Things to see and do - Saint-Jean-de-Luz
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Saint-Jean-de-Luz Travel guide
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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
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..
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..
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..
1 Boulevard Commandant Passicot F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Located just 100 metres from the harbour in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the Hotel de Paris offers guest rooms with free Wi-Fi access and a TV. A continental breakfast is prepared every morning. Each room is decorated in a traditional style and it includes a ..
58 Rue Gambetta F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
The hotel Les Almadies is located in the centre of Saint-Jean-de-Luz in a typical Basque house. It offers free Wi-Fi access. There, rooms are fully equipped with a mini bar, a flat-screen TV, and a bathroom with a bath tub or a shower. Some rooms ha..
6 rue Mazarin F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
The head chef of this handsome Luz house is the former chef of Hotel Héliantal at Hendaye. Regional produce takes pride of place on a menu that is essentially contemporary in spirit. Sample creative cuisine in a friendly, elegant interior or on a sma..
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 ..
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
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.
43 boulevard Thiers F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
In the mythical setting of the Grand Hôtel, Christophe Grosjean has quickly found his feet. His belief is that healthy cooking - in step with the ethos of the hotel - does not have to be any less delicious. Full of contrasts and finesse, his cuisine ..