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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
Rue Garat F - 64500 Saint-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 ..
place Louis-XIV F - 64500 Saint-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..
rue de la République F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
The town centre has a lot of character with its pedestrian streets (honouring Gambetta and the Republic) and Basque houses. The oldest house in St Jean is at n° 17 Rue de la République. Surprisingly it is built from ashlar stone, unlike its neighbour..
17 r. de la République F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
This restaurant has an unpretentious yet cosy setting. Two interconnected buildings (one is 16C, the town's oldest), exposed stonework, soft lighting and fish-based bistro cuisine.
33 rue Garat F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
pl. Maurice-Ravel F - 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz
30 bd 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.
2 r. 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.
6 r. 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..