Things to see and do - Saint-Jean-de-Luz
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Saint-Jean-de-Luz Travel guide
Saint-Jean-de-Luz : Michelin's recommendations
This town of wealthy shipbuilders was once known for its highly skilled privateers, nearly as famous as their neighbours from St. Malo! Right on the ocean, with a superb bay, it was destined to be caught up in the society whirlwind that started in Biarritz in the 1850s. Seaside villas sprung up next to Basque houses with painted wood façades, large shipbuilder’s homes and 17C palaces. Today this attractive blend of styles is the ideal setting for a relaxing time on the beach or a stroll around the little fishing port.
Tourist attractions Saint-Jean-de-Luz : Things to see and do
r. Rue Gambetta F - 64500 St-Jean-de-Luz
Inside this plain and rather severe church, the raised choir is closed off by a beautiful wrought-iron screen, and a glistening gold reredos dating from the 17C. To the right of the main entrance, note the blocked doorway, the custom after a royal ma..
Place Louis-XIV F - 64500 St-Jean-de-Luz
This is a noble dwelling the façade of which is distinguished by its corner turrets and corbelled construction. Inside the old-Basque style is reflected in the straight run staircase. The manager of the Lohbiague ship probably had no idea of what was..
quai Maurice-Ravel F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
This is an important fishing port for sardines, tuna and anchovies (whales are sadly a thing of the past here), located at the end of the harbour that indents the Landes coast between Arcachon and Bidassoa. There are some sturdy sea-walls and breakwa..
3 Boulevard Du Commandant Passicot F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
The Best Western Hotel Colbert is located near the fishing port in the heart of Cité des Corsaires. It is a 5-minute walk to the beach, fishing port and local restaurants. The air-conditioned rooms at the Hotel Colbert are soundproofed and fitted wi..
21, Boulevard Thiers F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Offering a roof swimming pool with mountain views, a sun terrace, a shared lounge and luggage storage, Zazpi Hotel is located in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Each bedroom has air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a DVD player...
13 avenue De Verdun F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Situated in the heart of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, 300 metres from the beach, is the Hotel Le Relais Saint-Jacques. Air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, free internet access and a minibar. The private bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer and ..
2 rue St-Jacques F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
This Basque inn should not be missed! Louis Floutier plates and wall paintings, copperware, a quirky manual ventilation system and truly authentic regional fare.
30 boulevard Thiers F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
A local institution serving updated Basque cuisine. It has a beige interior incorporating exotic woods, a sheltered terrace and a smoking area in the little garden.
place Maurice-Ravel F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
17 rue de la République F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
In the centre of the resort, it is a pleasure to seek refuge in this cosy and elegant restaurant, located in what is said to be the oldest building in town (16C). However, there is nothing old about the menu. Nicolas Borombo creates lovely, original ..
5 rue Cépé F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
The restaurant of the Hotel Parc Victoria is refined and elegant, like the hotel itself. In the Art Deco dining area, or by the pool, you can enjoy contemporary cuisine. The lunch menu is simpler (grilled dishes, salads).
6 rue Mazarin F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
In Basque, a zoko moko is a "peaceful corner"... and yet, the young chef - back in his home town after gaining a wealth of experience in Paris - won't let your taste buds rest. Cleverly elaborated, centred on good local ingredients, careful..