, Elizondo, Baztan, Navarra
Situated in Baztan, this apartment building is 6.5 mi (10.4 km) from Señorío de Bértiz Natural Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of Cuevas de Zuggaramurdi and Grotte ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"La estancia fue muy agradable, desde el recibimiento hasta la despedida. El apartamento estaba completamente equipado, mucho más que la mayoría de apartamentos donde nos hemos alojado. las vistas desde balcón son espectaculares."

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Markulluko Borda Rural Suites
Camping Ariztigain
Camping Ariztigain
2 out of 5
Calle Añerdi Auzoa, 11, Sumbilla
Situated in Sumbilla, this campground is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Señorío de Bértiz Natural Park and within 20 mi (32 km) of La Rhune and Ecological Park Plaiaundi. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Tranquil
"Lovely location. We onlly stopped for one night but would consider a longer stay"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2019

Camping Ariztigain
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