St Jean de Luz Destination Guide

Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a city with charm, sun, authentic cuisine and a number of entertaining festivals. It is located 20 km from Biarritz, west of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques. This is a true paradise for nature-lovers with its wild landscapes, luscious greenery and great architectural heritage. The centre of the city is very dynamic, especially in the summer given that many tourists visit each year. Saint-Jean-de-Luz has great character, with resident taking pride in their Basque culture.  Pelota is a traditional sport which is frequently played and, as a matter of fact, the Basque language is still widely spoken.

Activities

The traditional festivals bring live music and performance to the city throughout the year. Saint-Jean-de-Luz is located in between the ocean and the Pyrenees Mountains. Consequently, in the summer you can enjoy the spoils of the beaches. In winter you can escape to one of the many nearby Ski Resorts in under an hour. The main beach is simply known as “La Grand Plage”, with its crescent shape it ensures that beachgoers are protected from large unruly waves, making it perfect for families with children. There are good facilities on the beaches and activities include swimming, kite surfing, kite sailing and on shore games such as netball and table tennis. A walk along the promenade is simply a must. You will undoubtedly find a good variety of restaurants, cafes as well as ice cream parlours to try.

Perhaps two of the most iconic buildings are the Grand Hotel, built in 1909, and the Casino La Pergola, with its beautiful art-deco style architecture. Rue Gambetta is the main street with little shops selling locally produced goods. This includes chocolates and Linge Basque, fabrics with brightly coloured stripes in the form of napkins, tea towels and linens. Additionally, on this street, you will find Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, which is considered a very important part of Basque history and dates right back to the 15th century. The main town square is full of artisanal boutiques, Basque musicians and restaurants. You will also find the town hall and the Maison Louis XIV, built in 1643 in the typical Basque architectural style.

Travel

Saint-Jean-de-Luz is conveniently located just 15 km from Spain and 15,7 km from Biarritz airport via the motorway.